Contact IRDR

Email: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle

IRDR Graduate Study

UCL is uniquely well-placed to lead research and teaching in risk and disaster reduction, with at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research and practice in the field. 

Please see the buttons below for details on IRDR PhD studentships, IRDR Postgraduate Programmes, and other RDR Postgraduate courses at UCL.



Useful Contacts

Admissions

Enquiries about applications should be directed to Admissions. The preferred method  of communicating with us is by telephone rather than email or facsimile. Our experience is that applicants find it easier to explain their queries when they telephone us. If you have not received an acknowledgement within two weeks of having submitted your application, or a response by the date stated on the acknowledgement letter, please telephone Admissions. We shall do our best to determine the cause of any delay.

Admissions
UCL Registry
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

EMAIL admissions@ucl.ac.uk
TEL +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381
FAX +44 (0) 20 7691 3112

Other Useful Contacts

Further UCL contacts that may be useful to prospective students are listed on UCL's prospective student contact page

For further information, or specific questions related to courses in the IRDR, please contact the director of your chosen programme, the IRDR admissions tutor (rosanna.smith@ucl.ac.uk), or the IRDR administrative office (irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk)

The UCL Address

University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

TEL +44 (0)20 7679 2000

Masters Application Guidelines

Information about applying for UCL taught post-graduate courses (MSc, MRes, PGDip and PGCert programmes are available int he IRDR) can be found here:

Once you have decided which programme you would like to apply for, please go to the UCL online application system. If that link does not work, please go to the application instructions page, check off everything on the checklist at the bottom of the page, and then submit confirmation. 

At this point, you must find the course that you want through the search function. If you enter "risk" as a keyword and "Earth Sciences" as the Department, you will obtain a list of the IRDR postgraduate programmes. Click the "apply now" button alongside the programme that you wish to apply for, and follow the instructions given to set up a user name and apply for the course. Please do not enter the full name of the course you are searching in the keywords search, as this will return a list of all courses that match any one of the words in your keyword search.

In your application, you will be asked for your academic and employment record, in addition to references and a personal statement. From your personal statement, we would like to learn:

  • why you want to undertake postgraduate study in the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • why you chose the particular programme that you are applying for
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • any other experiences that make you suitable for this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with this postgraduate qualification

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match with what the programme will deliver.

Please contact rosanna.smith[at]ucl.ac.uk if you have any queries about the IRDR postgraduate courses or the application procedure, or if you want to check the progress of your application after applying.

PhD Application Guidelines

The application procedure is slightly different depending if you are applying for (1) an individually advertised and funded project, (2) a studentship in the NERC DTP, or (3) a project that you will fund yourself  (this includes personal funds or funding that you have won from an external body).

(1) Applying for an individually funded and advertised project

Please apply via the UCL online application system. You should apply for RRDRDRSING01 Research Degree: Risk and Disaster Reduction, and make sure that you list the name of the project and the supervisor. Please send a copy of your application to the project supervisor once you have submitted it on this system.

In your application, you will be asked for your academic and employment record, in addition to references and a personal statement. From your personal statement, we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study at PhD level
  • why you chose the particular project that you are applying for
  • how your academic background meets the demands of PhD study in the IRDR
  • any other experiences that make you suitable for PhD study in the IRDR
  • where you would like to go professionally with this PhD qualification

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match with what the programme will deliver.

Please contact the project supervisor if you have any questions about the PhD project you are applying for, and contact rosanna.smith[at]ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions about the application process.

(2) Applying for a studentship in the NERC DTP

Please follow the instructions on The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership page. If you have any questions about one of the IRDR projects in the NERC DTP, please contact the supervisor listed with the project.

(3) Applying for a project that you will fund externally

Please note that decisions to accept PhD students are made primarily by the academic staff member who will take on the role of principal supervisor. You should therefore contact a suitable supervisor and secure their agreement to supervise your PhD before submitting an application. Note that applications with no marked supervisor may not be considered by anyone, so it is very important that you have made this contact before applying and that you state the supervisor name on your application. You should then follow the instructions given for (1), noting that your personal statement in this case may also need include a PhD project proposal, according to the advice of your agreed supervisor. 

Prof. Peter Sammonds

"The scientific methodology and approach I employ is that of experimental rock physics. This is a novel approach, which integrates the disciplines of rock mechanics with rock physical properties measurement."

Prof Peter Sammonds - IRDR Director
Katerina

"Understanding of earthquake physics, from rock fracture to earthquake fault scale, will enhance the quality of life both of European citizens and of vulnerable populations worldwide. "

Katerina Stavrianaki - PhD Student
Amy Chadderton

“Measuring the permeability of lava dome rocks under simulated volcanic conditions to better understand gas escape from volcanoes and ultimately improve our understanding of eruptive dynamics.”

Amy Chadderton - PhD Student
Megan French

"My main research interests relate to water management and risk assessment. I am particularly interested in combining science with the social context of water management, and hence in undertaking hydrological studies in regions that are susceptible to pressures from population growth and development activities such as agriculture and mining. "

Dr Megan French - Research Associate