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MSc Geophysical Hazards
Every year, natural disasters affect one in thirty people on Earth. Whether developing or industrialised, all nations are at risk, and the field of natural hazards is today one of the fastest growing areas of research in the Earth and Climate Sciences. The MSc programme in Geophysical Hazards will provide essential training for careers in hazard assessment and risk evaluation, including:
- Industry, from engineering to insurance
- Academic research
- Civil protection agencies
- Government organisations and NGOs related to aid and development
About one-third of previous graduates have continued with further research (PhDs), one-third have entered the insurance industry, and one-third have pursued careers in other fields.
The MSc Programme introduces the spectrum of geophysical hazards and their impact, before focusing on quantitative models for hazard forecasting and assessment. Selected case studies will illustrate how the models are essential for improving decision making during emergencies, for raising the awareness of vulnerable populations, and for evaluating and implementing mitigation strategies, from evacuation to engineering solutions. Among the Programme's topics are:
- Volcanic Eruptions
- Storms and Hurricanes
- Hazard Monitoring, Forecasting and Mitigation
The Programme consists of six months of taught courses and up to six months of independent research leading to a Master's dissertation. There will be excellent opportunities for optional field investigations in the UK and abroad. Subject to fieldwork constraints, the programme is suitable for students with disabilities. The Programme may be completed full-time in one calendar year, or part-time in two years. Lectures will be given by UCL staff from the Departments of Earth Sciences and of Space and Climate Physics. Guest lectures will also be delivered by practitioners from Industry.
What will I learn?
The programme introduces the spectrum and impact of geophysical hazards, before focusing on quantitative models for hazard forecasting and assessment. Selected case studies illustrate how the models are essential for improving decision making during emergencies, for raising the awareness of vulnerable populations, and for evaluating and implementing mitigation strategies.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Department of Earth Sciences at UCL is engaged in world-class research into the processes at work on and within the Earth and planets.
Graduate students benefit from our lively and welcoming environment and world-class facilities. The department hosts the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, Europe's leading multidisciplinary hazard research centre, and engages in extensive collaborative work with the Royal Institution and the Natural History Museum.
This MSc aims to include a short field-trip to locations that illustrate the impact of natural hazards. Previous trips have included the Neapolitan Volcanic District, the Italian Alps and the Po Delta.