UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Management pathway: MSc Risk and Disaster Science

The management pathway of this science-led programme fills a business and organisational need for graduates with management skills and innovative approaches to increasing resilience.

Natural and anthropogenic hazards, humanitarian and health crises, conflict, and climate change create challenges for businesses and demand managerial skills to respond. Graduates from this new pathway will be highly employable in government, NGOs and companies around the world, equipped with a scientific understanding of risks and disasters combined with risk and disaster management skills. As one of the best global universities in the world, we aim to nurture future leaders who drive responsible and resilient businesses and who can foster sustainable development.

The Risk and Disaster Science MSc Management Pathway has the same content as the Risk and Disaster Science MSc but offers the opportunity to select up to two optional modules from the UCL School of Management (availability subject to timetabling).

See the full Risk and Disaster Science MSc Management Pathway Brochure for more details. 

About this degree

Director: Professor Peter Sammonds

This course is suitable for students who want to have a wide range of taught courses, whilst still completing a substantial independent project. The taught courses are the focus of the programme, with the project constituting 1/3 of the programme credits.

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits: two core taught modules (15 credits each), One programme-specific core module (15 credits), two compulsory taught skills modules (15 credits), three optional taught modules (15 credits each), and an independent research project (60 credits).

Two core taught modules (15 credits):

  • IRDR0003 Emergency and Crisis Management
  • IRDR0015 Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction

One programme-specific core module (15 credits):

  • IRDR0010 Risk Analysis for Disaster Science

Two compulsory taught skills modules (15 credits each):

  • IRDR0004 Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • IRDR0005 Practice and Appraisal of Research

Three Optional Taught Modules:

For those students interested in the Management stream, we recommend the following optional modules. Please note all optional modules are subject to availability and there may be timetable restrictions. Therefore students may not be able to take their first choice of optional modules.

  • IRDR0001 - Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
  • IRDR0002 Emergency and Crisis Planning
  • IRDR0006 - Conflict, Humanitarianism, and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • IRDR0008 - Catastrophe Risk Modelling
  • IRDR0009 - Digital Public Health: Epidemics and Emergencies in the Era of Big Data
  • Gender, Disaster and Conflict
  • Business Continuity Management and Organizational Resilience
  • Decision and Risk Statistics *
  • Social Network Analysis (UCL School of Management)
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice (UCL School of Management)
  • Decision and Risk Analysis (UCL School of Management)
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship (UCL School of Management)
  • Project Management (UCL School of Management )
  • Influence and Negotiations** (UCL School of Management)

* These modules may require some prerequisites. Please contact the module tutor for details. 
 **NOT AVAILABLE to full-time students due to timetable clashes

Independent Project (60 credits):

  • Risk and Disaster Science MSc Independent Project
How to apply


Applicants who wish to choose this optional pathway must apply through the Risk and Disaster Science MSc Programme.

After getting admitted by the Risk and Disaster Science MSc, students will be eligible to choose the Management Pathway and have the opportunity to enroll in the optional modules from UCL School of Management.