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Geography MSc Modules 2021-22

These are the modules expected to be available in Geography in 2021-22. Some modules are available to UCL Masters students registered in other UCL Departments, but there may be limited space; in these cases priority will be given to MSc Geography students. If you are from another department, your place is not confirmed until both the teaching department (Geography) and your home department have approved your registration via PORTICO. The Geography Team will start approving registrations for Geography modules from the week beginning Monday 27th September, but please note that we may not be able to approve registrations for interdepartmental students until the week beginning Monday 4th October.

All students registered on Geography modules are subject to our regulations regarding course work length and plagiarism and are deemed to have accepted these on application for the module. All UCL Geography modules have dedicated Moodle pages, access to these pages will be granted automatically based on Portico course selections. Deadlines for submission will be made clear on the Moodle pages with the submission links and must be adhered to by all students.

For timetabling information please go to the online timetable: Please note all course content is provisional and is subject to change.

$ Not available to Geography Study Abroad (Affiliate) Students
# Not available to External Students, i.e. students, including Study Abroad students, registered in other UCL Departments

Term 1Term 2
GEOG0040 Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing GEOG0034 Coastal Geohazards $ #
GEOG0044 Mitigation and Adaptation to Environmental Change GEOG0035 Environmental GIS
GEOG0073 Environmental Knowledges # GEOG0051 Mining Social And Geographic Datasets
GEOG0080 Public and Private Modernities GEOG0067 Surface Water Modelling
GEOG0082 Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods # GEOG0078 Geographies of Material Culture
GEOG0084 Geo-politics # GEOG0083 Politics of Climate Change
GEOG0088 Public and Private Modernities GEOG0085 Environment, Politics and Practice #
GEOG0090 The Rural Matrix: Institutional and Policy Context GEOG0086 Advanced Geopolitics
GEOG0093 Conservation and Environmental Management # GEOG0091 Wetlands
GEOG0094 Aquatic Systems: Structure and Functioning GEOG0096 Lakes
GEOG0095 Aquatic Monitoring GEOG0099 Cities and Climate Change
GEOG0106 Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis GEOG0100 Postcolonial Cultural Geographies
GEOG0108 Scientific Basis for Freshwater and Coastal Conservation GEOG0101 Ocean Circulation and Climate Change
GEOG0109 Models in Environmental Science $ # GEOG0107 Aquatic Macrophytes
GEOG0110 Analytical and Numerical Methods GEOG0112 Climate Change Impacts to Hydro-Ecological Systems (not running in 2021/22)
GEOG0111 Scientific Computing $ # GEOG0113 Terrestrial Carbon: Modelling and Monitoring
GEOG0114 Principles of Spatial Analysis $ # GEOG0121 Climate Modelling
GEOG0115 Introduction to Social Data Science $ # GEOG0122 Biological Indicators of Environmental Change $ #
GEOG0118 Climate Dynamics $ # GEOG0123 Climate Proxies
GEOG0120 Past Climates $ # GEOG0125 Advanced Topics in Social Data Science
GEOG0127 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration # GEOG0128 Issues in Global Migration $ #
GEOG0129 Gender, Generation and Forced Migration GEOG0135 Marine Conservation
GEOG0136 Cities, Space and Power $ # GEOG0138 Creative Cities
GEOG0137 Urban Imaginations $ # GEOG0140 Urban Practices $ #
GEOG0142 London: Aspects of Change GEOG0149 Urban Policy #
GEOG0163 Data, Politics and Society $ # GEOG0152 Introduction to Citizen Science & Scientific Crowdsourcing

GEOG0155 Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods #

GEOG0162 Cartography and Data Visualisation

GEOG0167 Migratory Activisms, Creative Citizenships


Studying Remotely in Term 1 2021-22

We are looking forward to welcoming students to the UCL campus in September 2021. The start of the academic year is an important part of a student’s time at UCL and you should plan to join us on campus for your face-to-face teaching from the beginning of term.

The Geography Department's MSc programmes will primarily be delivered through face-to-face teaching including lectures, seminars, workshops, and practicals, as appropriate, complemented by innovations that worked well from last year including a blend of face-to-face and online academic support and feedback hours and supervisions. Some modules will also adopt flipped classrooms (where you watch a pre-recorded lecture and the class time is used for interactive activities and discussion).

On a limited number of MSc programmes, if circumstances related to the pandemic prevent students from joining us in the UK in Term 1, we can support them to follow some elements of their programme online through Term 1. This will not be the same as studying a fully online programme or studying in person: whilst we will ensure students can meet the baseline learning outcomes until they can join us on campus, it will not be the same educational experience they would receive were they to attend in person. We won't be able to offer tailored support for online study, over and above the tuition and support they would normally receive on the programme, so students choosing this option will need to be confident in their ability to keep up with teaching through the resources we can make available for Term 1. These are:

  • Recordings of larger classes
  • Live broadcast of some teaching sessions where Estates facilities allow
  • Audio participation in small group seminars where possible
  • Resources and readings for independent study

It is important to note that such students may also be required to choose from a smaller range of modules that are more suitable for remote study.

MSc Modules Unavailable for Remote Study

The following Term 1 Geography MSc modules are not available for remote study:

  • GEOG0090 The Rural Matrix: Institutional and Policy Context (MSc Conservation)

  • GEOG0094 Aquatic Systems: Structure and Functioning (MSc Aquatic Conservation, Ecology and Restoration)

  • GEOG0095 Aquatic Monitoring (MSc Aquatic Conservation, Ecology and Restoration)

  • GEOG0106 Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis (MSc Aquatic Conservation, Ecology and Restoration; MSc Conservation)
  • GEOG0108 Scientific Basis for Freshwater and Coastal Conservation (MSc Aquatic Conservation, Ecology and Restoration; MSc Conservation)
  • GEOG0110 Analytical and Numerical Methods (MSc Environmental Modelling; MSc Remote Sensing and Environmental Mapping)

  • GEOG0111 Scientific Computing (MSc Environmental Modelling; MSc Remote Sensing and Environmental Mapping)

  • GEOG0114 Principles of Spatial Analysis (MSc Social and Geographic Data Science)

  • GEOG0115 Introduction to Social Data Science (MSc Social and Geographic Data Science)

  • GEOG0142 London: Aspects of Change (MSc Urban Studies)

  • GEOG0163 Data, Politics and Society (MSc Social and Geographic Data Science)


In-person teaching in Term 2

If you need to remain overseas and study online in Term 1, and wish to continue with the rest of your studies, you need to be sure that you can travel to London for Term 2 (starting in January 2022) as it will not be possible to successfully complete the whole year remotely. Many of our modules feature activities that are not possible to replicate online and since we are prioritising face-to-face teaching, it is imperative that you join us on campus for Term 2.

If you cannot join us in London in the coming academic year, you will need to interrupt your studies and return in September 2022. You should discuss this with our support team by emailing