University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Geological and Environmental Hazards

This course focuses on the physical processes that generate natural hazards through an advanced understanding of geological and environmental processes. You will be fully trained by internationally recognised experts in hazard identification, terrain evaluation techniques as well as hazard modelling and risk assessment techniques. Providing you with the essential skills to monitor, warn and help control the consequences of natural hazards.

Entry requirements

A lower 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in geology, earth science, applied geology, civil engineering, geography, environmental science or a related discipline. Industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Modules include: Natural hazard processes; numerical hazard modelling and simulation; catastrophe modelling; volcanology and seismology; flooding and hydrological hazards; hazard and risk assessment; field reconnaissance and geomorphological mapping; spatial analysis and remote sensing; geo-mechanical behaviour of earth materials; landslides and slope instability; impacts and remediation of natural hazards; independent research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is varied, aimed at developing skills relevant to a range of working environments. Assessment methods include: poster and oral presentations; project reports; literature reviews; lab reports; essays.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,200 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 13,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,100 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 6,550 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 5550