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If you're fascinated by the natural and man-made hazards that affect our planet, then the MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree course will take your understanding of the challenges ahead to the next level.

On this course you'll be trained by experts in hazard identification, terrain evaluation, hazard modeling and risk assessment techniques. You'll learn to manage the impact of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, coastal erosion and climate change. You'll understand how to monitor, warn against and help control the consequences of natural hazards.

And when you graduate, you'll have the vocational skills you need to work in the specialist environmental field – making you an attractive candidate for government agencies and specialist geoscience companies.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from experts with extensive industrial and consultancy experience and strong research portfolios
  • Get hands-on experience of environmental assessment techniques, like spatial analysis and aerial photography interpretation, as well as skills such as mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies
  • Become skilled in the application of specialist techniques including numerical hazard modeling and simulation, catastrophe modeling, field reconnaissance and geomorphological mapping, geotechnical testing, spatial analysis and remote sensing
  • Learn about environmental factors including natural hazard processes, volcanology and seismology, flooding and hydrological hazards, hazard risk assessment, landslides and slope instability, and the impacts and remediation of natural hazards
  • Take part in research-based field trips, both locally and overseas, where you will receive specialist field training
  • Complete your own independent research project to academic or industrial standards

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the environmental sector.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll have the vocational skills you need for a career in this specialist environmental field, as well as transferable skills including report writing, working to deadlines, team-working, presentation and communication skills.

You'll be qualified to pursue a career in the insurance industry, in government agencies or specialist geoscience companies.

Opportunities also exist in the following fields:

  • Aid organisations
  • Environmental organisations
  • Offshore work
  • Civil sector
  • Mining

This course also has a strong research and analytical component, which is ideal if you wish to pursue further research to PhD level.

We aim to provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Professional accreditations

Our MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. It provides advanced professional and scientific training, and an accelerated route for you to attain Chartered Status, such as Chartered Geologist (CGeol) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) when you graduate.


Visit the Geological and Environmental Hazards MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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