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This MSc provides an introduction to geohazards, research methods and field techniques, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology. A key goal is to provide an essential grounding in quantitative modelling that can be widely applied to several fields, from pure research to the commercial sector. What and how will I learn? The programme introduces the spectrum and impact of geophysical hazards, before focusing on quantitative models for hazard forecasting and assessment. Selected case studies illustrate how the models are essential for improving decision making during emergencies, for raising the awareness of vulnerable populations, and for evaluating and implementing mitigation strategies. Degree Structure Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core courses (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). Core Modules Geological and Geotechnical Hazards Meteorological Hazards Research Methods Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard Physical Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard Meteorological, Climate and Hydrogeological Hazard Dissertationreport All students undertake an independent research project in geophysical hazards, which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. Options All courses are compulsory. Further details available on subject website: http:www.es.ucl.ac.ukgraduateMSc-CoursesGeophys_HazardsGeoHazard.htm The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading and practical exercises. There are excellent opportunities for field investigations in the UK and abroad. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, practical problem-solving exercises and essays. The independent research report is assessed through the dissertation and an oral presentation. Why should I study this degree at UCL? The Department of Earth Sciences at UCL is engaged in world-class research into the processes at work on and within the Earth and planets. Graduate students benefit from our lively and welcoming environment and world-class facilities. The department hosts the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, Europe's leading multidisciplinary hazard research centre, and engages in extensive collaborative work with the Royal Institution and the Natural History Museum. This MSc aims to include a short field-trip to locations that illustrate the impact of natural hazards. Previous trips have included the Neapolitan Volcanic District, the Italian Alps and the Po Delta. Your future career The MSc programme in Geophysical Hazards will provide essential training for careers in hazard assessment and risk evaluation, including: Industry, from engineering to insurance Academic research Civil protection agencies and Government organisations and NGOs related to aid and development. About one-third of previous graduates have continued with further research (PhDs), one-third have entered the insurance industry, and one-third have pursued careers in other fields. Entry Requirements A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants whose qualifications are of a lower standard may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and experience in an appropriate field can be shown. How to apply The deadline for applications is normally 1 July for the year of entry, although later applications may exceptionally be considered. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Who can apply? The programme will be particularly attractive to those seeking or advancing a career in hazard or risk science - including hazard and risk management, environmental monitoring, emergency planning, and catastrophe-related finance - and to academics and pro
This MSc provides an introduction to geohazards, research methods and field techniques, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology. A key goal is to provide an essential grounding in quantitative modelling that can be widely applied to several fields, from pure research to the commercial sector. What and how will I learn? The programme introduces the spectrum and impact of geophysical hazards, before focusing on quantitative models fo...