Taught course

Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management

UCL - University College London · Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (such as engineering or architecture), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered in addition to academic qualifications.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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Months of entry


Course content

The Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc combines specialist structural and earthquake engineering knowledge with an advanced understanding of resilience and risk modelling for natural hazards. The programme is designed to produce engineers who are able to work in the civil and structural engineering sector, as well as taking roles in risk and catastrophe modelling or disaster management.

UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of London.

The department hosts EPICentre, UK’s leading natural hazard research centre. This provides a unique opportunity for the MSc students to study and research alongside the world-class experts of the field.

Students also benefit from EPICentre’s strong links with the engineering and insurance industry, through professional engineers, catastrophe modellers and disaster managers, who deliver lectures and seminars and support students with their research projects as industrial supervisors. This exposes the students to cutting-edge research, while introducing them to real-world challenges.

Students will benefit from a week-long field trip to an area that has recently suffered from a damaging earthquake to observe the extent of the destruction and explore the latest structural strengthening techniques. Read our Seismic Field Trip 2019 news article to find out more.

The programme provides a route to a professional career in civil, structural, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, as well as new opportunities in the insurance and disaster relief sector such as risk evaluation, catastrophe modelling and disaster management.

A wide choice of optional modules is available (subject to timetabling requirements), enabling students to customise their learning. 

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


Taught modules are delivered in the form of lectures and seminars, in collaboration with experts from the industry and academia, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Various online resources and multi-media trainings are offered for students’ self-study. Each module will have a number of assessment components in the form of technical and design reports, lab reports, nuemrical computer programmes, presentations and examinations.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3108 4046