Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
- £17,250 (FT) £8,755 (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.
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.
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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 course 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.
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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.
Modelling was identified the highest priority UK skills gap in a government review of the Environmental Sector. This MSc programme exposes you to the full range of environmental modelling and so places you in an ideal situation to plug that gap. 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; Recent Environmental Change and Biodiversity.
The programme draws upon 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, estaurine and freshwater systems.
Student / staff ratios › 41 staff › 151 taught students › 60 research students
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 sound appreciation 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.
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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