United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

As the only course to explicitly address the topic of sustainable cities, our Sustainable Cities MA, MSc is unique in the UK. It is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the human and physical processes shaping urban ecologies and environments. We also offer the opportunity to gain practical experience through an internship.

Key benefits:

  • Unique in the UK as the only MA/MSc to address sustainable cities explicitly.
  • An exciting interdisciplinary course
  • Internships are available.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours. Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc - modules totalling 180 credits
  • MA - modules totalling 180 credits

If you are a part-time student, your course will take two years to complete. You will take a combination of required and optional modules over this period of time with the dissertation in your second year. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Required Modules:

Whether you are an MA or MSc student, you are required to take:

  • Understanding the Sustainable City (20 credits)
  • Governing the Sustainable City (20 credits)
  • Dissertation in Sustainable Cities (60 credits)

MSc students are also required to take one module from the following modules:

  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • Methods for Environmental Research (20 credits)
  • In addition, MSc students are required to take one module from the following modules:

  • Understanding & Managing Urban Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems (20 credits)

  • Advanced Quantitative & Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)

MA students are also required to take:

  • Practising Social Research (20 credits) Optional Modules If you are an MA student, you will take 40 credits (normally two modules) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Environmental Internship (20 credits)

  • Environmental Actors and Politics (20 credits)
  • Environment, Livelihoods & Development in the 'South' (20 credits)
  • Globalisation & the Environment (40 credits)
  • Disasters & Development (20 credits)
  • Health, Lifestyles & Cities (20 credits)
  • Environmental Science & Policymaking (20 credits)
  • Community, Vulnerability & Disaster Risk (20 credits) (prerequisite: Disasters & Development either through taking the module for credit or through auditing)
  • Climate Change & Culture (20 credits)
  • The Right to the City (20 credits)
  • A Practical & Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (20 credits) by arrangement with the Department of International Development. Whether you are an MA or MSc student, you will then select modules from the following options:

  • Any Level 7 (Master's) module offered by the Department of Geography, including those listed above.

  • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 (Master's)modules offered across the university, subject to approvals.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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