University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Disaster Management for Environmental Hazards

This course provides a balanced study of environmental hazards and disaster management, pre-event mitigation, disaster risk reduction and disaster relief, along with the development of technical and interpersonal skills; it enables students to critically assess the effectiveness of the implementation of existing techniques, in order to evaluate good practice and apply it to new situations.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 BSc (Hons) degree in either Geography, Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Development Studies, or a related subject, or an equivalent international qualification. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

EU applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Course modules


Principles and Concepts in Disasters: Multi-faceted causes and consequences of disasters, nature of disasters, disaster relief and international law.
Management of Coastal and Hydrological Hazards: Flooding and integrated flood risk management, coastal hazards and sea level rise, storms, heat wave, coastal pollution incidents, climate change and resilience.
Management of Geological and Technological Hazards: Landslides, chemical hazards and safety, industrial and pollution hazards, volcanic hazards, volcanic ash and aviation, seismic hazards, pandemics, terrorist incidents.
Personal Preparedness for Disasters: Personal preparedness, leadership, survival training, victim and refugee experiences, developed from the Disaster Summer School immersive simulation week.
Disaster Risk Management: Field survey training, vulnerability and risk analysis, disaster risk management strategies, resilience, information and communication, community engagement, disaster education, personal development in disaster management.
Planning for Disasters and Civil Contingencies: Emergency and civil contingency planning, multi-agency response coordination and training, crisis leadership strategies and styles.

Plus one of the following two optional GIS modules:

Applied Geospatial Analysis: Introduction to Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing techniques, developing practical applications for hazard analysis for those with little or no GIS experience.
Remote Sensing for Environmental Management: More advanced techniques in remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems with applications for hazard analysis.
Masters Dissertation Project: All students will also complete an in-depth research project on a topic which is normally of the student's choice, but which is agreed with the course tutors.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time August 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Glyntaff Campus Pontypridd CF37 4BD Wales

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