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MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience


Students will learn about and explore the characterisation, quantification, management and reduction of risk, as well as disasters and their associated impacts, from a broad range of scientific, technical, socio-economic, political, environmental, ethical and cultural perspectives. Through this multidisciplinary approach, students gain expertise in analysing complex challenges, enabling them to become future leaders who drive policy change and innovation.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (to the combined value of 30 credits) and an independent research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, six core modules and two optional modules, but no independent project), full-time nine months, part-time two years, is also offered.

Subject areas

  • Physical and social science of natural and anthropogenic hazards
  • Understanding vulnerability
  • Building resilience
  • Quantifying risk
  • Multidisciplinary holistic approaches
  • Managing disasters

Admission Requirement

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant discipline is any science including social sciences, or any humanities subject.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Geographical coverage



Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

Application procedure

Applications must be done through the main UCL application system. 


Please visit the scholarships page for more information.

Tuition & cost

Please visit the tuition page for more information.

Deadline for application

26 July 2019


If you would like further information about post-graduate courses at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, or wish to discuss the application procedure, please contact Rosanna Smith.

Last updated

05 Apr 2019

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

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