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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    UCL (University College London)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This new MSc programme is the first of its kind, and will meet the need for recognised professional skills and development in this exciting area. It will provide students with unique skills in an area of ever-increasing importance that can be applied across a number of different industries.

About this degree

Participation of the general public in scientific projects has experienced rapid growth over the past decade, covering a huge range of disciplinary areas including astronomy, history, arts, cell biology, engineering, climate science, epidemiology, and public health (see for a wide range of examples).

For ecology in particular, citizen science is a long-established and vital tool for assessing the status of wildlife populations across the world, providing critical evidence for the health status of ecosystems (e.g. data from public-powered monitoring programmes made up the majority of the evidence for the UK’s State of Nature Report in 2019). From policy makers and funders, to city councils and governments, interest and investment in citizen science projects are global.

But how are such projects are designed, implemented, and managed to be successful? What are the best methods to collect and evaluate the data? Which privacy and data sharing agreements need to be considered?

Working collaboratively with industry partners is a key theme of the programme, and over the course of two terms you will learn-by-doing, experiencing first-hand the day-to-day management of a live citizen science project operated by a programme partner.

Furthermore, this experience will provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to inform the development and progression of the project. It may also be possible to collaborate on and design your final research project based on your experience with our industry partners.

Who this course is for

An interest in qualitative and quantitative methods, an ability and interest to work with people in new and innovative ways, familiarity with digital tools and a willingness to learn how to use new tools.
People from any academic background (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities) with experience or interest in public engagement in science and research.

What this course will give you

Citizen science is being adopted as a methodology in environmental management, within natural history and science museums, and as part of research projects across the world. Graduates of this programme will have the interdisciplinary knowledge to lead on such projects.

Teaching and learning

You will be assessed through a variety of both formative and summative approaches including literature review, oral presentation, reflective review, case-study portfolio, discussion board and forum, peer feedback, policy brief, social media portfolio, and a final research project developed in collaboration with UCL academics and/or a programme partner.


The MSc in Citizen Science will enable a new generation of socially engaged scholars and practitioners to meet the needs of industry, government and public sectors which are seeing a rapid growth of the interest and participation of the general public in collecting and processing data to answer critical environmental questions.

Upon completion of the programme you will possess the theoretical and practical skills to successfully plan, deliver, evaluate, and manage citizen science projects, and apply contextually appropriate data management practices to support open and accessible science. You will also leave with the necessary insight to plan and undertake independent research, and the ability to report its findings to a variety of audiences.

Application deadline

31 March 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 32,100per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

UCL (University College London)

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  • Campus address

    UCL (University College London), Gower Street, London, Camden, WC1E 6BT, England

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