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Mrs Ewa Kedzierska

Email: cege-pg-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4046

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

This programme is part of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme, suitable for nationals residing in Commonwealth developing countries who wish to study a one-year taught UK Masters programme.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and air fares to and from the UK.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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55% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc

The Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc combines specialist earthquake engineering knowledge with an understanding of the social, economic and political impact of earthquake events in order to produce engineers that can provide holistic design solutions and be able to work in both engineering and disaster management roles.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Graduates will be able to determine the vulnerability of ordinary and special structures to seismic actions; apply both current seismic codes and novel unconventional methodologies of seismic design, repair and assessment; and assess the adequacy, economic viability and life saving effectiveness of pre-event risk mitigation and post-event risk management solutions.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, and is situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering is an exciting environment in which to explore this new, multi-disciplinary and constantly evolving science.

The programme has extensive links to industry through professional engineers and disaster managers who deliver lectures and seminars and support students on their research projects as industrial supervisors.

Students benefit from a field trip to the closest location of a recent major earthquake to study disaster management and the effects on the infrastructure.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Compulsory Modules

  • Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard
  • Structural Dynamics and Mitigation
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Seismic Design of Structures
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Seismic Risk Assessment
  • Research Methods

Options

  • Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • Natural and Environmental Disasters

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, laboratory and computer classes, and a week-long field trip. The seminars are given by invited experts from the construction, bridge design, nuclear and re-insurance industries. Assessment is through examinations, presentations, coursework, written reports, poster presentations and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Extensive work experience covering related areas 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 is suitable for students from a civil engineering background. It aims to impart specialist earthquake engineering skills and an understanding of disaster risk reduction methodologies for careers in the engineering sector and other areas that require a knowledge and understanding of earthquake engineering and disaster risk management/mitigation principles.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

The programme aims to create a new type of global earthquake engineer; one that is able to take a holistic approach to earthquake engineering and disaster management. Graduates of the programme will have developed the specialist skills necessary for a career in the engineering sector and other areas that require knowledge and understanding of earthquake engineering and disaster risk management/mitigation principles. The MSc is accredited by the Institute of Civil Engineers as a further learning programme that can counts towards chartership.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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