• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


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


                        Detailed Programme Facts

                        English Language Requirements

                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

                        • Minimum required score:


                          The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                        • Minimum required score:


                          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                        Academic Requirements

                        You need the following GPA score:

                        Required score: Upper Second Class

                        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                        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

                        • International

                          24252 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 24250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
                        • EU/EEA

                          10152 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 10150 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                        Living costs for London

                        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                          Living Costs

                        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                        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

                          Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

                          The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

                          Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


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