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MSc Environment, Politics and Society

A distinctive MSc Programme that combines key concepts in environmental social science and political theory to explore the formation and continuation of modern practices across the discipline.

The Environment, Politics and Society MSc gives you a distinctive opportunity to explore the ways science, politics and cultural practice shape our understanding of the society-environment relationship. We will examine how politics, power and knowledge are woven through geopolitical and environmental practice in ever more complex and intricate ways.

The Programme encourages intellectual engagement with the core concepts in social science while staying grounded in the analysis of contemporary environmental and geopolitical issues and policies. You will learn a wide range of social science methods and personal transferable skills through the modules and assignments, including:

  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Book reviews
  • Project proposals
  • Oral presentations

Thanks to the course appealing to a diverse range of students from different academic backgrounds and nationalities, our small group discussions will usually be lively and informative. We place a particular emphasis on peer-to-peer learning to take your education beyond the formal modules, helping you learn from and exchange ideas with your fellow students.

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You can complete this Programme full time over one year or part time over two years.

There are four compulsory modules:

  • Three in Term 1
  • One in Term 2

You then choose four optional modules:

  • One in Term 1
  • Three in Term 2

If you're studying part-time, you will usually do your three Term 1 compulsory modules and one optional module in the first year.

You would then do the one compulsory module from Term 2 and three optional modules in the second year.

To expand your knowledge, you can may also be able to take one optional module from another UCL department, subject to permission.

The following modules will be available for 2022/23. Please note: These may be subject to change.

COMPULSORY MODULES (Term One)
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0073 Environmental Knowledges 15 credits
GEOG0082 Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods 15 credits
GEOG0084 Geopolitics 15 credits
COMPULSORY MODULES (TERM TWO)
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0085 Environment, Politics and Practice 15 credits
GEOG0103 Research Dissertation (Terms 1 and 2) 60 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES (Term One)
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0093 Conservation and Environmental Management 15 credits

OPTIONAL MODULES (TERM TWO)

Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0078 Geographies of Material Culture 15 credits
GEOG0083 Politics of Climate Change 15 credits
GEOG0086 Advanced Geopolitics 15 credits
GEOG0087 Precarious Urban Environments 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 15 credits
GEOG0167 Migratory Activisms, Creative Citizenships 15 credits

As part of this Programme, you will carry out a Dissertation (worth 60 credits) from April to September on a relevant topic you develop. This will represent a substantial piece of independent research involving data acquisition and analysis. You supervisor will ensure you are progressing with the project practically and intellectually.

 

 

Fees* and scholarships information can be found on the main UCL website.

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

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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 any questions about this Programme or would like to make an appointment to meet staff, please email either the Department or course convener Dr Seth Gustafson.

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In previous year, our students have gone on to work for NGOs, charities, think tanks, the public sector and the media, as well as further study. The most recent data for the Programme shows that 50% of our graduates took on full-time work, 30% went into further study and 10% combined work and study. Their careers have spanned from conservation and environmental professions to education. Visit our Careers page to find out more about graduate employment.

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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