UCL Earth Sciences

Risk and Disaster Reduction







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Natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, floods and storms destroy lives and damage economies across the globe; pandemics have the potential to bring death and suffering on an unprecedented scale; while climate change may increase the severity of both natural and health disasters.

Our Programmes


In an increasingly technological and globally connected world, risks to space-based communications systems and critical infrastructure are emerging threats to national security and businesses.

In a programme that unites emergency response, disaster risk reduction and space technology, you will learn about satellite technology, mission design, hazards and vulnerabilities unique to outer space, disaster response, and the monitoring of hazards on Earth from outer space.

The global challenge of understanding risk, increasing resilience and reducing exposure to hazards has generated demand for a new type of scientist in government, business and NGOs who can work across boundaries.

In a science led programme, you will learn how to assess and quantify risk, reduce disaster risks and manage emergencies for natural and anthropogenic hazards, humanitarian and health crises, conflict and climate change. 

The disaster risk management industry needs professionalising. Academic study can underpin this, enabling you to apply evidence and research based theory to this sector.

Through a multidisciplinary approach to risk and disaster reduction, you will gain expertise in analysing complex challenges and providing sustainable solutions and learn to become a future leader driving policy change and innovation in order to preserve lives and sustain economies which could otherwise be destroyed or damaged by disaster. 

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach to risk and disaster reduction, you will acquire a broad overview of different hazards, how this affects decision-making, different approaches to implementing this information in decision-making and how to plan and manage emergency and crisis scenarios.

These courses are run by the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction’s mission is to make a positive and significant impact to reduce risk and the impact of disasters around the world. Through research and education, and in partnership with humanitarian agencies and industry, we aim to drive policy change and create and develop leaders and experts able to analyse complex challenges and provide sustainable solutions.

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