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Environmental Science for Sustainability MSc

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Our MSc Environmental Science for Sustainability is a skills-based programme that focuses on giving you the practical and technical skills that are widely used by the environmental science and sustainability sectors. The teaching covers the theoretical background to environmental science, environmental impact assessment, cost benefit analysis as well as practical training in computer, field and laboratory technical skills for the collection, analysis and interpretation of environmental data to evaluate environmental change. Throughout the programme, you will learn to monitor, model and manage the impact of environmental processes and change on environmental sustainability across land, water, atmosphere and biosphere. You will develop practical and analytical skills that can be readily applied to monitoring, modelling and mapping of environmental data and for understanding and better managing environmental problems associated with a range of human activities. This programme will enable you to learn skills that are actively sought by employers as environmental science training is now critical to ensure environmental sustainability across all industries. You will also get the opportunity to tailor your studies to your particular career and/or research interests. This programme offers a blended approach to delivery and can be taken in-person or remotely (with a compulsory 2-week visit to London for the field and laboratory intensive), making use of interactive digital technologies to enhance learning. You can choose to study full-time (one year) or part-time (2 years) meaning the programme is suitable for graduates ready to start their career or those already in work.

Key benefits

  • Enjoy a leading programme from a world class university that is highly practical providing training laboratory skills, computer skills and field skills
  • Establish a cutting edge understanding of the environmental science needed to evaluate environmental sustainability and change critically and to identify appropriate solutions and their societal and business implications.
  • Offers a flexible and blended approach to learning enabling you to fit the programme around other commitments and maximises the use of class time for critical engagement, discussion and reflection.
  • Develop independent critical judgment in identifying, analysing and solving problems at an advanced level guidance by world-leading academics and practitioners.
  • The programme also offers an optional internship module with one of more than 60 environmental organisations
  • Complement technical skills with highly employable skills in communication, data analysis and interpretation, evidence-based decision making, practical problem-solving, leadership, and team working.
  • Learn sustainability science in a sustainable way - King's College London is fully divested from all fossil fuel investment, the Department of Geography has been awarded gold status by the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact scheme for its commitment to sustainability, and the Geography Lab also being awarded Gold in the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF).

This Environmental Science for Sustainability MSc is a skills-focused programme that provides advanced level training in environmental science to tackle the sustainability challenges faced by private and public sector organisations and society in general.  You will gain an in-depth understanding of the data, science and practice underlying a broad range of environmental issues and the process of scientific research and management for sustainability.  Your practical skills will be developed through teaching in the analytical laboratory, computer laboratory and through fieldwork. This programme is offered as blended/online, involving two terms of online classes and an intensive two week period of laboratory and fieldwork in the UK - or as a residential MSc with two terms of modules in London and an intensive two week period of laboratory and fieldwork.  The MSc is available full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years). Available to home and international full-time students only (not currently available to international part-time students). Our flexible approach to learning means that you can study part-time while you work, or study full time and choose between campus teaching or online learning with a visit to London in the second semester. Laboratory skills will be learnt in the million-pound John B Thornes Lab. Find out how this leading academic resource will enhance your skills.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will teach you through a combination of lectures, lab and field practicals, and seminars, typically 20 hours per module. We also expect you to undertake 130 hours of guided independent study for each module.

Module

Lectures, seminars, lab practicals and feedback

Self-study

Per 15-credit taught module

16-30 hours.

120-134 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).

Dissertation module

Usually 5 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.

595 hours of self-study and project work.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Practical Examinations
  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Lab Work
  • Dissertation

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally an examination, depending on the modules selected. All students will produce a research dissertation of 12,000 words.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Dissertation (60 Credits)
Environmental Field and Lab Techniques for Sustainability (15 credits)
Environmental Science for Sustainability (15 credits)
Environmental Data Analysis (15 credits)
Research Design and Project Management (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students take 60-70 credits of optional modules of which at least 45 credits must be from the prescribed list of options and the other 15 credits from the other optional modules. Prescribed List of Options Specific to this Programme

Earth Observation and Remote Sensing for Sustainability (15 Credits)
GIS and Spatial Data Science (15 Credits)
Modelling Environmental Change (15 credits)

Other Optional Modules

Environmental Dynamics in the Anthropocene (15 credits)
Environmental Science and Policymaking (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Climate Change (15 credits)
Sustainability in Practice (15 credits)
Understanding the Sustainable City (15 credits)
Water Sustainability, Society and Governance (15 credits)

Any other Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above. 

Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography with permission of the module director and the corresponding department. 

Part-Time Students

  • Part-time students are advised to take 75-90 credits of taught modules in their first year, including Environmental Science for Sustainability and Environmental Data Analysis, thereby allowing enough time to focus on the Dissertation in their second year. The module Research Design and Project Management should be taken in the second year.

Part-Time International Students and paid or unpaid work

  • Please note that for international students, UK Government guidelines are currently more restrictive for those holding part-time visas than full-time visas. If you hold a student visa for a part-time programme, you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK. Therefore, the Internship (Environment and Society) module is only available to full-time overseas students but not part-time overseas students, as the UK government considers it unpaid work. The Internship module is also available to full- or part-time home students.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Graduates from the Environmental Science For Sustainability programme are well suited to secure careers in local government, the private sector, national and international environmental and development NGOs, as well as in public or private research institutions. Skills developed could be applied to careers in environmental management, in regulatory, compliance or consulting settings. Future careers could see you in the field of environmental sustainability in environmental and social governance units of  private sector organisations. You could also be moving on to doctoral research in a broad range of environmental science-related topics.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Room and board for the residential field trip (est. £300-500).
  • Transport associated with the residential field trip (est. £50-150).
  • Some modules also include the option to undertake other short day-trip fieldwork. These fieldwork options will enhance the modules, but they are not assessed as part of the module. The additional costs for short day-trip fieldwork would typically not exceed £50 per year.
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • Costs may be incurred for your dissertation work if fieldwork and/or laboratory materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

Funding

This Environmental Science for Sustainability MSc is a skills-focused programme that provides advanced level training in environmental science to tackle the sustainability challenges faced by private and public sector organisations and society in general.  You will gain an in-depth understanding of the data, science and practice underlying a broad range of environmental issues and the process of scientific research and management for sustainability.  Your practical skills will be developed through teaching in the analytical laboratory, computer laboratory and through fieldwork. This programme is offered as blended/online, involving two terms of online classes and an intensive two week period of laboratory and fieldwork in the UK - or as a residential MSc with two terms of modules in London and an intensive two week period of laboratory and fieldwork.  The MSc is available full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years). Available to home and international full-time students only (not currently available to international part-time students). Our flexible approach to learning means that you can study part-time while you work, or study full time and choose between campus teaching or online learning with a visit to London in the second semester. Laboratory skills will be learnt in the million-pound John B Thornes Lab. Find out how this leading academic resource will enhance your skills.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will teach you through a combination of lectures, lab and field practicals, and seminars, typically 20 hours per module. We also expect you to undertake 130 hours of guided independent study for each module.

Module

Lectures, seminars, lab practicals and feedback

Self-study

Per 15-credit taught module

16-30 hours.

120-134 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).

Dissertation module

Usually 5 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.

595 hours of self-study and project work.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Practical Examinations
  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Lab Work
  • Dissertation

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally an examination, depending on the modules selected. All students will produce a research dissertation of 12,000 words.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Dissertation (60 Credits)
Environmental Field and Lab Techniques for Sustainability (15 credits)
Environmental Science for Sustainability (15 credits)
Environmental Data Analysis (15 credits)
Research Design and Project Management (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students take 60-70 credits of optional modules of which at least 45 credits must be from the prescribed list of options and the other 15 credits from the other optional modules. Prescribed List of Options Specific to this Programme

Earth Observation and Remote Sensing for Sustainability (15 Credits)
GIS and Spatial Data Science (15 Credits)
Modelling Environmental Change (15 credits)

Other Optional Modules

Environmental Dynamics in the Anthropocene (15 credits)
Environmental Science and Policymaking (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Climate Change (15 credits)
Sustainability in Practice (15 credits)
Understanding the Sustainable City (15 credits)
Water Sustainability, Society and Governance (15 credits)

Any other Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above. 

Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography with permission of the module director and the corresponding department. 

Part-Time Students

  • Part-time students are advised to take 75-90 credits of taught modules in their first year, including Environmental Science for Sustainability and Environmental Data Analysis, thereby allowing enough time to focus on the Dissertation in their second year. The module Research Design and Project Management should be taken in the second year.

Part-Time International Students and paid or unpaid work

  • Please note that for international students, UK Government guidelines are currently more restrictive for those holding part-time visas than full-time visas. If you hold a student visa for a part-time programme, you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK. Therefore, the Internship (Environment and Society) module is only available to full-time overseas students but not part-time overseas students, as the UK government considers it unpaid work. The Internship module is also available to full- or part-time home students.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Graduates from the Environmental Science For Sustainability programme are well suited to secure careers in local government, the private sector, national and international environmental and development NGOs, as well as in public or private research institutions. Skills developed could be applied to careers in environmental management, in regulatory, compliance or consulting settings. Future careers could see you in the field of environmental sustainability in environmental and social governance units of  private sector organisations. You could also be moving on to doctoral research in a broad range of environmental science-related topics.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Room and board for the residential field trip (est. £300-500).
  • Transport associated with the residential field trip (est. £50-150).
  • Some modules also include the option to undertake other short day-trip fieldwork. These fieldwork options will enhance the modules, but they are not assessed as part of the module. The additional costs for short day-trip fieldwork would typically not exceed £50 per year.
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • Costs may be incurred for your dissertation work if fieldwork and/or laboratory materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

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