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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Part-time: in two 10-week blocks

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
5 September 2015

Entry Requirements

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 requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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).

Core Modules

  • Meteorological Hazards
  • Geological and Geotechnical 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.

Funding

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Dennis Curry Scholarship in Micropalaeontology

Value:
£4,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective UK-resident entrants taking the Micropalaeontology route through the MSc in Geosciences, and who are not already receiving full financial support (fees and living costs) from other sources

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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

  • Hiscox, Risk Analyst, 2011,
  • Hiscox, Senior Marine Analyst, 2011,
  • Canopius Managing Agents, Catastrophe Risk Analyst, 2011,
  • Lancashire Insurance Company, Risk Analyst, 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 › 37 staff › 40 taught students › 53 research students

Department: Earth Sciences

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-09-05

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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