UCL Earth Sciences

GEOLGG09 Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazard

GEOLGG09 Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazard

This MSc provides an introduction to geohazards, research methods and field techniques, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology.


The course aims to provide an understanding of the dynamics of the solid Earth from theoretical and observational seismology and seismotectonics in relation to earthquake hazard and mitigation. It provides an in-depth study of earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard.


The students will acquire the following practical skills:

  • Interpretation of earthquake seismograms;
  • Determining earthquake focal mechanisms and quantitative seismotectonics;
  • Practical approaches to earthquake hazard assessment;
  • Practical earthquake hazard mitigation strategies.

The students will acquire the following transferable skills:

  • Processing, interpreting and presenting seismological data using the Matlab computer program;
  • Solving geophysical problems using computational and analytical techniques;
  • Using the Internet as a source of geophysical information;
  • Application of statistics to hazard.


Topics include: Seismic waves, dispersion, attenuation, earth structure. Earthquake sources processes, focal mechanisms, seismotectonics. Earthquake precursors, earthquake prediction, earthquake hazard and mitigation.

Title Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard
Coordinator Prof. Peter Sammonds
Other Contributors Dr Joanna Faure Walker (Assistant Examiner)
Term 2
Credits 15
Written Exam 80%
Coursework 20%
Pre-Requisites First-year university maths and computer literacy.
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement  
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 18
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 16
Hours of Tutorials 12
Days of Fieldwork 1
Other 2 hour exam revision class
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