UCL Department of Geography


MSc Environmental Modelling

This interdisciplinary programme will give you the rigorous technical and scientific training needed to become an environmental modelling professional.

About this degree

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In this course, you will be given a comprehensive education in the role, development and application of models in environmental science.

The core modules you study will examine model-based scientific methodologies, as well as introduce you to key computational and numerical techniques to prepare you for your future career.

The programme puts the science into context by considering both the human and natural impacts on environmental systems

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Who is this course for?

You will be best suited for the MSc in Environmental Modelling if you want to understand model-based approaches in environmental science and management. 

It's ideal for those with an environmental science background and equally valuable for individuals from other scientific and engineering disciplines looking to expand their environmental science skills.

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Academic Staff
Jon French

Professor Jon French (Convenor)

Jon directs the Coastal and Estuarine Research Unit and is Convenor for this course. His research interests extend across coastal, estuarine and lacustrine environments and mainly concern the dynamics of coupled natural, socio-economic and engineered infrastructure systems and their resilience to geohazards and climate change. He has expertise in hydrodynamic and physical process modelling, data-driven 'machine learning' methods, and behavioural system modelling.

Mat Disney

Professor Mathias (Mat) Disney

Mat is the lead researcher on a project making 3D laser measurements of trees and forests across global ecosystems and urban environments. His wide collaborative networks include space agencies, planners, NGOs and policy makers. His work has been featured widely in the media, public exhibitions and museums.

Helene Burningham

Professor Helene Burningham

The central aim of Helene's research is to explain coastal behaviour, system dynamics and mechanisms of forcing over decades and centuries. In particular, she is exploring the relative importance of intrinsic system control versus external climate forcing on the geomorphology and morphodynamics of coastal sedimentary systems.

Professor David Thornalley

Professor David Thornalley

David is Deputy Chair of the Physical Geography MSc programme and Deputy Director of the London Natural Environment Research Council Doctoral Training Programme (NERC DTP). His research investigates the role of the ocean in the climate system, with his work revealing the exceptional nature of industrial-era changes in Atlantic circulation and ecosystems

Richard Taylor

Professor Richard Taylor

Richard's research seeks to inform sustainable, safe water supplies in low-income countries. From 2009 to 2018, he led an International Association of Hydrologists (IAH) Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change and is a contributing author to two chapters of the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report, Water Cycle Changes and Africa.

Chris Brierley

Professor Chris Brierley

Chris convenes the MSc Climate Change Programme. His research revolves around the use of earth system models to answer questions about past and future climate change. His ongoing work for the Palaeoclimate Model Intercomparison (Climate of the Past, 2020) forms part of the past climate community's contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change's 6th Assessment Report.

Julian Thompson

Professor Julian R. Thompson

Julian's research includes the investigation of hydrological functioning and numerical modelling in wetland environments. This has predominantly, but not exclusively, involved freshwater ecosystems. His work has focused on the wider catchment hydrological context and the links between wetland hydrology and ecology. In addition, his research investigates the impacts and associated uncertainties of climate change and anthropogenic activities on wetlands, river basins and water resources


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Job Alert: Research Fellow (STEWARDS)

Professor Richard Taylor is looking for a Research Fellow to join his "Sustainable Transition Explorations in Water and Agriculture for Resilient Dryland Systems (STEWARDS)" Project.

Apply by 21 May

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