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 and Europe, about diverse water environments, and about differently evolved political 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.

Study Details:

MSc One year FT, two years PT

Module Details:

Required Modules

Core module (60 credits):

  • 7SSG5163Dissertation in Water: Science and Governance (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

Compulsory modules (100 credits):

  • EITHER 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research OR 7SSG5110 Methods for Environmental Research, depending upon the science background of the student (both modules 20 credits, T1)
  • 7SSG5104 Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits, T2)
  • 7SSG5117 River Processes and Management (20 credits, T2)
  • 7SSG5172 Applied Aquatic Sciences (20 credits, T1)
  • 7SSG5206 Water, Security and the Environment (20 credits, T1)
  • Practising Social Research
  • Methods For Environmental Research
  • Water Resources And Water Policy
  • River Processes & Management
  • Water, Security and the Environment
Optional Modules

Optional modules (20−40 credits):

Students must take 20 credits of optional modules from any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department. Students who wish to take greater than 180 credits overall (for a maximum total of 200 credits) will require approval from the Programme Director using the Module Amendment Form

Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above.

Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.

  • Freshwater & Estuarine Resources: Science, Management & Policy
  • Methods For Environmental Research
  • Practising Social Research
  • River Processes & Management
  • Water Resources And Water Policy

Student Destinations

Students enter employment within the water sector, including working for government departments, water undertakings, environmental consultancies and NGOs, or alternatively develop a research career, using this programme as a foundation for PhD training.


Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18); Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18); Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18); Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Entry Requirements

General entry advice

Minimum standard is a 2:1 degree or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University. Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

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