Risk and Disaster Science, M.Sc.

The global challenge of understanding risk, increasing resilience and reducing exposure to hazards has generated demand for a new type of scientist in government, business and NGOs, who can work across boundaries. In a science-led programme, you will learn how to assess and quantify risk, reduce disaster risks and manage emergencies for hazards and crises.

About

The global challenge of understanding risk, increasing resilience and reducing exposure to hazards has generated demand for a new type of scientist in government, business and NGOs who can work across boundaries. In a science led programme, you will learn how to assess and quantify risk, reduce disaster risks and manage emergencies for natural and anthropogenic hazards, humnaitarian and health crises, conflict and climate change.

The focus of this Risk and Disaster Science programme at University College London (UCL) is on physical sciences, supplemented by modules that focus on integrating this knowledge into disaster risk reduction, how to manage emergency and crisis situations, scenarios and tools for research in this field. Optional modules allow students to focus on particular hazards and risks.

This programme suits those wanting to focus on physical science while adopting a more holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to risk and disaster reduction through gaining a better understanding of different approaches and mindsets to increase resilience and decrease the negative impacts of disasters.

Careers

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 and Disaster Science you will have an excellent academic foundation coupled with practical and analytical skills.

We run an annual careers and opportunities forum which offers expert and targeted advice. Our graduates 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 academic research.

Programme Structure

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 one third of the programme credits. 

Two core taught modules:

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

Two compulsory taught skills modules:

  • Risk and Disaster Reduction Research Tools
  • Research Appraisal and Proposal

Two programme-specific core modules:

  • The Variable Sun: Space Weather and You
  • Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazards (Earth Sciences)

Independent research project

Two optional taught modules: 

  • Conflict, Humanitarianism, and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Decision and Risk Statistics
  • Climate Risks to Hydro-ecological Systems
  • Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
  • Emergency and Crisis Planning
  • Seismic Risk Assessment
Optional modules are subject to availability.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A 2.1 Bachelors degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant science discipline, engineering or mathematics, or any equivalent overseas qualification.
  • An undergraduate degree has a mathematical component or that you have an A-level (or equivalent) in maths.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 22850 International
  • GBP 9840 EU/EEA
Part-time:
  • UK/EU: £4,970
  • Overseas: £11,800

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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