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Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management enables you to gain a deeper understanding of environmental processes and techniques for managing environmental change. Study how to assess the causes and manage the consequences of environmental, climatic and land use change. Students choose to take either a research or a consultancy stream.
* Focuses on the delivery of important technical skills (GIS, Remote Sensing, modelling and monitoring).
* Students form strong links with departmental research groups and external organisations in the UK and beyond.
* Established since 1997.
* Located in the heart of London.
For those seeking a deeper understanding of environmental processes and techniques for managing environmental change. Provides advanced-level training in the application of environmental modelling and monitoring, remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS) to environmental management and the prevention, mitigation or adaptation to environmental change.
This programme examines how to assess the causes of, and manage the consequences of, environmental, climatic and land use change. You can choose to take either a "Research" or a "Consultancy" stream: they share core training elements but the Research stream links the student to a departmental research group working on aspects of environmental modelling and monitoring, while the Consultancy stream fosters links with external organisations and emphasises environmental management and consultancy over research.
We use an apprenticeship approach which embeds students in a departmental research groups (Research stream) or an external environmental, governmental or industrial agency (Consultancy stream). Both streams can include a dissertation placement collaborative with UK or overseas external organisations.
EXTRA PROGRAMME INFORMATION
Students can opt for the Research stream or the Consultancy stream. The compulsory modules for both streams include: Environmental Remote Sensing, Environmental GIS, Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface and Methods for Environmental Research. Students following the consultancy stream must also take Seminars in Environmental Research Management & Policy and an option module. Students following the research stream must also take Monitoring Environmental Change and Environmental Research Design & Application.
Core programme content
Core module (Research & Consultancy pathways: 60 credits):
* 7SSG5181 Dissertation in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)
Compulsory module (Research & Consultancy pathways: 20 credits):
* 7SSG5110 Methods for Environmental Research (20 credits)
Compulsory module (Research pathway: 20 credits):
* 7SSG5111 Environmental Research Design and Application (20 credits)
Compulsory module (Consultancy pathway: 20 credits):
* EITHER 7SSG5117 River Processes and Management (20 credits) OR 7SSG5165 Environmental Science and Policymaking (20 credits)
Indicative non-core content
Optional modules (80-110 credits):
Students must take 80 credits optional modules, with at least 60 credits from the list of prescribed optional modules given below, and the other credits may come from any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department (including those on the list of prescribed optional modules). Students on either stream who wish to take greater than 180 credits overall (for a maximum total of 210 credits) will require approval from the Programme Director using the Module Amendment Form available from However, it is not necessary to take these additional credits and it is strongly advised that students generally restrict themselves to the minimum number of credits required.
List of Prescribed Optional Modules:
* 7SSG5029 Environmental Remote Sensing (20 credits)
* 7SSG5031 Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface (20 credits)
* 7SSG5035 Monitoring Environmental Change (20 credits)
* 7SSG5109 Environmental GIS (20 credits)
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.
* Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Specialist taught modules assessed by report, presentation, lab work and occasionally by examination. The three-month dissertation is compulsory and can be taken overseas or in the UK.
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
* Environmental GIS - Required
* Environmental Remote Sensing - Required
* Methods for environmental research - Required
* Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface - Required
* Monitoring Environmental Change - Required
* Environmental Research Design & Applications - Optional
Varied including Research Councils, University of London Scholarships, departmental bursaries and career development loans. For overseas students Chevening Scholarships are available from the British Council. For further information on funding, including conditions of eligibility, please consult the Postgraduate Funding Page on the Masters section of the Geography Department's website -