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MSc Environment, Politics and Society

A distinctive MSc Programme that integrates social science concepts of the environment and theories of the political to explore the formation and continuance of contemporary environmental and political practices.

Environment, Politics and Society provides a distinctive opportunity to explore the way scientific, political and cultural practices shape our understanding of the society-environment relationship. We will examine the ways in which politics, power and knowledge are woven through geo-political and environmental practices in more complex ways than might be suggested by any conventional technical management 'solution.

The Programme fosters intellectual engagement with social science concepts, but is grounded in analysis of contemporary environmental and geo-political issues and policies. It will enhance your range of social science methods and personal transferable skills through the modules and assignments which include essays, group work, book reviews, project proposals and oral presentations.

The MSc recruits a diverse range of students from different academic backgrounds and nationalities meaning that small group discussions will usually be lively and informative. The course places significant emphasis on peer-to-peer learning so that your education is not just about the formal modules, but also the ability to learn from and exchange ideas with others. Some of your peers will be newly arrived from a variety of undergraduate programmes, while others will have several years of working experience.


The Programme can be completed full time over one year, or part time over two years. There are four compulsory modules (three in Term 1 and one in Term 2) and students then select four optional modules. Part-time students would usually take 0073, 0084, 0085 and one option in the first year; then 0082 and three options in second year. One optional module may be taken from another department within UCL, subject to permission.

The following modules will be available for 2021/22. Please note these may be subject to change.

Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0073 Environmental Knowledges 15 credits
GEOG0082 Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods 15 credits
GEOG0084 Geopolitics 15 credits
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0085 Environment, Politics and Practice 15 credits
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0093 Conservation and Environmental Management 15 credits


Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0078 Geographies of Material Culture 15 credits
GEOG0083 Politics of Climate Change 15 credits
GEOG0086 Advanced Geopolitics 15 credits
GEOG0091 Wetlands 15 credits
GEOG0099 Cities and Climate Change 15 credits
GEOG0100 Postcolonial Cultural Geographies 15 credits
GEOG0135 Marine Conservation 15 credits
GEOG0149 Urban Policy 15 credits
GEOG0152 Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing 15 credits
GEOG0155 Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods (Quantitative Methods) 15 credits
GEOG0167 Migratory Activisms, Creative Citizenships 15 credits

Students will also complete a research dissertation (60 credits) between April and September, which represents a substantial piece of independent research, devoted to a relevant topic you develop. The dissertation is based on original research involving data acquisition and analysis. Individual supervisors ensure that students are progressing with the project practically and intellectually.



Information on fees and funding can be found on the main UCL website.

  1. Fees*
  2. Scholarships

*Please note that optional choice modules in Term 2 may incur additional costs for accommodation and transport associated with residential field classes or fieldwork.


You can apply for a place on this Programme via UCL Admissions.

Potential applicants are expected to have a First or Upper Second-Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline (primarily social science and humanities, though we will consider students with a science background) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A good level of English is required for students without a previous English language degree. If you have further questions about the Programme or would like to make an appointment to meet staff, you can email either the Department or course convener Dr Seth Gustafson.


In past years, NGOs, charities, Think tanks, public sector roles in government and the media have been the most popular career destinations along with further study. The most recent data for the Environment, Science and Society programme showed that 50% of graduates went into full-time jobs, 30% in further study, 10% in work and study, and 10% into other paths (e.g. time-out travelling). Careers included conservation and environmental professionals and educational professionals. Visit our Careers page to find out more about graduate employment.

What our students say...

EPS was a unique academic and personal experience. I was looking for a truly interdisciplinary Masters programme spanning the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. EPS did not fail to deliver. From day one, we were offered a menu of thought-provoking, challenging, and stimulating modules. I really felt privileged to have such a wide variety to choose from. Academics and staff were generally helpful and accessible. My peers were also a very good bunch.

Noam Obermeister
PhD candidate, Cambridge University

The Environment, Politics and Society course is unique with regards to its content, academic staff and learning outcomes. The excellence in each of these aspects makes it a very enjoyable course which I would recommend to prospective students. Some of the highlights for me include the close relationships with the professors which creates a platform for fast paced progress, the field excursions and the fieldwork I did for my thesis in Nepal.

Julian Swinkels
Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community, European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Studying Environment, Politics and Society at UCL is the best thing I have ever done! This multi-faceted Masters programme introduced me to a wealth of new concepts and theories that have subsequently changed the way I approach everyday life. One of the most impressive parts of the programme was the constant evolution of the degree programme itself, the lecturers are constantly adapting the content of their courses to the variety of global events occurring every week! This course combines the best in new and more classical academic theory and applies it to the events occurring around us in society. Not only was the content of the course continuously engaging, the staff at UCL are superb, making my time studying at UCL a real joy. Finally, the year is concluded with a challenging yet thoroughly rewarding research dissertation, providing an opportunity to apply the variety of new ideas and concepts learnt in the degree programme and apply this to something you are passionate about. I couldn’t recommend the EPS programme more highly. If you’re after a constantly evolving, multi-disciplinary Masters degree programme that is engaging, challenging and changes the way you perceive the world around you, look no further!

Joshua Cross