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MSc Sustainable Cities

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
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 Tuition fee

17550 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

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National 0 GBP
Department of Geography
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

Unique in the UK, the only MA/MSc to explicitly address sustainable cities. Interdisciplinary programme. Internships available. Focuses on the human and physical processes shaping urban ecologies and environments. Leads to careers in: international organisations, agencies, consultancies, national and city governments, charities, research organisations and academia.

Key benefits

  • Unique in the UK it is the only MA/MSc to address sustainable cities explicitly.
  • Programme is interdisciplinary.
  • Internships are available.
  • Located in the heart of London.

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Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas 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 requirement:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Required Modules

Core module (both pathways) (60 credits):

  • 7SSG5142 Dissertation in Sustainable Cities (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

Compulsory modules (Combined Sciences Pathway, leading to an MSc) (80 credits):

  • EITHER 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research OR 7SSG5110 Methods for Environmental Research (both modules 20 credits)
  • EITHER 7SSG5146 Understanding and Managing Urban Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems OR 7SSG5150 Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (both modules 20 credits)
  • 7SSG5179 Understanding the Sustainable City (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5180 Governing the Sustainable City (20 credits)

Compulsory modules (Social Science Pathway, leading to an MA) (60 credits):

  • 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5179 Understanding the Sustainable City (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5180 Governing the Sustainable City (20 credits)
  • Dissertation
  • Methods For Environmental Research
  • Practising Social Research
  • Understanding And Managing Urban Aquatic And Terrestrial Systems

Optional Modules

Optional modules (Combined Sciences Pathway: 40–70 credits):

Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department.

Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.

Optional modules (Social Science Pathway: 60-90 credits):

Students on the Social Science pathway must take 60 credits of optional modules, with at least 40 credits from the list of “prescribed optional modules” given below, and the other credits may come from the “Other Optional Modules for the Social Sciences Pathway” (including those on the prescribed optional modules).

List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to the SOCIAL SCIENCE MA pathway:

  • 7SSG5051 Social Change in Global Cities (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5061 Conceptualising Cities (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5064 Urban Studies Internship (20 credits) OR 7SSG5070 Environmental Internship (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5073 Environmental Actors and Politics (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5100 Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa: Livelihoods and Patterns of Growth (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5115 Gentrification and Urban Regeneration (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5147 Globalisation and the Environment (40 credits)
  • 7SSG5148 Consumption, Globalisation and Sustainability (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5152 Health, Lifestyles and Cities (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5165 Environmental Science and Policymaking (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5208 Understanding Climate Change in Society (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5209 The Right to the City (20 credits)

Other Optional Modules Available to Students on the SOCIAL SCIENCES MA pathway:

Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the lists of prescribed optional modules given above.
Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.

Please note that the above programme structure is subject to formal approval.

  • Conceptualising Cities
  • Environmental Actors & Politics
  • Environmental GIS
  • Environmental Internship
  • Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Health, Lifestyles And Cities
  • Modelling Environmental Change At The Land Surface
  • Monitoring Environmental Change
  • Social Change In Global Cities
  • Urban Studies Internship
  • Urbanisation In Sub-Saharan Africa: Livelihoods And Patterns Of Growth
  • Theorising Cities: Inequalities and Difference
  • Environment, Livelihoods & Development In The South
  • Globalisation And The Environment
  • Disasters And Development
  • Environmental Science & Policymaking
  • Community, Vulnerability And Disaster Risk
  • Climate Change and Culture
  • The Right to the City
  • Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development
  • Required modules - MA only
  • Practising Social Research
  • Understanding The Sustainable City
  • Governing The Sustainable City
  • Required modules - MSc only
  • Understanding The Sustainable City
  • Governing The Sustainable City

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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. There is no set deadline.

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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