Risk and Disaster Reduction PG Cert


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.


Mode of study

  • Flexible 1 year

Tuition fees

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

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of four compulsory modules (15 credits each).

Core Modules

  • Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
  • Emergency and Crisis Planning
  • Emergency and Crisis Management

Optional Modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme

Dissertation/report

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:


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

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.

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 1 August 2014.

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
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 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.

Employability

Areas of employment include international economic consultancy and consultancy in disaster risk for the insurance industry.


Next steps

Contact

Dr Joanna Faure Walker

T: +44 (0)20 3108 1108

Department

Earth Sciences

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