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Space Risk and Disaster Reduction - MSc

Course Description

Uniting emergency response, disaster risk reduction and space technology this programme is designed to prepare students to work in the fields of satellite technology and disaster response to explore the management of risk and disaster losses from a range of perspectives, focusing on emerging risks posed to modern technology by space weather and the monitoring of hazards on Earth from outer space.

Degree information

Students will learn about a wide variety of natural hazards, how to prepare and plan for emergencies and disasters and how to respond. Students will also learn practical aspects of designing, building and operating satellites and spacecraft including the challenges and risks posed by the environment of outer space.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
-Emergency and Crisis Management
-Research Appraisal and Proposal
-The Variable Sun: Space Weather Risks
-Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions
-Space Systems Engineering

Optional modules - students choose two 15-credit optional modules from the following:
-Decision and Risk Statistics
-Emergency and Crisis Planning
-Global Monitoring and Security
-Mechanical Design of Spacecraft
-Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
-Risk and Disaster Research Tools
-Space-Based Communication Systems
-Space Instrumentation and Applications
-Spacecraft Design - Electronic Sub-systems

Optional modules are subject to availability of places.

All students undertake an independent project culminating in a report of between 10,000 and 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered by lectures, seminars and interactive problem sessions. Assessment is by examination, poster, presentation and written essay coursework.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The unique selling point of the programme is the direct access to key government and business drivers in the field of space weather, with invited seminars and reserch projects supported by the UK Met Office, EDF, Atkins and other institutions interested in the hazards of space.

The natural hazard of space weather is a "new" hazard which has only recently been identified as a significant risk to human society. As the first generation of researchers, practitioners and engineers in this field, students will be at the forefront of major new issues in an expanding sector of the economy. As disaster response comes to rely on more advanced technology aid, relief and disaster response agencies require experts trained in the technological infrastructure to innovate, explain, operate and understand the limitations of these novel systems and the help they can provide before, during and after disasters.

The programme will also provide students will advanced training in many transferable skills, such as computor programming, technical writing, oral and written presentation, the use of engineering design tools and graphic visualisation software.

Visit the Space Risk and Disaster Reduction - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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