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MSc Risk, Disaster and Resilience: Management pathway




This Management pathway of this science-led programme fills a business and organizational need for graduates with management skills and innovative approaches to increase resilience.

Graduates from this new pathway will be highly employable in government, NGOs and companies around the world, equipped with a scientific understanding of risks and disasters combined with risk and disaster management skills. As one of the best global universities in the world, we aim to nurture future leaders who drive responsible and resilient businesses and who can foster sustainable development.

Learn from world-class researchers and professionals delivering the programme through a combination of lectures, class discussions, problem-solving exercises, practicals, field trips, directed reading, student-led dialogue, and a practitioner-led real-time disaster scenario event. Assessment is by individual and group presentations, coursework, written examinations, and a research project.

Subject areas

Disaster Management

  • Managerial skills to face disasters and to reduce risks
  • Entrepreneurial mind and innovative approaches to build resilience
  • Business continuity planning to manage real emergencies

Science of Earth and Space Hazards

  • Analyze different hazard risks: seismicity, space weather, epidemics, conflict and climate
  • Scenarios and case studies drawn globally to provide breadth of experience

Understanding Vulnerability

  • From fragility curves describing damage to buildings to social vulnerability of individuals and society

Quantifying Risk

  • What is risk and how do we measure it?
  • Components of risk: exposure, hazard, vulnerability

Multidisciplinary Holistic Approaches

  • Integrating scientific knowledge into disaster risk reduction research, policy and practice
  • Communicating with stakeholders

Managing Disasters

  • How to apply plans to manage real emergencies

Admission Requirement

Entry requirements

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, mathematical or engineering subject.

English language requirements

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. The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on the English language requirements page at



Geographical coverage



Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application procedure

Applicants who wish to choose this optional pathway must apply through the Risk and Disaster Science MSc Programme. After pre-enrolling on the Risk and Disaster Science MSc, students will be eligible to choose the Management Pathway and have the opportunity to enrol in up to two optional modules from the UCL School of Management.

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Found out more on scholarships here:

Tuition & cost

£11,830 (FT)
£5,975 (PT)

£24,980 (FT)
£12,470 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website here

Deadline for application

28 Aug 2020


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Last updated

08 Jun 2020

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

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