Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
Applicants are expected to have a first or upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. computer science, 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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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 programme is contextualised with reference to the challenges of understanding both natural and human-induced changes to a variety of environmental systems.
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, part-time two years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks, part-time one year) is offered.
- Models in Environmental Science
- Global Environmental Change
- Scientific Computing
- Analytical and Numerical Methods
- Options may include:
- Climate Modelling
- Coastal Change
- Environmental GIS
- Impacts of Climate Change on Hydro-Ecological Systems
- Ocean Circulation and Climate Change
- Surface Water Modelling
- Terrestrial Carbon: Monitoring and Modelling
All students undertake an independent research project, culminating 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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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. Graduates have gone on to careers as management consultants, business analysts and university researchers.
Modelling was identified as the highest priority UK skills gap in a government review of the environmental sector. This MSc programme exposes students to the full range of environmental modelling which places graduates in a strong position to find employment. We anticipate that graduates of this MSc are either employed in the private environmental consulting sector or undertake a PhD.
Why 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 observation; past climates, and recent environmental change and biodiversity.
The programme draws on the unrivalled strengths of UCL in environment modelling.
Our expertise encompasses state-of-the-art global climate models; regional ocean models; advanced hydrodynamic and hydrological simulations; palaeoclimate reconstruction over geological to recent historical timescales; earth observation-derived vegetation and carbon cycle modelling; and model-based assessment of climate change impacts on coastal, estuarine and freshwater systems.
Student / staff ratios › 43 staff including 15 postdocs › 158 taught students › 70 research students
"Students will really appreciate the networks that exist in London, and the opportunities that arise from them. I am interested in how tropical cyclones (such as hurricanes and typhoons) are included in climate models. It is through changes in extreme weather that I feel the impacts of climate change will be most visible in the coming century."
Chris BrierleyEnvironmental Modelling MSc and Climate Change MSc
"The Environmental Modelling MSc appealed to me because it had a strong mixture of theory and application in the research topics I was interested in. I also wanted to improve upon my computing skills in terms of programming and GIS. Gaining an MSc gave me a definite advantage in getting into catastrophe modelling, and the knowledge acquired on modelling during the programme really helps me understand how the models we use at work are built and what uncertainties are present."
Matthew RaywoodEnvironmental Modelling MSc (2013)
Application and next steps
Students 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 good grasp of the 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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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