There is a growing need for qualified professionals with expertise in environmental modelling. The UCL Environmental Modelling MSc is a cross-disciplinary degree that provides rigorous technical and scientific training for the next generation of environmental modelling professionals.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
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Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
You will gain a well-rounded training in the role, development 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 undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four compulsory 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.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Environmental Modelling. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Environmental Modelling. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Environmental Modelling.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Models in Environmental Science
- Scientific Computing
- Analytical and Numerical Methods
- Mitigation and Adaptation to Environmental Change
- Climate Dynamics
Students choose one module from:
- Climate Dynamics
- Mitigation and Adaptation to Environmental Change
Options may include:
- Climate Modelling
- Coastal Geohazards
- Environmental GIS
- Ocean Circulation and Climate Change
- Surface Water Modelling
- Terrestrial Carbon: Monitoring and Modelling
Other MSc modules offered across UCL may be taken at the discretion of the MSc convenor. *Availability of modules is dependent on staff sabbaticals.
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
All students undertake an independent research project, culminating in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 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, written examinations and the dissertation.
Students produce a poster for the final dissertation presentation. (additional costs: approximately £20)
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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 recent government review of the environmental sector. This MSc programme exposes students to a broad spectrum of environmental modelling applications, 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 environmental 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.
What our students and staff say
"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
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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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 4 May 2021
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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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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