Academic Programme

  • Do more with your content!Discover PreventionWeb Services
  • MSc Risk and Disaster Science: Data Science pathway

    Email sent!

    An email has been sent to the email addresses provided, with a link to this content.

    Thank you for sharing!


MSc Risk and Disaster Science: Data Science pathway




The Data Science pathway of this science-led programme combines knowledge of risk and disaster reduction with statistical and computational skills and digital health in emergencies.

Data science provides tools to measure and understand risks, vulnerabilities and resilience. It is fundamental for decision-making in disaster response and recovery. It helps us to understand how disaster risk may evolve in the future and how science and technology may be able to improve preparedness.

This pathway begins at an introductory level and continues with a range of optional modules covering more specialized knowledge in statistical computing and modelling. Students will be able to analyse both qualitative and quantitative data and communicate the results to wide and varied audiences that have different objectives with regard to the issues and potential solutions.

As a leading global university, we aim to nurture future leaders who are equipped with scientific knowledge of disasters and professional skills in industry-standard software.

Subject areas

Data Science

  • Statistical computing and modelling of natural and anthropogenic hazards, humanitarian and health crises, conflict, and climate change

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
  • 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.



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.

Apply here


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


Dr Rosanna Smith at

Last updated

08 Jun 2020

Add this content to your collection!

Enter an existing tag to add this content to one or more of your current collections. To start a new collection, enter a new tag below.

See My collections to name and share your collection
Back to search results to find more content to tag

Log in to add your tags
  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) United Kingdom (London, Bloomsbury)
  • Language English

Please note:Content is displayed as last posted by a PreventionWeb community member or editor. The maintenance of the DRR academic programmes catalogue is a service to the DRR community and UNISDR is not responsible for the programmes delivered by academic institutions. See our terms of use

CONTRIBUTED BY: A PreventionWeb user