UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Risk and Disaster Science

The importance of science in understanding disaster risks and the need for science-based strategies at local, national and international levels are now widely recognised. The course aims to meet the growing need for experts trained in disaster science in sectors ranging from finance to humanitarian response.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper 2nd Class UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Course modules

Decision and risk statistics; earthquake hazard risk; emergency and crisis management; natural and anthropogenic hazards and vulnerability; risk and disaster reduction research tools; the variable sun (space weather risks); climate risks to hydro-ecological systems; emergency and crisis planning; integrating science into risk and disaster reduction; seismic risk assessment; statistical computing.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practicals, field visits, directed reading and 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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,020 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 23,020 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,510 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 11,460 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Full-time - 9 months

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Key information

Programme Administrator
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020 7679 2363