MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards

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    MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

If you’re interested in becoming part of the global network of professionals who predict and prepare for geological and environmental hazards such as earthquakes or volcanic activity, this Geological and Environmental Hazards Master’s course will give you the technical skills, training and fieldwork experience you’ll need.

The course focuses on the physical processes that take place in the Earth that cause geological hazards. You’ll be trained by experts in hazard identification, terrain evaluation, hazard modelling and risk assessment techniques. You’ll learn how to manage – and mitigate – the impact of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and coastal erosion.

You’ll use our geotechnics and rock mechanics labs to analyse and charactorise geological materials. You’ll use spatial analysis tools, simulation software and data analysis to assess the risks of natural hazards. And, you’ll design and implement an advanced research project, and produce a detailed report.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A second class 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 requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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Programme Funding

If you meet our criteria, you could get a £3000 tuition fees discount – visit website for details

Student Destinations

Once you complete this MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree, you’ll be able to apply your lab and field experience in small and medium-sized enterprises or in global businesses or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Alternatively, you could proceed to a research degree in earth and environmental sciences.

Graduates of this course have gone onto areas such as:

  • Environmental consultancy
  • Marine and offshore consultancy
  • Flood risk consultancy
  • GIS and remote sensing consultancy
  • Engineering geology companies
  • Re-insurance and insurance sectors

Module Details

All modules on this MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards course are core.

  • Geomechanics of Natural Hazards – 30 credits
  • Hazard Modelling and Risk Assessment – 30 credits
  • Research Skills and Project – 60 credits
  • Volcanology & Seismology – 30 credits
  • Terrain Evaluation and Natural Hazards – 30 credits

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