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MSc Geophysical hazards

Main organization(s): University College London (UCL), Earth Sciences


This MSc provides an introduction to geohazards, research methods and field techniques, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology. A key goal is to provide an essential grounding in quantitative modelling that can be widely applied to several fields, from pure research to the commercial sector.

The programme introduces the spectrum and impact of geophysical hazards, before focusing on quantitative models for hazard forecasting and assessment. Selected case studies illustrate how the models are essential for improving decision making during emergencies, for raising the awareness of vulnerable populations, and for evaluating and implementing mitigation strategies.

Subject areas

Core Modules

• Geological and Geotechnical Hazards
• Meteorological Hazards
• Research Methods
• Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard
• Physical Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard
• Meteorological, Climate and Hydrogeological Hazard

Target audience

The programme will be particularly attractive to those seeking or advancing a career in hazard or risk science - including hazard and risk management, environmental monitoring, emergency planning, and catastrophe-related finance - and to academics and professionals considering a career move into the hazard and risk science field.

Admission Requirement

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants whose qualifications are of a lower standard may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and experience in an appropriate field can be shown.



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Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Tuition & cost

• UK/EU 2011/12: £6,705
• Overseas 2011/12: £19,160


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Last updated

07 Oct 2011

  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) United Kingdom (London)

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