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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 for students who want to receive specialised scientific training in physical hazards that pose large risks to communities living throughout the world. Students on this programme will receive theoretical and practical training for understanding and quantifying hazards. You will 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.

Course modules

Core Modules: Understanding Risk (30 credits), Risk Frontiers (15 credits), Fundamentals of Risk Research (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

Assessment is by either a research-based or a vocational dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 18,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 Years

Campus details

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

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