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Risk

This MA course is designed for those who wish to explore the social dimensions of risk and resilience. The Department of Geography is especially well-suited to examine these in relation to environmental hazards, climate change and security-related risk, but you are encouraged to develop your own thinking in relation to any aspect of risk research, including broader environmental change, disaster risk reduction, financial risk, risk and insurance, risk and health, risk and migration, risk and social policy, risk and governance, borders and terrorism. This course foregrounds the existence of multiple ways of understanding risk, from risk as an objective phenomenon managed through scientific tools (e.g. in the case of environmental hazards) to risk as a social construct and a political technique (e.g. in the case of risk and security). For those interested in security-related risk, this course offers in-depth and advanced understanding of geo-political security challenges and politics, including the ways in which society is governed increasingly through the prism of risk. Dealing with risks as a function of both the natural and social environments we live in, the course responds to the growing realisation that many risks are being created through social processes bound to questions of security, including the ways that risk techniques are emerging and being employed as a means of securing uncertain futures.

Entry requirements

MA: An upper second class degree (2:1).

Course modules

You will take the following core modules, and a selection of elective modules, which, when combined, add up to 180 credits: Core Modules: Understanding Risk (30 Credits); Social Dimensions of Risk and Resilience (30 Credits); Risk Frontiers (15 Credits); Using Geographical Skills and Techniques (15 Credits); Dissertation by Research (or) Vocational Dissertation (60 Credits). Elective Modules available in previous years include: Hydrological Hazards (30 Credits); Risk, Science and Communication (15 Credits); Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Hazard (30 Credits); International Relations and Security in the Middle East (15 Credits); Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis (15 Credits); European Security (15 Credits); Social Policy and Society (30 Credits).

Assessment methods

The primary aim of this Masters programme is to equip you with a general understanding of risk; whilst simultaneously providing specific training in elements of risk-related research. The MA supports you in developing a strong social science perspective on risk. This will be achieved through an interdisciplinary framework for understanding risk from a variety of perspectives. You will learn theoretical and practical approaches to identifying and framing risk, as well as the underlying physical and social mechanisms that generate it. You will also examine the relationship of risk to knowledge and policy, and made aware of the array of advanced tools and techniques to assess the physical and social dimensions of risk under conditions of uncertainty. You will also be trained in the substance and methods associated with a range of science, social science and policy areas, and be expected to demonstrate that they can combine their general training in risk with their specific understanding of the substance and method associated with the chosen area, through either a research-based or a vocational dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 19,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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