Water: Science and Governance

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

Course Overview

Our Water:

Science & Governance MSc combines pure and applied research methods from the social and environmental sciences, allowing you to gain an advanced understanding of the many contemporary, and often controversial, perspectives on water resource allocation and management. You will learn about examples from the UK, Europe and developing economies worldwide.

Key benefits:

  • Gain advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world through lectures and seminars informed by cutting edge research and policy.
  • Explore the socio-economic, political and environmental aspects of water allocation and management through engagement with leading international scientists and professionals from the water sector.

Who should take this course

Minimum standard is a 2:1 degree. 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, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete. You will take the 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:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Dissertation in Water: Science & Governance (60 credits)
  • Applied Aquatic Sciences (20 credits)
  • Water, Security & the Environment (20 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following modules:

  • Water Resources & Water Policy (20 credits)
  • Environmental Processes & Management (20 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following modules:

  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • Methods for Environmental Research (20 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 20 credits from a range of optional modules. Modules may typically include:

  • Environmental Remote Sensing (20 credits)
  • Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface (20 credits)
  • Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes (20 credits)
  • Environmental Science & Policymaking (20 credits)
  • Any Level 7 (master's) modules offered in the Department of Geography, including the list of optional modules given above.
  • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 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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