12 months
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22790 GBP/year
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About

The Geography (Risk) course offered by Durham University is aimed at those interested in engaging with the natural and social dimensions of environmental hazards, including disasters and climate related risk. 

Overview

You will receive specialised scientific training in the physical hazards that pose large risks to communities living throughout the world, from climate change and meteorological risks to flooding, earthquakes and landslides. 

On this Geography (Risk) course offered by Durham University you will receive theoretical and practical training for understanding and quantifying risks and hazards. You will also learn about how hazards persist over long periods of time instead of merely as single events, but are composed of many smaller sub-events or how their effects are widespread.

Course Learning and Teaching

Understanding and managing risk is ultimately about choice. All elements of society, from individuals to governments, must make decisions – conscious or not – about the ways in which they perceive, interpret, balance, and mitigate risk. Risk permeates our day-to-day lives in ways that are now recognised to be much more complex than the hazard-vulnerability paradigm, which dominated risk research until the 1990s, recognised. A deeper understanding of the nature of risk, its emergence, and its interface and position within societies, has emphasised the need to take a much more complex view in which a general understanding of the ways in which risk is generated, experienced and managed needs to be combined with a specific understanding of particular science or policy areas.

The primary aim of this Masters degree is to equip you with a general understanding of risk, whilst simultaneously providing specific training in science-based elements of risk-related research. This will be achieved through an interdisciplinary framework for understanding risk from a variety of perspectives. You will learn theoretical and practical approaches to identifying and framing risk, as well as the underlying physical and social mechanisms that generate it. You will also examine the relationship of risk to knowledge and policy, and be made aware of the array of advanced tools and techniques to assess the physical and social dimensions of risk under conditions of uncertainty. You will also be trained in the substance and methods associated with a range of science and policy areas, and be expected to demonstrate that you can combine your general training in risk with your specific understanding of the substance and method associated with the chosen area, through either a research-based or a vocational dissertation.

Programme Structure

Core modules:

  • Understanding Risk 
  • Risk Frontiers 
  • Risk, Science and Communication 
  • Hydro-Meteorological Hazards or Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Hazards 
  • Dissertation by Research (or) Vocational Dissertation 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • A second class degree (2:1).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22790 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22790 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12250 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part Time Fees

  • EU students: £6,740  per year
  • Island students students: £12,540 per year

Living costs for Durham

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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

Funding

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