• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


In the science-led Risk and Disaster Science programme offered by University College London students will explore the characterisation of risk from a fundamental understanding of hazard, statistical modelling, appreciation of causes of vulnerability, and quantifying exposure to the management and reduction of disaster risks. There is an emphasis on scientific analysis and statistical methods.

The programme consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits), three optional modules (to the combined value of 45 credits) and an independent research project (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Diploma has the same content as the MSc programme but excludes the independent research project.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practicals, field visits, directed reading and problem-solving exercises and a real-time disaster scenario event, with an emphasis on hands-on learning and tutorial-style dialogue between students and lecturers. Assessment is by independent and group oral presentations, written examination, coursework essays, and the independent project. Practical applications of critical and creative problem-solving will be encouraged and assessed throughout.

Career opportunities

This programme provides excellent training towards careers in industry and commerce, research, research communication and public policy including insurance, catastrophe modelling, finance, risk management, business continuity, humanitarian assistance, engineering, electricity distribution and many other fields. It supports the career development of professionals already working in risk and disaster reduction, as well as those who intend to go into this field. 


This programme will equip students with scientific and analytical skills to better understand and assess disaster risks and to identify solutions to reduce those risks. These skills are highly sought after in the private, public and NGO sector, and in specific fields such as catastrophe modelling, risk management, and public policy.

Career destinations of IRDR graduates include: an international economic consultancy in the field of micro-finance; a consultancy role in disaster risk for an insurance company; the World Food Programme; Rescue Global – a London based NGO; and a PhD studentship. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • Risk Analysis for Disaster Science
  • Risk and Disaster Reduction Research Tools
  • Research Appraisal and Proposal
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism, and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • The Variable Sun: Space Weather and You
  • Catastrophe Risk Modelling

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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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 discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 
  • Relevant discipline is any science, mathematical or engineering subject.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    11060 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11060 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part time tuition fees:

  • UK/EU: £5,500 per year.
  • Overseas: £12,110 per year.

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

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

  • Value: Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (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.

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