African Studies with Environment MSc
The new African Studies degrees at UCL draw on world-leading research and expertise from across the university relating to the study of Africa, and offer a unique opportunity to choose one of four distinct pathways. The African Studies with Environment MSc focuses on contemporary environmental issues including water supply, agricultural systems, climate change and settlement growth.
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A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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.
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The MSc in African Studies with Environment draws on expertise from across UCL to focus on contemporary environmental issues across Africa including water supply, agriculture, climate change and settlement growth.
All three African Studies pathways share two core courses in term 1, and one core course in term 2. In addition, you will take three optional modules relating to the environment from Anthropology, Archaeology, The Bartlett (Development Planning Unit), and/or Geography
The third term will consolidate your learning across core and optional modules as you research and write your dissertation according to your specialist Environment pathway.
The degrees’ three core courses offer a
general introduction to the continents political and economic history, and
build on this to provide essential context for undertaking advanced study along
each pathway. They also cover essential
baseline information on Africa’s socio-political history and key themes of
debate relevant to our three MA/MSc pathways. Our research methods course will
provide basic training in statistical analysis, presentation skills, interview
and archival research techniques.
- AFRIG001 - Africa: Dialogues of Past and Present
- AFRIG002 - Debating Africa’s Future
- AFRIG003 - Research Methods in African Studies
The Environment pathway also features a range of advanced option courses exploring aspects of human-environment relations. These options are drawn from Geography, Archaeology, Anthropology and Development programmes including (amongst others):
- AFRIG004 - African Historical Ecologies c. AD 1800 - Present
- ANTHGE02 - Ecology of Human Groups
- ANTHGE03 - Population and Development
- ANTHGE06 - Anthropology of Development
- ARCLG230 - Climate Change and Human Response in Holocene Africa
- GEOGG065 - Environmental GIS
- GEOGG134 - Climate Modelling
- GEOGG123 - Impacts of Climate Change on Hydro-Ecological Systems
- BENVGDA8 - Land, Food and Agriculture
- BENVGES5 - Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
- BENVGU7 - Post-disaster recover policies, practices and alternatives
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 and
seminars and guided independent research. Assessment is through essays,
portfolio, research proposal and exam.
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We aim for our graduates to be well placed for positions in national and international policy-making bodies, non-governmental development organizations, within national ministries and in the heritage/museums sector.
Through core and optional modules, students will develop skills in research and research ethics, thematic debate, environmental data analysis, familiarity with GIS, archival work, ethnographic field techniques and presentation skills.
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?
All holding a BA or BSc with a 2.1 or better in the Arts, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences are welcome to apply. This course may be usefully undertaken by graduates from diverse backgrounds as a conversion course into African environmental and developmental studies.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- Why you want to study African Studies at graduate level
- Why you want to study African Studies at UCL
- What particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- Where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Professor Kevin MacDonald (Programme Chair)
- +44 (0)20 7679 1534
Jo Wolff (Admissions Officer)
- +44 (0)20 7679 3096