Reducing the impact of disasters globally presents a huge challenge that requires co-ordinated and collaborative action. This programme is designed for PhD students who wish to improve humanity’s understanding of risk and to overcome the scientific, engineering, technical, social, health and political barriers to increasing resilience to disasters.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
Normally, a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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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Students learn how to conduct original, cross-disciplinary and international scientific research with significant, positive societal impact within an intellectually and globally diverse student body. There is a focus on disciplinary research methods - in the laboratory, or in the field, depending on the nature of the research - and employing theoretical, statistical, modelling and desk-based techniques. Students' skills in research, teaching, public engagement, communications, consultancy, and knowledge exchange are emphasised.
This MPhil/PhD programme, based in UCL's Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), offers a unique opportunity to focus on a research topic of interest while learning from other disciplines across the social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, medicine, arts and humanities. Leading international researchers in all aspects of risk and disaster are part of IRDR, and there are many opportunities to collaborate with internationally renowned scientists around UCL, in industry, government and non-profit organisations with whom we have close links. Further details of our research areas and academic expertise can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr
About this degree
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
An IRDR PhD provides excellent networks and training for careers in research, research communication, public policy, (re)insurance, catastrophe modelling, risk management, international development, humanitarian assistance, engineering and many other fields. We run an annual IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair for students and graduates to seek advice regarding employment, which is attended by a range of recruiters, from the financial sector to the public sector to disaster response NGOs.
IRDR PhD graduates have gained employment in a wide variety of positions in London and around the world both within and outside of academia. The institute’s extensive links and established credibility with the private sector, the non-profit sector, government, international organisations and academia provides graduates with a high-level network for winning positions, along with the skills and qualifications to apply for advertised posts and fellowships.
Networking occurs throughout the year, not just through the array of IRDR events, but also through the opportunities on offer at UCL, London's Global University.
Why study this degree at UCL?
In addition to world-class research facilities and information resources, PhD students will gain skills essential to employment, such as teaching, proposal writing, media and public engagement, organising events, and oral and written communications. IRDR uniquely holds an annual Student Forum and Spring Academy for PhD students and an open annual conference. The PhD offers research training alongside learning opportunities in all these other areas.
Department: Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
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.
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