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MA Environment & Development

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
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 Tuition fee

17550 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

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Department of Geography
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The MA Environment and Development programme is aimed at providing students with an advanced theoretical understanding of the relationship between development problems and environmental issues, grounded in differing regional contexts across the global South. This will involve the critical appraisal of paradigms generated in the North from the viewpoint of the South, as well as the detailed study of paradigms emerging in the South.

Key benefits

  • Staff all have first hand experience of environmental and developmental issues in the world's poor countries.
  • Interactive teaching, with regular classroom discussions.
  • Students are encouraged to carry out original fieldwork either in the UK or overseas for their dissertations. 
  • Located in the heart of London. 

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Eligibility Criteria

2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University).

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

English language requirements:

IELTS: 7.0


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Course Modules

Required Modules

Core module (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):

  • 7SSG5005 Dissertation in Environment and Development (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

Compulsory modules (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):

  • 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research (20 credits, T1)
  • 7SSG5106 Development and Environmentalism in the ‘South’ (20 credits, T2)
  • 7SSG5107 Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’ (20 credits, T1)

Compulsory module (MSc pathway: 20 credits):

  • 7SSG5150 Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits, T2) †
  • Development And Environmentalism In The 'South'
  • Environment, Livelihoods & Development In The South
  • Practising Social Research

Optional Modules

Optional modules (MA pathway: 60–70 credits; MSc pathway: 40–50 credits):

Students must take 60–70 credits (MA pathway) or 40–50 credits (MSc pathway) of optional modules. For both MA and MSc pathways, at least 20 credits must be from the “list of prescribed optional modules” given below, and the other credits may come from the “other optional modules” list.

List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to this Programme:

  • 7SSG5100 Analysing African Cities: Globalization and Urban Livelihoods (20 credits, T1)
  • 7SSG5104 Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits, T2)
  • 7SSG5149 Disasters and Development (20 credits, T1)
  • 7SSG5168 Community, Vulnerability and Disaster Risk (20 credits, T2) (Prerequisite: 7SSG5149 Disasters and Development [offered T1], either through taking the module fully or through auditing)
  • 7SSG5178 Tourism, Conservation and the Environment (20 credits, T2)
  • 7SSG5208 Climate Change and Culture (20 credits, T2)
  • 7SSG5210 Climate:Science and History (20 credits, T1)
  • 7SSG5213A Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (20 credits, T2)

Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above.
Any Level 7 (Masters) modules (subject to availability) offered in the KCL India Institute on the MA Modern India, in the KCL China Institute on the MSc China & Globalisation and MSc Governance in Contemporary China and in the KCL Brazil Institute on the MA Brazil in Global Perspective. ‡
Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography. ‡

† Students who have taken module 7SSG5150 and wish to request an MSc award are required to complete a Changes to Registration Status Form (see https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/stu/geog/student-forms.aspx) in order to transfer from the MA to the MSc programme. The form must be submitted to the Geography Department by 1st May 2016.

‡ Students may take up to 20 credits of their programme’s optional modules, in departments or institutes outside of the Geography Department (i.e., non-7SSG modules). Approval will be subject to justification to and written approval of their Programme Director using the Permission to take modules in other KCL Departments/Institutes form (see https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/stu/geog/student-forms.aspx) and subject to availability and signed permission from the appropriate department/institute administrator (in the exterior department/institute) to allow them on the module. Please note that the 20 credits can be in addition to those China, India and Brazil institute optional modules listed above, within the total limit allowed by the Environment and Development programme for optional modules, and such that not more than 40 credits in total is taken outside of the department.

  • Community, Vulnerability And Disaster Risk
  • Disasters And Development
  • Southern Africa: The Political Ecology of Land and Agriculture
  • Tourism And The Environment
  • Urbanisation In Sub-Saharan Africa: Livelihoods And Patterns Of Growth
  • Water Resources And Water Policy
  • Climate Change and Culture
  • Climate: Science and History
  • Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development

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How to Apply

Application procedure

We run a rolling admissions system. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, 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.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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