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Fees and funding
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Research Assessment Rating
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Environmental Modelling MSc
There is a growing need for qualified professionals with expertise in environmental modelling. The UCL Environmental Modelling MSc is a new multidisciplinary degree that provides rigorous technical and scientific training for the next generation of environmental modelling professionals.
What will I learn?
You will gain a well-rounded training in the role, implementation and application of models in environmental science. Core modules provide a critical perspective on model-based science, and introduce essential computational and numerical methods. The course is contextualised with reference to the challenges of understanding both natural and human-induced changes to a variety of environmental systems.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Environmental Modelling MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching. Research groups contributing to the MSc include those concerned with Environmental Modelling and Global Environmental Change.
The programme brings together the strong expertise in the department in areas of environmental modelling, climate science, and science and policy debates, offering a distinctive blend of fundamental model-based science and modelling applications.
UCL expertise in the field encompasses state-of-the-art global and regional general circulation and ocean models, advanced hydrodynamic and hydrological simulations, palaeoclimate reconstruction over geological to recent historical timescales, and earth observation-derived vegetation and carbon cycle modelling.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students take modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months ) is offered.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words and an oral presentation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory and computer-based practical classes. Assessment is through independent project work, practical-based and written coursework, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Environmental Science, Geography, Oceanography, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Biology) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but you are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
This MSc is designed to appeal to students looking to obtain a sound appreciation of a model-based approach to environmental science and management. It will appeal not only to those with backgrounds in environmental sciences but also to those with a background in other sciences or engineering who wish to develop their skills in an environmental science context.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Environmental Modelling
- why you want to study Environmental Modelling at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for PhD research, or for employment with environmental monitoring and protection agencies, industry and environmental consultancies.
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