Risk and disaster reduction, particularly within the contexts of dealing with uncertainty and increasing resilience, are high on local, national and international agendas. The Risk and Disaster Reduction Postgraduate Certificate offers students the opportunity to gain a sound grasp of the characteristics of risk and disasters and their past, present and future impacts on society.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants with a different degree, or with no degree but with relevant professional experience, will be considered. Relevant discipline is any science including social sciences, or any humanities subject.
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: Good
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.
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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About this degree
Students develop the ability to assess risk and disaster potential and appreciate and propose risk and disaster management and mitigation strategies. They gain the knowledge and skills required to make more effective decisions based on the creative and critical analysis of a broad spectrum of information.
Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.
The programme consists of four optional modules (15 credits each).
Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Risk and Disaster Reduction.
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.
Four Optional Modules (each 15 credits) must be chosen from the list of appropriate modules below.
- IRDR0001: Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
- IRDR0002: Emergency and Crisis Planning and Management
- IRDR0003: Advanced Emergency and Crisis Planning and Management
- IRDR0004: Data Analysis and Interpretation
- IRDR0005: Practice and Appraisal of Research
- IRDR0006: Conflict, Humanitarianism and Disaster Risk Reduction
- IRDR0007: Space Weather and Technological Failures
- IRDR0008: Catastrophe Risk Modelling
- IRDR0009: Digital Public Health: Epidemics and Emergencies in the Era of Big Data
- IRDR0010: Risk Analysis for Disaster Science
- IRDR0015: Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
- IRDR0016: Gender, Disaster and Conflict
- IRDR0017: Business Continuity Management and Organisational Resilience
There is no independent research project for this degree.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading and practical problem-solving exercises. Assessment is by oral and written examinations, group exercises, and assessed practicals and coursework. Practical applications of critical and creative problem-solving will be encouraged and assessed throughout.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme provides excellent training towards careers in research, research communication, public policy, (re)insurance, catastrophe modelling, finance, risk management, international development, humanitarian assistance, engineering, and many other fields. It supports the career development of professionals already working in risk and disaster reduction, as well as those who intend to go into this field.
Whether you wish to start a new career in risk and disaster reduction or you already have experience in this sector, we are here to support you. A PGCert in Risk and Disaster Reduction will provide practical and analytical skills, as well as subject specific knowledge.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) leads multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching across UCL.
UCL is uniquely well placed to lead research and teaching in this field. With at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research, the IRDR has established links with NGOs, industry and government departments based in and around London.
As a student, you will be encouraged to join our active seminar series, high-profile public discussion meetings and networking events.
The IRDR careers and opportunities forum for students has been attended by insurance companies, catastrophe modelling firms, NGOs, local government, academic institutions, and head hunters in the field of risk and disaster reduction. Students have found opportunities through contacts made and positions advertised during this event.
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.
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: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
- All applicants
- 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 Risk and Disaster Reduction at graduate level
- why you want to study Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with this postgraduate 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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