About This Masters Degree
Risk and disaster reduction, particularly within the contexts of dealing with uncertainty and increasing resilience, are high on local, national and international agendas. The Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc aims to meet the growing need for experts trained to analyse and provide solutions to these complex issues.
Degree informationStudents will learn about and explore the characterisation, quantification, management and reduction of risk and disasters, and their associated impacts, from a diverse range of scientific, technical, socio-economic, political, environmental, ethical and cultural perspectives. They will benefit from a wide range of taught modules which form the focus of the programme.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (to the combined value of 30 credits) and an independent research project (60 credits).
A postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, 6 core modules and 2 optional modules), full-time nine months, part-time two years, is also offered.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, 6 core modules and 2 optional modules), full-time nine months, part-time two years, is also offered.
All 6 core modules must be taken.
•Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
•Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
•Emergency and Crisis Planning
•Emergency and Crisis Management
•Risk and Disaster Reduction Research Tools
•Research Proposal and Appraisal
Choose two options (to the combined value of 30 credits) from a list which may include the following:
•Natural Hazards, Social Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Management
•Post Disaster Recovery
•Adapting Cities to Climate Change
•Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
•Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazards
•Decision and Risk (Statistics)
•Risk and Contingency Planning (Security and Crime Science)
•Risk Power and Uncertainty (Anthropology)
•Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
•All students undertake an independent research project of 10,000-12,000 words which culminates in a research project and poster presentation.
Teaching and learning
•The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading and practical problem-solving exercises and a real-time disaster scenario event, with an emphasis on hands-on learning and tutorial-style dialogue between students and lecturers. Assessment is by independent and group oral presentations, written examination, coursework essays, and the independent project. Practical applications of critical and creative problem solving will be encouraged and assessed throughout.
•A series of one-day UK based field trips are available.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc
CareersThis programme provides excellent training towards careers in research, research communication, public policy, (re)insurance, catastrophe modelling, finance, risk management, international development, humanitarian assistance, engineering, and many other fields. It supports the career development of professionals already working in risk and disaster reduction, as well as those who intend to go into this field. The IRDR runs a careers and opportunities forum for students; this has been attended by insurance companies, catastrophe modelling firms, NGOs, academic institutions, and head hunters in the field of risk and disaster reduction. Several students have found opportunities through contacts made and positions advertised during this event.
Employers of previous graduates include:
•a London-based international economic consultancy working in micro-finance
•insurance companies market,
•the World Food Programme
•a London council
•London-based NGO Rescue Global
•and continued academic study through a PhD studentship.
Why study this degree at UCL?The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), where teaching for this programme is based, leads and co-ordinates multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching in risk and disaster reduction across UCL.
UCL is uniquely well placed to lead research and teaching in this field; in addition to at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research, the IRDR has established links with non-governmental organisations, industry and government departments based in and around London.
Teaching and project supervision will be provided by active researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.
Risk, Disaster and Resilience - MSc/PGDip
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Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.