The Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc combines specialist earthquake engineering knowledge with an understanding of the social, economic and political impact of earthquake events in order to produce engineers who can deliver holistic design solutions and are able to work in both engineering and disaster management roles.
Graduates will be able to:
-Determine the vulnerability of ordinary and special structures to seismic actions.
-Apply both current seismic codes and novel unconventional methodologies of seismic design, repair and assessment.
-Assess the adequacy, economic viability and life-saving effectiveness of pre-event risk mitigation and post-event risk management solutions.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) consisting of seven core modules (105 credits) and one optional module (15 credits) is offered.
-Engineering Seismology & Earthquake Geotechnics
-Disaster Risk Reduction
-Introduction to Seismic Design of Structures
-Advanced Seismic Design Structures
-Seismic Risk Assessment
-Seismic Loss Mitigation and Strengthening of Low-Engineered Buildings
-Advanced Structural Analysis
-Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard
-Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
-Natural and Environmental Disasters
-Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words
Teaching and learning
Taught modules have been developed and are delivered in collaboration with experts from industry and non-governmental organisations. In addition a field trip is organised every year to an earthquake affected region.
Students graduate with strong technical engineering skills and rarely taught knowledge of risk evaluation. They are also able to understand the wider implications of disasters and are exposed to both industry and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Graduates have gone on to successful careers in the civil engineering industry, in international NGOs, in the financial sector, and in academia.
Top career destinations for this degree:
-Assistant Engineer, Mott MacDonald
-Engineer in HSE and Disaster Management, MHS, Mabna Sazeh Houshmand , Iran
-Road Maintenance Engineer, AKTOR
-PhD in Earthquake Sciences, University College London
-PhD in Strengthening Buildings and Structure, The Cyprus University of Technology
The programme aims to create a new type of global earthquake engineer able to take a holistic approach to earthquake engineering and disaster management. Graduates of the programme will have developed the specialist skills necessary for a career in the engineering sector and other areas that require knowledge and understanding of earthquake engineering and disaster risk management/mitigation principles. The MSc is accredited by the Institute of Civil Engineers as a further learning programme that can count towards chartership.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering hosts EPICentre, a leading research centre in earthquake engineering, and provides an exciting environment in which to explore this new, multidisciplinary and constantly evolving science.
The programme has extensive links to industry through professional engineers and disaster managers who deliver lectures and seminars and support students on their research projects as industrial supervisors.
Students benefit from a voluntary field trip to the closest location of a recent major earthquake to study disaster management and the effects of the earthquake on the built environment, structural strengthening techniques and disaster management.
A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered in addition to academic qualifications.