Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc

Options: PG Diploma


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, Disaster and Resilience MSc aims to meet the growing need for experts trained to analyse and provide solutions to these complex issues.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students will learn about and explore the characterisation, quantification, management and reduction of risk and disasters, and their associated impacts, from a diverse range of scientific, technical, socio-economic, political, environmental, ethical and cultural perspectives. They will benefit from a wide range of taught modules which form the focus of the programme.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), where teaching for this programme is based, leads and co-ordinates multi-disciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching in risk and disaster reduction across UCL.

UCL is uniquely well placed to lead research and teaching in this field; in addition to at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research, the IRDR has established links with non-governmental organisations, industry and government departments 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 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), optional modules (to the combined value of 60 credits) and an independent research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years) is also offered.

Core Modules

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

Options

  • Choose options (to the combined value of 60 credits) from a list which may include the following:
  • Resilience*
  • Disaster Risk Reduction*
  • Post Disaster Recovery
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Seismic Risk Assessment
  • Geological and Geotechnical Hazards
  • Meteorological Hazards
  • Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazards
  • Risk and Contingency Planning (Security and Crime Science)
  • Investigating Research**
  • Research Methods**
  • Research Proposal**
  • *strongly recommended
  • **students can take a maximum of one out of these three programmes

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project of 10,000 words which culminates in a research project and presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading and practical problem-solving exercises with an emphasis on hands-on learning and tutorial-style dialogue between students and lecturers. Assessment is by independent and group oral presentations, written examination, coursework essays, 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

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 an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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 researchers, thinkers, practitioners and decision-makers in risk and disaster resilience.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Risk, Disaster and Resilience at graduate level
  • why you want to study Risk, Disaster and Resilience 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 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

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

Two examples of previous MSc students' employment include an international economic consultancy based in London in the area of micro-finance and working as a consultant in disaster risk for a key player in the insurance company.


Next steps

Contact

Dr Rosanna Smith

T: +44 (0)20 7679 3157

W: Earth Sciences

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