Modes and duration
- Part-time: in two 10-week blocks
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £N/A (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £N/A (FT) £11,090 (PT)
A minimum of a 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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
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).
- Geological and Geotechnical Hazards
- Meteorological Hazards
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- £4,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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 degree
- Risk Analyst, Hiscox (2011)
- Senior Marine Analyst, Hiscox (2011)
- Catastrophe Risk Analyst, Canopius Managing Agents (2011)
- Risk Analyst, Lancashire Insurance Company (2011)
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 56 staff including 24 postdocs › 53 taught students › 60 research students
Department: Earth Sciences
Application and next steps
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 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.
- All applicants
- 5 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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