Our Sustainable Cities MSc provides an advanced understanding of contemporary debates about sustainable cities, with a specific focus on the human and physical processes shaping urban ecologies and environments. The programme combines pure and applied research methods from human and physical geography, giving you an advanced level understanding of contemporary debates about Sustainable Cities. In this programme, we aim to:
- Develop your critical understanding of the interrelationships between urbanization and human lifestyles, politics, economy, ecology and environment.
- Enhance your critical understanding of human impacts on physical processes in cities, and the implications for habitation and liveability.
- Increase your ability to evaluate advanced scholarship relating to policies that promote urban sustainability.
- Promote initiative and develop your independent critical judgment in identifying, analysing and solving problems at an advanced level.
- Help you to develop relevant transferable skills which are embedded in our learning and assessment schemes.
- Develop your practical skills in data handling, interpretation and use, and develop skills in connecting physical dynamics to social, political and management processes.
- Identify the challenges of managing cities in an integrated and sustainable manner.
- Enable you to deploy scientific, social and economic theory within a sustainability framework which takes into account the need to address the needs of society, the economy and the protection of environmental resources.
This programme is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus, with occasional lectures and practical sessions taking place at the Waterloo Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
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 and seminars, typically 20 hours per module. We also expect you to undertake 130 hours of independent study of each module.
|Module ||Lectures, seminars 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.
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 by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.
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