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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 23.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    Programme can be tailored to your interests. The MA focuses on human geography, including: environment and development; environmental policies and politics; geopolitics; urbanisation; globalisation. The MSc focuses on physical geography, particularly modules available on the Environmental Monitoring, Modelling & Management programme.

    KEY BENEFITS
    * A wide range of geographical topics are covered.
    * Teaching is led by the research interests of staff and is cutting-edge.
    * The programme can be tailored to the interests of individual students.

    PURPOSE
    The primary aim of the MA/MSc programme is to provide an advanced foundation in geography, bringing students up to date with the latest developments in their chosen fields of study. The distinction between the MA and the MSc arises from the modules taken, with the MA awarded for degrees that focus more on human geography and the MSc awarded for degrees that focus more on physical geography. Students enrolled for the MA Geography programme are expected to take most of their options in human geography and those enrolled for the MSc Geography programme are expected to take most of their options in physical geography.

    DESCRIPTION
    This programme provides a broad grounding in geography. In addition to a compulsory dissertation, students can choose from a wide range of thematic items. The distinction between the MA and the MSc arises from the modules taken. The MA is awarded for degrees that focus on human geography, including fields such as environment and development, environmental policies and politics, geopolitics, urbanisation and globalisation. The MSc focuses on physical geography modules, particularly those available on the Environmental, Monitoring, Modelling and Management programme.

    EXTRA PROGRAMME INFORMATION
    Students following the MA are expected to take the compulsory research methods module (Practising Social Research 1) plus options from other MA human geography Programmes offered in Geography. Students following the MSc are expected to take the compulsory research methods module (Methods in Environmental Research) plus options from other MSc physical geography programmes offered in Geography.

    STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    Core programme content

    Core modules (60 credits):

    * EITHER 7SSG5004 Dissertation in MA Geography OR 7SSG5000 Dissertation in MSc Geography (both modules 60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

    Compulsory modules (20 credits):

    * EITHER 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research for MA Geography students OR 7SSG5110 Methods for Environmental Research for MSc Geography students (both modules 20 credits)

    Indicative non-core content

    Optional modules in Geography (100-110 credits):

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

    Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

    * 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, essay, presentation, lab work and occasionally by examination. The three-month dissertation is compulsory and can be taken overseas or in the UK.

    MODULES
    More information on typical programme modules.
    NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

    * Practising Social Research - Required (MA pathway only)
    * Methods for environmental research - Required (MSc pathway only)
    * Boundaries, Sovereignty & The Territorial State - Optional
    * Community, Vulnerability and Disaster Risk - Optional
    * Conceptualising Cities - Optional
    * Critical Geographies of Terrorism - Optional
    * Development And Environmentalism In The 'South' - Optional
    * Disasters and Development - Optional
    * Environment, Livelihoods & Development In The South - Optional
    * Environmental Actors & Politics - Optional
    * Environmental GIS - Optional
    * Environmental Internship - Optional
    * Environmental Remote Sensing - Optional
    * Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes - Optional
    * Globalisation and the Environment - Optional
    * Health, Lifestyles and Cities - Optional
    * Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface - Optional
    * Monitoring Environmental Change - Optional
    * Risk Assessment - Optional
    * Risk Communication - Optional
    * Risk Governance - Optional
    * Risk Management - Optional
    * River Processes & Management - Optional
    * Social Change in Global Cities - Optional
    * Southern Africa: The Political Ecology of Land and Agriculture - Optional
    * Territorial and Boundary Dispute Resolution - Optional
    * Tourism and Development - Optional
    * Tourism and the Environment - Optional
    * Understanding and Managing the Urban Atmosphere - Optional
    * Understanding and Managing Urban Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems - Optional
    * Urban Studies Internship - Optional
    * Urbanisation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Livelihoods and Patterns of Growth - Optional
    * Water Resources and Water Policy - Optional


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Program requirements

    Minimum standard is a 2:1 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 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A)

    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 master's section of the Geography Department's website -

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