The Environment, Politics and Society MSc programme explores the way scientific, political and cultural practices shape our understanding of the relationship between society and the environment. It is an academic rather than vocational programme with most students pursuing further education or careers in international organisations, the public sector, NGOs or charities.
The programme explores the social, economic, cultural and political processes through which expert and lay knowledges of environmental and political changes is acquired, communicated and incorporated in decision-making. It equips students with a range of social science methods and personal transferable skills which are essential for social and environmental politics, practices and policy.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two routes: standard and research. Standard consists of four core modules (60 credits), options (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Research consists of five core modules to include both qualitative and quantitative methods modules (75 credits), options (45 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
Core modules -Geo-politics -Environmental Knowledges -Environment, Politics and Practice -Social Science Methodologies (qualitative methods) -Research route only: Social Science Methodologies (quantitative methods)
Optional modules -Changing Landscapes - Nature Conservation -Changing Landscapes - Nature, Culture and Politics -Community Participation in City Strategies -Conservation and Environment Management -Geographies of Material Culture -Marine Conservation -Advanced Geopolitics -Politics of Climate Change -Social Science Methodologies -Thinking Space -Social Science Methodologies (standard route optional module only) -Precarious Urban Environments -Postcolonial Cultural Geographies -Students may also select one module outside the department with the permission of the programme convenor.
The Changing Landscapes options have additional costs related to fieldwork. All modules running are dependent on staff sabbaticals.
Dissertation/report All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and learning The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, discussions, workshops, practical classes and field trips. Dissertation seminars provide opportunities to meet previous MSc students to discuss their dissertations and subsequent career. Assessment is through coursework and the research dissertation.
The first cohort of students on the Environment, Politics and Society MSc are due to graduate in 2017. The programme is fundamentally academic in character rather than vocational and we anticipate careers destinations to be broadly similar to the Environment, Science and Society programme which preceded it. Graduates of Environment, Science and Society have gone on to work for governments, environmental non-governmental organisations and consultancies, multi-lateral bodies, the media and think tanks, often in policy, research or communication roles. The MSc also provides an excellent foundation for PhD research.
Employability The programme's combination of core social science methodological training, detailed exploration of contemporary environmental issues and critical engagement with environmental science, policies and politics, provides a distinctive skill set for those wanting careers in the environmental sector that do not simply replicate current governance approaches. This holistic experience is different from more technical, managerial environmental programmes and facilitates access to careers in international organisations (UNDP, World Bank), government (UK DECC, UK Home Office, Lewisham Council), NGOs (WWF, Greenpeace), education (the Open University, UCL, and the University of Hong Kong) and a wide varity of charitable organisations.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The MSc offers core conceptual training and the ability to specialise your degree through optional modules and the dissertation. You will have the opportunity to learn from previous graduates and other academics and practitioners in seminars
The programme encourages small-group discussions of conceptual debates about practices of environment and geo-politics, drawing on fellow students' diversity of nationalities and academic and work backgrounds.
The MSc offers core conceptual training and the ability to specialise your degree through optional modules and the dissertation. You will have the opportunity to learn from previous graduates and other academics and practitioners in seminars.