• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

On this course you'll be trained by experts in hazard identification, terrain evaluation, hazard modeling and risk assessment techniques. You'll learn to manage the impact of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, coastal erosion and climate change. You'll understand how to monitor, warn against and help control the consequences of natural hazards.

And when you graduate, you'll have the vocational skills you need to work in the specialist environmental field – making you an attractive candidate for government agencies and specialist geoscience companies.

What you will experience?

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from experts with extensive industrial and consultancy experience and strong research portfolios
  • Get hands-on experience of environmental assessment techniques, like spatial analysis and aerial photography interpretation, as well as skills such as mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies
  • Become skilled in the application of specialist techniques including numerical hazard modeling and simulation, catastrophe modeling, field reconnaissance and geomorphological mapping, geotechnical testing, spatial analysis and remote sensing
  • Learn about environmental factors including natural hazard processes, volcanology and seismology, flooding and hydrological hazards, hazard risk assessment, landslides and slope instability, and the impacts and remediation of natural hazards
  • Take part in research-based field trips, both locally and overseas, where you will receive specialist field training
  • Complete your own independent research project to academic or industrial standards

Career

When you graduate, you'll have the vocational skills you need for a career in this specialist environmental field, as well as transferable skills including report writing, working to deadlines, team-working, presentation and communication skills.

You'll be qualified to pursue a career in the insurance industry, in government agencies or specialist geoscience companies.

Opportunities also exist in the following fields:

  • Aid organisations
  • Environmental organisations
  • Offshore work
  • Civil sector
  • Mining

Accreditation

Our MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. It provides advanced professional and scientific training, and an accelerated route for you to attain Chartered Status, such as Chartered Geologist (CGeol) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) when you graduate.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Natural Hazard Processes
  • Numerical Hazard Modelling and Simulation
  • Catastrophe Modelling
  • Volcanology and Seismology
  • Flooding and Hydrological Hazards
  • Hazard and Risk Assessment
  • Field Reconnaissance and Geomorphological Mapping
  • Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing
  • Geo-mechanical Behavior of Earth Materials
  • Landslides and Slope Instability
  • Impacts and Remediation of Natural Hazards
  • Independent Research Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Make your application as soon as possible.

  • Programme intensity

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

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

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower 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

  • A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in Geology, Earth Science, Applied Geology, Civil Engineering, Geography, Environmental Science or a related discipline. Industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7700 GBP per year 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.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Part time: £3,850

International students 

  • Part time: £7,550

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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