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Risk

Despite the phenomenal technological progress of the 20th century, most people still live with the acute and chronic consequences of age-old hazards such as floods and earthquakes. This MSc is aimed at those interested in engaging with the natural and social dimensions of environmental hazards, including disasters and climate related risk. You will receive specialised scientific training in the physical hazards that pose large risks to communities living throughout the world, from climate change and meteorological risks to flooding, earthquakes and landslides. On this course you will receive theoretical and practical training for understanding and quantifying risks and hazards. You will also learn about how hazards persist over long periods of time instead of merely as single events, but are composed of many smaller sub-events or how their effects are widespread.

Entry requirements

MSc: Normally at least 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); Risk Frontiers (15 credits); Risk, Science and Communication (15 credits); Dissertation by Research (or) Vocational Dissertation (60 credits). Elective Modules available in previous years include: Hydrological Hazards (30 credits); Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Hazard (30 credits); Social Dimensions of Risk and Resilience (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 degree is to equip you with a general understanding of risk, whilst simultaneously providing specific training in elements of risk-related research. The MSc 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 be 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 and policy areas, and be expected to demonstrate that you can combine your general training in risk with your 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
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,530 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 19,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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