IRDR News

Hand-tubewell at a school in coastal Bangladesh

Focus on the Positive

Published: Feb 24, 2014 3:30:38 PM

Poster presentations and reception at the Workshop on Disaster Research

UK - Japan Symposium and Workshop on Disasters

Published: Jan 8, 2014 2:45:50 PM

After Fukushima: risk and resilience to disasters in Japan

Published: Dec 16, 2013 11:07:36 AM



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Email: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 02031081101

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

IRDR Taught Programmes

Post-graduate Courses in the IRDR

In all of the IRDR postgraduate programmes, students will explore the characterisation, quantification, management and reduction of risk and disasters, along with their associated impacts, from a diverse range of scientific, technical, socio-economic, political, environmental, ethical and cultural perspectives. 

Post-Grad Proogrammes

Students will acquire advanced levels of knowledge of empirical, theoretical, and practical aspects of risk, disaster and resilience, and will gain research experience and the ability to effectively communicate research. lRDR post graduate programmes are based around five core courses:

Additional courses in urban planning for disasters and climate change; urban planning for disasters and climate change; social vulnerability and resilience to disasters; decision making and statistics of risk, post disaster recovery, seismic risk, and research skills.

MRes in Risk and Disaster Reduction

Director: Professor David Alexander

Duration: full-time 1 year; part time 2 years

Fees: UK/EU 2013/2014 £8,250 (FT), Overseas 2013/2014 £21,000 (FT).

MRes students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits: three optional taught core modules (15 credits each), two taught skills modules (15 credits each), and a substantial independent research project (105 credits). The programme may be completed as a stand-alone MRes or it may be used as training towards subsequent completion of a PhD.

Three Core modules will be chosen from the following 4 options:

Two compulsory taught skills modules will be taken:

The dissertation project and the research appraisal and proposal module comprise 2/3 of this course, so is a substantial project. Supervisors and resources are available for projects in a wide range of risk and disaster reduction topics. This project culminates in an independent report and presentation. 

MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience

Director: Professor David Alexander

Duration: full-time 1 year; part time 2 years

Fees: UK/EU 2013/2014 £8,250 (FT), Overseas 2013/2014 £21,000 (FT).

This course is suitable for students who want to have a wide range of taught courses, whilst still completing a substantial independent project. The taught courses are the focus of the programme, with the project constituting one third of the programme credits.
MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits: five compulsory core taught modules (15 credits each), three optional taught modules (15 credits each), and an independent research project (60 credits).

Five Compulsory Core Taught Modules:

Three optional taught modules can be chosen from within the following subjects:

  • Urban Planning for Disasters and Climate Change
  • Social Vulnerability and Resilience to Disasters
  • Decision Making and Statistics of risk
  • Post Disaster Recovery
  • Seismic Risk

The dissertation project comprises 1/3 of this course. Supervisors and resources are available for projects in a wide range of risk, disaster and resilience topics. This project culminates in a research report and poster.

PG Dip in Risk, Disaster and Resilience

Director: Professor David Alexander

Duration: full-time 1 year; part time 2 years

Fees: UK/EU 2013/2014 £8,250 (FT), Overseas 2013/2014 £21,000 (FT).

This programme contains the same  taught courses as the MSc, but no independent research project. Please apply via the MSc graduate prospectus page.

PG-Dip students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits: five compulsory core taught modules (15 credits each) and three optional taught modules (15 credits each). There is no additional independent research project.


Five Compulsory Core Taught Modules:

Three optional taught modules can be chosen from within the following subjects:

  • Urban Planning for Disasters and Climate Change
  • Social Vulnerability and Resilience to Disasters
  • Decision Making and Statistics of risk
  • Post Disaster Recovery
  • Seismic Risk

PG-Cert in Risk, and Disaster Reduction

Director: Dr Joanna Faure Walker

Duration: part time 1 year

Fees: UK/EU 2013/2014 £4,100 (FT), Overseas 2013/2014 £10,250 (FT).

PG-Cert students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits: the four IRDR core taught modules (15 credits each). The programme may be completed as a stand-alone PG-Cert, or it may be used as a stepping stone towards subsequent completion of a PGDip or Masters.

Four Compulsory Core Taught Modules:

Applying to our courses

For further information on all of these courses please download the IRDR postgraduate prospectus:

Instructions and advice for applying to our courses can be found here: