12 months
10150 GBP/year
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At the Space Risk and Disaster Reduction programme at the University College London you will learn space science, hazards and vulnerabilities unique to outer space, disaster response, and the monitoring of hazards on Earth from outer space 

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At the Space Risk and Disaster Reduction programme at the University College London you will 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.

Career opportunities

Whether you wish to start a new career in risk and disaster reduction or you already have experience we are here to support you. 

Graduates of Space Risk and Disaster Reduction programme at the University College Londonare highly sought-after in the following sectors: insurance, risk management, satellite industry, data science, NGOs, government agencies, finance, consultancy and academic research.

Some career destinations of recent IRDR graduates:

  • Disaster Risk Management Consultant, World Bank
  • Project Officer, Global Risk Forum Davos
  • Global Engagement Fellow, Interpeace
  • Civil Contingencies Coordinator, UK Local Government
  • Project Officer, Cairo Local Government
  • Reinsurance Claims Management Executive AXA Global Re, Paris
  • Business Continuity Consultant, Arup
  • Business Continuity & Resilience Consultant, PwC 
  • Space Engineering, Airbus
  • Space Engineering, AstroSat
  • PhD student, NERC London Doctoral School

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Research Appraisal and Proposal
  • The Variable Sun: Space Weather Risks
  • Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions
  • Space Systems Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant science discipline, engineering or mathematics, or an equivalent overseas qualification. 
  • English requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    10150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10150 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


Brown Family Bursary

  • Value: £15,000 (1 year)
  • Eligibility:UK
  • Criteria:Based on both academic merit and financial need
IRDR Masters Scholarships
  • Value: Varies (1 year)
  • Eligibility: Overseas
  • Criteria:Based on both academic merit and financial need

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