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MSc Environment, Politics and Society

eps-ab-banner.jpgA 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 4 compulsory modules (3 in term 1 and 1 in term 2) and you then select 4 optional modules. Part-time, you would usually take G013, G044, G045 and one option in the first year; then G040 and 3 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 2017/18. Please note these may be subject to change.

COMPULSORY MODULES (Term One and Two [G045])
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0073 Environmental Knowledges 15 credits
GEOG0082 Social Science Research Methodologies 15 credits
GEOG0084 Geopolitics 15 credits
GEOG0085 Environment, Politics and Practice 15 credits
Social Science Research Methodologies 15 credits
GEOG0072 Thinking Space 15 credits
GEOG0093 Conservation and Environmental Management 15 credits
GEOG0078 Geographies of Material Culture 15 credits
GEOG0083 Politics of Climate Change 15 credits
GEOG0086 Advanced Geopolitics 15 credits
GEOG0135 Marine Conservation (not running in 2019-20) 15 credits
GEOG0092 Changing Landscapes - Nature, Culture, Politics ** 15 credits
GEOGG068 Changing Landscapes - Nature Conservation ** 15 credits
GEOG0100 Postcolonial Cultural Geographies 15 credits

You 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. Your supervisor will ensure that you are progressing with the project practically and intellectually.

**GEOG0092/0156 are subject to an additional cost for the field class

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, you can email the Department or make an appointment to come and meet staff.


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...

'The UCL Geography Department provided the perfect foundation I needed for a career that has, and continues to take me in directions I didn't even believe possible. Not only was the teaching and tutoring of exceptional standard, but the practical application of knowledge through field courses and the support from the UCL Expeditions & Travel Grant to conduct my research abroad, was invaluable. I feel proud to say that I have both my BA Geography (2:1) and my MSc Environment, Science & Society (Distinction) from UCL. It is an institution held in high regard around the world and this has only served to further my career as I work on a global scale'
Jennifer Pate
Independent Filmmaker & Entrepreneur (2010/11)