Taught course

Hazards and Disaster Management

Kingston University · Geography, Geology and the Environment

Entry requirements

The Hazards and Disaster Management course is open to both those entering direct from their undergraduate studies and those already in employment.

Minimum entry requirements are:

  • Good honours degree (lower second or better) or equivalent in a relevant subject such as geography, geology, environmental sciences, GIS or Earth science or equivalent;
  • relevant non-certificated learning; or
  • an appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

Your degree qualifications will be checked and verified once we receive your application.

Please note: each application is assessed on an individual basis and may be subject to additional requirements, such as undertaking short course(s), work experience and/or English language qualification(s). Meeting particular minimum entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place.

Months of entry


Course content

This course focuses on both the scientific knowledge of hazards and modern strategies of emergency planning. Its interdisciplinary approach combines traditional classroom and field-based teaching and learning techniques with modern ICT-based learning support.

A strong emphasis is placed on research-led teaching, student-centred learning and team-based activities, all of which develop the necessary skills required by practitioners in the field of hazard and disaster management.

  • This course is ideal if you want to start or advance a career in hazard or risk management, environmental monitoring, emergency planning or catastrophe-related mitigation.
  • Small student numbers allow us to modify the emphasis of the course content from year to year to cater to individual needs.
  • Our unique approach to focusing on both the scientific knowledge of hazards and modern strategies of emergency planning make graduates of this course highly employable.
  • The independent research project gives you the chance to specialise further by studying an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills. Our students often find this an excellent selling point when looking for a job or promotion.
  • We have strong links with industry and practitioners in the emergency and disaster management field, including Search And Rescue Assistance In Disasters (SARAID), RNLI, Tearfund, Community Resilience and Surrey County Council Emergency Planning Unit.

What will you study

You will study the underpinning scientific principles of both natural hazards (eg hurricanes, storms and tornadoes, flooding, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and radon gas emissions) and human-induced disasters (eg terrorism, explosions and oil tanker accidents).

You will also cover modern disaster management strategies and planning techniques for the mitigation (eg structural measures and education), preparation (eg early warning), response (eg search and rescue) and recovery (eg insurance) phases.

You will also undertake active research in one or more of your chosen hazard areas.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Information for international students

For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. Read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider: English language requirements at Kingston University

Fees and funding

Please see Hazards & Disaster Management Masters (MSc): Fees and bursaries for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Full time: 3 days per week Part time: 1.5 days per week

Course contact details

08448 547683/+44 (0)20 3308 9931