UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc

This UCL MSc programme combines specialist structural and earthquake engineering knowledge with an advanced understanding of risk management, resilience and catastrophe modelling for natural hazards.

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Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc aims to develop engineers who can deliver and design comprehensive solutions and are able to work in engineering, catastrophe modelling and disaster risk management. The programme also aims to improve your employability in the construction industry as well as the insurance and finance sectors, while providing essential skills to those foreseeing careers in improving structural resilience.

Students have the opportunity to engage and work alongside academics, plus a wide range of industrial partners and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), on cutting-edge research through modules, seminars and the dissertation. Take a look at our EPICentre Seminars & Discussions article for further information.

In addition, students will benefit from a week-long field trip to a recent major earthquake site to observe the extent of the destruction and the latest structural strengthening techniques. Read our Seismic Field Trip 2019 news article to discover more. 

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To discover more about what our Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc alumni have to say about their experiences, please visit our Life at CEGE page.
Why Study Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management at UCL ?

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  • The MSc programme provides an advanced knowledge of structural & earthquake engineering, while introducing students to different aspects of disaster & risk management, resilience and catastrophe modelling.
  • Become an expert in more than 12 software commonly used in the industry and research, such as SeismoStruct, OpenSees, Oasys GSA, ETABS, ArcGIS.
  • Experience research-based education by EPICentre members, a top global research centre, dealing with engineering for all sorts of natural disasters, giving you the opportunity to learn from the best experts in the field.
  • Students benefit from a series of Seminars by world-renowned industrial and academic experts.
  • Our week-long Field Trip to a recent major earthquake site, provides first-hand experience on different aspects of the course such as disaster management, structural failure and strengthening.
  • The MSc programme is chosen among the best programmes offered at UCL for four consecutive years according to AdvanceHE, PTES.
  • The MSc degree is accredited and meets the requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
  • Join 300+ Societies and Sports Clubs offered by UCL’s Students' Union.
  • With an extensive link to the industry, companies such as ARUP, ATKINS, AKT II, Willis Towers Watson and BuroHappold contribute in delivering lectures, seminars and supporting students in their research projects.
  • With an excellent career prospect, UCL Careers will support you in finding the right path to ensure success in your future career.
  • Our 150+ graduates work at top multinational companies in areas of civil & structural engineering, insurance & humanitarian, as well as universities. Some of these institutions are shown below.

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  • We teach our students how to think not what to think.

The MSc programme is accredited by the UK Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), and is recognised by the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) and the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE), meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Visit the Engineering Council website to find out more.

For more information on this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL prospectus site.

Programme information

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of six core modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits), studied full-time over nine months, is also offered.

Module information is available via pdf below:

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

Terms (T1, T2) are indicated in brackets.

Dissertation / Research Project

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

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