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Risk and Disaster Science

University College London (UCL)

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
24980 GBP/year
11830 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Risk and Disaster Science programme offered by University College London aims to meet the growing need for experts trained in disaster science in sectors ranging from finance to humanitarian response.

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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 include:

  • 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

Key information


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

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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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24980 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11830 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11830 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part time tuition fees:

  • UK/EU: £5,975 per year
  • Overseas: £12,470  per year


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Risk and Disaster Science
University College London (UCL)


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