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Water: Science & Governance MSc


Course Description

Water Science and Governance combines pure and applied research methods from the social and environmental sciences. Gain an advanced understanding of the many contemporary, and often controversial, perspectives on water resource allocation and management. Examples from the UK and Europe, diverse water environments and differently evolved political economies worldwide.

Key benefits

• Gain advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world based on lectures and seminars informed by cutting-edge research and policy

• Explore the socio-economic, political and environmental aspects of water allocation and management through engagement with leading international scientists and professionals from the water sector

• Take advantage of the London location for excellent opportunities for professional networking and to seek potential internships and jobs

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/water-science-and-governance-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The MSc Water: Science and Governance programme is an interdisciplinary programme. It provides experience in combining pure and applied research methods from the social and environmental sciences for an advanced understanding of the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world. The aim of this programme is to develop cutting-edge knowledge, analytical skills and practical experience to prepare participants for a leading career in the field of water science, policy and governance. It promotes initiative and the exercise of independent critical judgement in identifying, analysing and solving problems at an advanced level. Participants will acquire a wide range of relevant theory within a sustainability framework. They will discover how the diverse needs of society, the economy and the environmental/ecosystem services provided by water are addressed and mediated by both political and technical processes. In lectures and seminars participants will meet water scientists and professionals from the public and the private sectors and from civil movements/NGO groups. A key aspect of the programme is providing students opportunities to engage with environmental scientists, policy makers and professionals working in a variety of practical contexts in the water sector. This engagement allows participants to critically analyse current water issues and to gain insights into the different assumptions of stakeholders using, managing and regulating the global water environment and its services.

- Course purpose -

The aim of the programme is to develop an ability to evaluate critically current and advanced scholarship as well as the practical experience of those working in the fields of water science and governance. It promotes initiative and the exercise of independent critical judgement in identifying, analysing and solving problems at an advanced level. Participants will acquire a wide range of relevant theory within a sustainability framework. They will discover how the diverse needs - of society, of the economy and of the environmental/ecosystem services provided by water - are addressed and mediated by political processes.

- Course format and assessment -

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

Career prospects

Students enter employment within the water sector, including working for government departments, water undertakings, environmental consultancies and NGOs, or alternatively develop a research career, using this programme as a foundation for PhD training.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Water: Science & Governance MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!



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King's College London-Accenture Scholarship in MSc Water: Science & Governance - Single Award

The King's College London-Accenture Scholarship in MSc Water: Science & Governance covers tuition fees for academic year 2015-16 for one full-time Home/EU student at the Department of Geography, King’s College London. In addition, the student receiving the scholarship will work on a dissertation project with the Resources Group at Accenture, based in London. Scholarship selection criteria:
• Academic merit/degree qualifications
• Strength of personal statement that demonstrates past achievements and future potential
• Independent thought and critical ability Further Application Details:
• Admissions applications must be ‘complete’ in order for an application to be considered for funding, and for an admissions application to be deemed ‘complete’ it must contain all the relevant supporting documentation, such as references, transcripts, and English language scores. It will be the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all supporting materials are submitted to the College by the funding deadline
• Failure to submit both application and essay, as appropriate, by the application deadline will result in the application being ineligible.
• Candidates who are selected for the awards will be asked to provide a decision on acceptance/decline by a given deadline. If the successful candidate fails to respond by the given deadline or declines the offer, their award will automatically be transferred to a reserve candidate who is next in-line for the award.Applicants are strongly recommended to read in detail the Online Prospectus and programme overview available on the Geography webpage before applying: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/index/name/water-science-and-governance/alpha/W/header_search/ and http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/geography/study/masters/watersg/index.aspx. For any queries about the MSc Water: Science and Governance programme not covered in the Online Prospectus, please contact Dr Naho Mirumachi, Programme Director ([email protected]).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£8,520

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria:
• Home/EU applicants, due to commence this programme full-time in the 2015-16 academic year, only
• Hold a conditional or unconditional offer on the programme
• Students who are already registered on the respective postgraduate programme are not eligible to apply

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should by 17:00 GMT, 31 May 2015
1. Submit a complete online application specified at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/water-science-and-governance/applying
AND
2. submit an essay in pdf format on the following topic, to programme director Dr Naho Mirumachi ([email protected]): ‘In 600 words discuss and present a position on whether privatisation of a country’s water supply organisations and assets serves the interests of water users'. (Note: there is no right or wrong answer to this essay. However, the reviewers seek the expression of a clear position, supported by independent thought and critical evaluation for structured, well-balanced arguments)

Further Information

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/geography/study/masters/watersg/accenturescholarship.aspx



Entry 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. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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