UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


MSc Risk and Disaster Resilience: Management Pathway

This Management pathway of this programme fills a business and organisational need for graduates with management skills and innovative approaches to increase resilience.

Why is management important in disaster risk reduction?

Natural and anthropogenic hazards, humanitarian and health crises, conflict, and climate change create challenges for businesses and demand managerial skills to respond.

Why choose the Management Pathway?

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

How to apply

Applicants who wish to choose this optional pathway must apply through the Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc Programme. After pre-enrolling on the Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc, students will be eligible to choose the Management Pathway and have the opportunity to enroll in up to two optional modules from the UCL School of Management.

Teaching and Learning

Learn from world-class researchers and professionals delivering the programme through a combination of lectures, class discussions, problem-solving exercises, practicals, field trips, directed reading, student-led dialogue, and a practitioner-led real-time disaster scenario event. Assessment is by individual and group presentations, coursework, written examinations, and a research project.

Programme Specific Themes

Disaster Management

  • Managerial skills to face disasters and to reduce risks
  • Entrepreneurial mind and innovative approaches to build resilience
  • Business continuity planning to manage real emergencies

Building Resilience

  • What are the barriers to risk and disasters reduction and how do we overcome them?


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IRDR MSc themes

Understanding Vulnerability

  • From fragility curves describing damage to buildings to social vulnerability of individuals and society

Quantifying Risk

  • What is risk and how do we measure it?
  • Components of risk: exposure, hazard, vulnerability

Multidisciplinary Holistic Approaches

  • Integrating scientific knowledge into disaster risk reduction research, policy and practice
  • Communicating with stakeholders

Managing Disasters

  • How to apply plans to manage real emergencies

More information

Find key course information, including entry requirements, fees and how to apply on the Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc prospectus page.


Whether you wish to start a new career in risk and disaster reduction or you already have experience we are here to support you. With an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience you will have excellent academic credibility coupled with practical and analytical skills. We run an annual Careers and Opportunities Fair which offers expert and targeted advice, and hosts stalls from a range of employers and headhunters in the field of risk and disaster reduction. Our alumni are highly sought-after in the following sectors: insurance, catastrophe modelling , risk management, public policy, humanitarian development, NGOs, business continuity, government, emergency services, consultancy, and academia.

Some career destinations of recent IRDR graduates:

  • Business Continuity & Resilience Consultant, PwC
  • Business Continuity Consultant, ARUP
  • Underwriting Assistant, MS Amlin
  • Catastrophe Analyst, Barbican Insurance Group
  • Reinsurance Claims Management Executive AXA Global Re, Paris
  • Analyst, RMS (Risk Management Solutions)
  • Disaster Risk Management Consultant, World Bank
  • Project Officer, Global Risk Forum, Davos
  • Risk & Business Continuity Officer, County Fire & Rescue
  • Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Officer, UK Local Government
  • PhD student, NERC London Doctoral School