Taught course


Durham University · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

Normally at least an upper second class degree (2:1). English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

Despite the phenomenal technological progress of the 20th century, most people still live with the acute and chronic consequences of age-old hazards such as floods and earthquakes. This MSc is for students who want to receive specialised scientific training in physical hazards that pose large risks to communities living throughout the world. Students on this programme will receive theoretical and practical training for understanding and quantifying hazards. They will learn about how hazards persist over long periods of time instead of merely as single events, but are composed of many smaller sub-events or how their effects are widespread.

Course Structure

Students take the following core modules, and a selection of elective modules, which, when combined, add up to 180 credits:

Core Modules:
  • Understanding Risk (30 credits)
  • Risk Frontiers (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Risk Research (15 credits)
  • Dissertation by Research (or) Vocational Dissertation (60 credits)
Elective Modules available in previous years include:
  • Hydrological Hazards (30 credits)
  • Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Hazard (30 credits)
  • Social Dimensions of Risk and Resilience (30 credits)
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East (15 credits)
  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis (15 credits)
  • European Security (15 credits)
  • Social Policy and Society (30 credits).

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

(0)191 334 1833