The Disasters, Adaptation & Development MA/MSc programme takes a social development perspective, exploring topics such as human vulnerability, response to natural and technological hazards and to hazards associated with climate change. You will examine disaster risk reduction and choose from a wide range of modules, enabling you to build a study pathway that can include technical specialities in GIS and remote sensing, organisational risk management, or poverty alleviation and international development. 

Key benefits

  • You will be studying innovative modules in a range of disciplines taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their fields.
  • Our recently refurbished accommodation offers high-quality teaching and social facilities.
  • You will have access to research and practitioners in international development and disaster risk reduction.
  • Dissertation research opportunities with international organisations.

Study Details:

MA/MSc One year FT, two years PT

Module Details:

You must take a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 190 credits as outlined below.

Required Modules

  • Dissertation in Disasters, Adaptation and Development (60 credits)
  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • Disasters and Development (20 credits)

Additional required modules for the MSc Pathway:

  • Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)

Optional Modules

You will take 20 credits from a range of modules that may typically include:

  • Environmental Internship (20 credits)
  • Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits)
  • Environment, Livelihoods and Development in
  • the ‘South’ (20 credits)
  • Environmental GIS (20 credits)
  • Risk Communication (20 credits)
  • Critical Geographies of Terrorism (20 credits)
  • Community, Vulnerability and Disaster Risk (20 credits) (Pre-requisite: Disasters and Development, either through taking the module fully or through auditing)
  • Water, Security and the Environment (20 credits)
  • Climate Change and Culture (20 credits)
  • Climate: Science and History (20 credits)
  • A Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of
  • Sustainable Development (20 credits)
  • Human Mobility (20 credits)
  • Science in Disasters (20 credits)

In addition, students take sufficient credits to bring their total credits to 180 from:

  • Any of the modules listed above
  • Any Level 7 (master’s) modules offered in the Department of Geography
  • Up to 20 credits in Level 7 (master’s) modules offered across the university, subject to approvals.


Student Destinations

Many of our Graduates have gone on in to further research and policy development, disaster risk management and development programming for adaptation. Career opportunities with government agencies, international and national nongovernmental organisations and academic research institutes.


Entry Requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University).

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably. 

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