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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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
UK/EU:
£10,140 (FT) £5,060 (PT)
Overseas:
£19,970 (FT) £10,140 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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.

International students

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.

Select your country:

Degree last modified on 3 October 2017 at 15:23 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

Degree Information

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.


Core Courses

Options

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):

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 and seminars and guided independent research. Assessment is through essays, portfolio, research proposal and exam.


Funding

See Funding highlights box at top of page, right-hand side.

Careers

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.

Employability

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.


Applications

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.

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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

Contact information

Professor Kevin MacDonald (Programme Chair)

Jo Wolff (Admissions Officer)