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Sustainable Cities MA/MSc


Course Description

Unique in the UK, the only MA/MSc to explicitly address sustainable cities. Interdisciplinary programme. Internships available. Focuses on the human and physical processes shaping urban ecologies and environments. Leads to careers in: international organisations, agencies, consultancies, national and city governments, charities, research organisations and academia.

Key benefits

• Unique in the UK it is the only MA/MSc to address sustainable cities explicitly.

• Programme is interdisciplinary.

• Internships are available.

• Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/sustainable-cities-ma-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The MA/MSc Sustainable Cities programme provides advanced level understanding of contemporary debates about sustainable cities, with a specific focus on the human and physical processes shaping urban ecologies and environments.

The programme aims to:

- Develop a critical understanding of the interrelationships between urbanization and human lifestyles, politics, economy, ecology and environment.
- Develop a critical understanding of human impacts on physical processes in cities, and the implications for habitation and liveability.
- Develop an ability to evaluate critically advanced scholarship in the field of urban policy, with reference to sustainable environmental management.
- Promote initiative and the exercise of independent critical judgment in identifying, analysing and solving problems at an advanced level.
- Develop relevant transferable skills embedded in the learning and assessment schemes in the programme.
- Develop practical skills in data handling, interpretation, and use, and develop skills in (inter) relating physical dynamics to social, political and management processes.
- Enable those with first degrees in a range of disciplines – geography, sociology, environmental science, engineering etc to focus on the challenges of managing cities in an integrated and sustainable manner.
- Enable those taking the programme to deploy scientific and social and economic theory within a sustainability framework which takes into account the need to address the needs of society, the economy and the protection of environmental services.

- Course purpose -

The degree combines pure and applied research methods from human and physical geography leading to an advanced level understanding of contemporary debates about sustainable cities. Specific foci will be the human and physical processes shaping urban ecologies, environments and social structure and process.

- Course format and assessment -

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

Career prospects

Programme graduates work in a wide variety of areas including: international organisations, agencies and consultancies, national and city governments, charities, research organisations (governmental and non-governmental) and academia.

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 Sustainable Cities MA/MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas 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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