Professor Bill McGuire
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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Natural Hazards for Insurers Postgraduate Certificate
Climate change, increasing urbanisation and mounting exposure to natural hazards are imposing growing pressure on insurers and reinsurers to seek ways of limiting exposure. This programme offers students a better understanding of natural hazards and the means by which their impacts on the market can be mitigated or avoided.
What will I learn?
Strong emphasis is placed on developing an improved understanding of natural hazards – the nature of available data, the conclusions we can draw from them, limitations and relevant cutting-edge research. Content focuses on hazards of most interest to the market, most notably windstorm, flood and earthquake, but also addresses geotechnical issues such as contaminated land and energy resource issues.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
Top hazard scientists at UCL and other leading academic institutions have worked with the Under 35s reinsurance group and market professionals, to develop this flexible programme.
Students benefit from our welcoming environment and world-class facilities, which include the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre, Europe's leading multi-disciplinary hazard research centre.
The programme is staffed by a combination of UCL academics from the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre and other departments; academics from other institutions with hazard research expertise, including the British Geological Survey, Birkbeck College, the University of East Anglia, and Imperial College London; and industry and market practitioners.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Part-time in two 10-week blocks
Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (40 credits) and an individual research project (20 credits).
All students undertake an independent project, which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation and an oral presentation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, discussions, directed reading, and problem-solving exercises. Student performance is assessed through a combination of examination and coursework in the form of essays, reports and exercises. The independent project is assessed through a 10,000-word report and an oral presentation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or three years' appropriate experience in the financial services sector.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 7 September 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed to provide insurers, reinsurers, and other stakeholders in the financial sector, with the intellectual and practical tools required to make more informed decisions in their day-to-day encounters with natural hazard exposure and loss.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Natural Hazards for Insurers at graduate level
- why you want to study Natural Hazards for Insurers at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your certificate
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the premier professional organisation for those working in the insurance and financial services industry.
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