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Natural Hazards for Insurers PG Cert

Climate and environmental change, increasing development and urbanisation, and mounting exposure to natural hazards are imposing growing pressure on insurers and reinsurers to seek ways of limiting exposure, reducing vulnerability and building resilience. The PG Cert Natural Hazards for Insurers provides students with a better understanding of natural hazards and the means by which their impacts on the market may be mitigated or avoided.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Part time: 1 year

The programme runs part time over 12 months, with timetabled attendance limited to 23 afternoons, including exams.

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Notification
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£6,270 (PT)
Overseas:
£14,400 (PT)


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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. This programme may be studied on a part-time basis only; the fee shown here is the part-time tuition fee.

Accreditation:

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). Successful completion of the course qualifies the candidate for 60 non-unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma level towards the CII exam framework. Alternatively, completion may be counted towards either Associateship or Fellowship of the CII (major achievement), although it may only be counted once. Candidates may claim one hour of structured CPD towards the CII member CPD scheme for every hour of study.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or three years' appropriate experience in the financial services sector.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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.

Select your country:

About this degree

Emphasis is placed on developing an improved understanding of natural hazards, including their global distribution and manifestation, the data available and their limitations, and relevant cutting-edge research. Focus is on hazards of most immediate interest to the market (windstorms, floods, wildfires and earthquakes), but also addresses broader topics (dam and reservoir safety, resource management and hazardous waste disposal).

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules: two taught modules (15 credits each) and an independent project (30 credits).

Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Natural Hazards for Insurers.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

The programme consists of the following three compulsory modules:

  • Geological and Geotechnical Hazards (15 credits)
  • Meteorological Hazards (15 credits)
  • Independent Project (30 credits)

Research project/report

All students undertake an independent project, which culminates in an 8,000-word report and an oral presentation worth a total of 30 credits.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussions, directed study and problem-solving exercises. Taught modules are assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework (essays, reports, practical exercises and presentations), and the independent project is assessed through an 8,000-word report and an oral presentation.

The programme requires a total of 600 hours of student study time, of which about 15% is direct contact time with teaching staff through lectures, seminars, practical exercises and project supervision. Formal out-of-office time is limited to 23 afternoons throughout the programme, including examinations.

Additional costs

Students cover the cost of preparing and presenting their independent project.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Note:
Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Employability

The PG Cert Natural Hazards for Insurers provides the intellectual, analytical and practical tools for making more informed decisions in day-to-day encounters with natural hazards, exposure and loss.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Top hazard scientists at UCL and other leading academic, research, government, non-government, business and industry organisations have worked with market professionals, the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Under 35s Reinsurance Group to develop and deliver this flexible professional programme, which has been running successfully for over 20 years.

Students benefit from our welcoming environment and world-class facilities, including the UCL Hazard Centre, which was one of the first centres of its kind in the world. They also interact with students on the MSc in Geophysical Hazards, which leads to a mutually beneficial learning and knowledge exchange environment.

Accreditation:

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). Successful completion of the course qualifies the candidate for 60 non-unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma level towards the CII exam framework. Alternatively, completion may be counted towards either Associateship or Fellowship of the CII (major achievement), although it may only be counted once. Candidates may claim one hour of structured CPD towards the CII member CPD scheme for every hour of study.

Department: Earth Sciences

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

This programme only requires one reference in support of your application. Your reference should be academic unless you have been out of university education for more than four years. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is specifically designed for insurers, reinsurers and other stakeholders in the financial sector, who require the intellectual and practical tools to make more informed decisions in their day-to-day encounters with natural hazard exposure and loss.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Natural Hazards for Insurers at postgraduate level
  • why you want to study Natural Hazards for Insurers at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your certificate

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.

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