Natural Hazards for Insurers PG Cert


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.


Mode of study

  • Part-time in two 10-week blocks

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

Application date

  • All applicants: 5 September 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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).

Core Modules

  • Geological and Geotechnical Hazards
  • Meteorological Hazards

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

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:


Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Dennis Curry Scholarship in Micropalaeontology

Based on academic merit

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 5 September 2014.

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
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

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the premier professional organisation for those working in the insurance and financial services industry.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Hiscox, Risk Analyst, 2011
  • Hiscox, Senior Marine Analyst, 2011
  • Canopius Managing Agents, Catastrophe Risk Analyst, 2011
  • Lancashire Insurance Company, Risk Analyst, 2011

Next steps

Contact

Professor Bill McGuire

T: +44 (0)20 3108 6000

Department

Earth Sciences

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