Natural Hazards for Insurers PG Cert

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

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.

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: Level 1

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

A strong emphasis is placed on developing an improved understanding of natural hazards, including their global distribution and manifestation, the data available and their uncertainties and limitations, and relevant cutting-edge research. The content focuses on hazards of most immediate interest to the market, notably windstorms, floods, wildfires and earthquakes, but also addresses broader topics, such as dam and reservoir safety, resource management and hazardous waste disposal. The programme provides analytical and practical tools for making more informed decisions in day-to-day encounters with natural hazards, exposure and loss.

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussions, directed reading and problem-solving exercises. Student performance is assessed through written examinations and coursework in the form of essays, reports, practical exercises and oral presentations.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

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.

The foundation of your career


Recent graduates have come from Ark, Canopius, Chaucer, Guy Carpenter, Liberty, RSA Insurance and Tokio Marine Kiln Group.


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.

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.

Students undertake three compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits, which equate to a total of 600 hours of student effort. There are two 10-week teaching blocks, which are then followed by time to conduct an independent research project. Timetabled out-of-office time is limited to 23 afternoons, including examinations.


Three compulsory modules are studied over 12 months.

Term 1: Geological and Geotechnical Hazards.

Term 2: Meteorological Hazards.

Term 3: Independent Project.

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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Natural Hazards for Insurers.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £7,100
Tuition fees (2023/24) £16,200

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

Students cover the cost of preparing and presenting their independent project, this should not amount to more than £50.

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

Funding your studies

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

Next steps

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 Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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