The Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management (EEDM) MSc combines specialist structural and earthquake engineering knowledge with an advanced understanding of risk modelling for natural hazards in order to produce engineers who can deliver design holistic solutions and are able to work in engineering, catastrophe modelling and disaster management roles.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (such as engineering or architecture), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered in addition to academic qualifications.
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.
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About this degree
Graduates will be able to:
- determine the vulnerability of ordinary and special structures to seismic actions
- apply both current seismic codes and novel unconventional methodologies of seismic design, repair and assessment
- assess the adequacy, economic viability and life-saving effectiveness of pre-event risk mitigation and post-event risk management solutions.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) consisting of seven core modules (105 credits) and one optional module (15 credits) is offered.
- Introduction to Seismic Design of Structures (T1)
- Seismic Risk Assessment (T1)
- Structural Dynamics (T1)
- Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (T2)
- Structural Vulnerability & Resilience (T2)
- Advanced Seismic Design of Structures (T2)
Terms (T1, T2) are indicated in brackets.
- Advanced Structures (T1)
- Integrating Science Into Disaster Risk Reduction (T1)
- Natural and Environmental Disasters (T2)
- Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods (T2)
- Design & Analysis of Structural Systems (T2)
- Catastrophe Risk Modelling (T2)
- Project Management A or B (T2)
Terms (T1, T2) are indicated in brackets.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
Taught modules have been developed and are delivered in collaboration with experts from industry and non-governmental organisations. In addition a field trip is organised every year to an earthquake affected region.
This programme qualifies for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme, suitable for nationals residing in Commonwealth developing countries who wish to study a one-year taught UK Masters programme.
The scholarship covers tuition fees and air fares to and from the UK.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Now closed for 2019/20
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Engineering for International Development MSc only
- Full fees plus stipend (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Students graduate with strong technical engineering skills and rarely taught knowledge of risk evaluation. They are also able to understand the wider implications of disasters and are exposed to both industry and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Graduates have gone on to successful careers in the civil engineering industry, in international NGOs, in the financial sector, and in academia.
The programme aims to create a new type of global earthquake engineer able to take a holistic approach to earthquake engineering and disaster management. Graduates of the programme will have developed the specialist skills necessary for a career in the engineering sector and other areas that require knowledge and understanding of earthquake engineering and disaster risk management/mitigation principles. The MSc is accredited by the Institute of Civil Engineers as a further learning programme that can count towards chartership.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering hosts EPICentre, a leading research centre in earthquake engineering, and provides an exciting environment in which to explore this new, multidisciplinary and constantly evolving science.
The programme has extensive links to industry through professional engineers, catastrophe risk modeller, and disaster managers who deliver lectures and seminars and support students on their research projects as industrial supervisors.
Students benefit from a field trip to the closest location of a recent major earthquake to study disaster management and the effects of the earthquake on the built environment, structural strengthening techniques and disaster management.
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students from a civil engineering background. It aims to impart specialist earthquake engineering skills and an understanding of disaster risk reduction methodologies for careers in the engineering sector and other areas that require a knowledge and understanding of earthquake engineering and disaster risk management/mitigation principles.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management at graduate level
- why you want to study Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.