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Global Air Pollution & Health: Management and Science

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Global Air Pollution & Health; Management & Science MSc is a unique study course that combines research excellence with close links to business and policy makers. The course covers all aspects of air quality, from emissions, measurement and modelling to exposure science and the impacts of air pollutants on health.



Key benefits

  • The only course in the UK that covers both air pollution and health.

  • Our Internationally leading air quality and health academics currently advise the World Health Organisation, the UK Government and the European Commission and you will form strong links with departmental research groups and external organisations worldwide.

  • Internationally renowned experts and practitioners deliver a stimulating and varied study programme.

  • Opportunities to gain specific and targeted training and research in the fields of air quality management.

  • Unrivalled access to sophisticated air quality instruments, air quality models, emission inventories and innovative data analysis methods.

  • You will form strong links with departmental research groups and external organisations worldwide.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year full-time 2-3 years part-time

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Course intake Approximately 10 full time

Course leaders

Dr Sean Beevers

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office

tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000

fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences



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The World Health Organisation estimated that in 2012 air pollution was associated with seven million premature deaths worldwide. This finding more than doubles the previous estimates and also confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

As part of the Global Air Pollution & Health; Management & Science MSc, you will receive training from leading air quality and health experts who currently advise the World Health Organisation, the UK Government and the European Commission. You will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the contemporary theory and practice of air quality and its management.

You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, of which 60 credits will come from a dissertation.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus.

Course purpose

This course provides the educational opportunities that will enable you to develop the knowledge, research understanding, analytical and reasoning skills required for advanced air quality assessment and management research.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic year may look like in terms of contact hours: 


162 hours


15 hours


8 hours


7 hours


13 hours


 1600 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. This can include written assignments such as essays, case studies (written and oral), dissertations and practical assessments. In addition, some modules will require you to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules
  • Air Pollution Science (30 credits)
  • Measurement Techniques (15 credits)
  • Air Quality Health Science (15 credits)
  • Air Quality Modelling (15 credits)
  • Air Quality Data Science (15 credits)
  • Exposure Science (15 credits)
  • Air Quality Management (15 credits)
  • Project & Dissertation (60 credits)

Part-time students studying over three years should expect to take 60 credits each year, those studying in two years will study 120 credits one year and 60 credits in the other.

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


Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Global Air Pollution Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

Degree; minimum Upper Second (2.1) or equivalent in a relevant science subject, bioscience or medicine.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Your application will be assessed by two academics (Admissions Tutors). Shortlisted home candidates may be interviewed in person or by Skype, and shortlisted overseas candidates may be interviewed by telephone or Skype. We aim to process all applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, some applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement that shows how your own interests are linked to the programme. In this statement please describe your academic background, your reasons for applying for this programme and what you hope to gain from it, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests. Include any computing skills/proficiency that may not be covered elsewhere in your application.

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,375 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,275 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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


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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 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.

Additional costs/expenses

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

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

With a Global Air Pollution & Health: Management & Science MSc you would be in an ideal position to continue your career in research, work in the business sector- for example in large multinational consultancies, national government agencies, the European Commission and NGOs.

Career destinations

Large multinational consultances, national government agencies, the European Commission and NGO's.


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