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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Risk and Disaster Reduction Postgraduate Certificate
Risk and disaster reduction, particularly within the contexts of dealing with uncertainty and increasing resilience, are high on local, national and international agendas. The Risk and Disaster Reduction Postgraduate Certificate offers students the opportunity to gain a sound grasp of the characteristics of risk and disasters and their past, present and future impacts on society.
What will I learn?
Students develop the ability to assess risk and disaster potential and appreciate and propose risk and disaster management and mitigation strategies. They gain the knowledge and skills required to make more effective decisions based on the creative and critical analysis of a broad spectrum of information.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) leads multi-disciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching across UCL.
UCL is uniquely well-placed to lead research and teaching in this field, with at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research, the IRDR has established links with NGOs, industry and government department based in and around London.
Teaching and project supervision will be provided by active researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Part-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of one core module (15 credits, one optional module (15 credits), and a compulsory independent project (30 credits).
All students undertake an independent project, worth 30 credits, which culminates in a report and an oral presentation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading and practical problem-solving exercises. Assessment is by oral and written examination, assessed practicals and the independent project. Practical applications of critical and creative problem solving will be encouraged and assessed throughout.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants with a different degree, or with no degree but with relevant professional experience, will be considered.
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 2 August 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 aims to train the next generation of innovative, creative and objectively critical analysts, practitioners and decision-makers in risk and disaster reduction.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Risk and Disaster Reduction at graduate level
- why you want to study Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with this postgraduate certificate
This programme provides excellent training towards careers in research, research communication, public policy, (re)insurance, catastrophe modelling, finance, risk management, international development, humanitarian assistance, engineering, and many other fields. It supports the career development of professionals already working in risk and disaster reduction, as well as those who intend to go into this field.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: