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Disasters, Adaptation & Development MSc

Main organization(s): King's College London




The Disasters, Adaptation & Development MSc aims to equip students with an in-depth and critical awareness of the political, geographical and technological aspects of disaster risk reduction and their contribution to sustainable adaptation and disaster responses. Taking a social development perspective, the course covers issues such as human vulnerability and responses to natural and technological hazards. This course embeds training in disaster risk reduction with technical specialities in geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing, organisational risk management, or poverty alleviation and international development.

The study course is made up of optional and required modules. Students must take the minimum of 180 credits to complete the course. In addition to a required dissertation, they will choose from a wide range of related modules.

If participants are studying full-time, they will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If they are studying part-time, their course will be delivered over two years. They will take a combination of required and optional modules over this period of time, with the dissertation in the second year.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand and Waterloo Campuses. King's College London's superb location in the heart of London allows students to access important social, cultural, and textual resources, such as the Maughan Library and the British Library.

Course format and assessment

Teaching will be through a combination of lectures and seminars, and students will typically have 20 hours of this per module. Students will also be expected to undertake 180 hours of independent study for each module.

Module   Lectures, seminars and feedback  Self-study
 Per 20-credit taught module  Typically 20 hours.  180 hours (some modules in the Geography Department may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
 Dissertation module  Usually 6 dissertation workshops/ tutorials plus 5 contact hours of one-to-one or group consulation with supervisors.  589 hours of self-study and project work.

 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Student performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Regulating Body 

King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students. 

Admission Requirement

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered.

For International entry requirements, see here. 

For English language entry requirements, click here. 

Geographical coverage



01 Sep 2020 - 01 Sep 2021

Application procedure

Click here to apply 

Tuition & cost

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2020/21)

  • Full time overseas fees: £22,350 per year (2020/21)

  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2020/21)

  • Part time overseas fees: £11,175 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deadline for application

Applications run on a rolling admissions system.

Last updated

15 Jan 2020

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

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