Taught course

Geological and Environmental Hazards

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in Geology, Earth Science, Applied Geology, Civil Engineering, Geography, Environmental Science or a related discipline. Industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

If you're fascinated by the natural and man-made hazards that affect our planet and want to understand the physical processes that generate natural hazards, then the MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree course will take your understanding of the challenges ahead to the next level.

This course focuses on the physical processes that generate natural hazards through an advanced understanding of geological processes, mechanical behaviour of geological materials, field recognition and mapping of hazards, catastrophe modelling, quantitative hazard modelling and risk assessment techniques.

You'll be trained by experts in hazard identification, terrain evaluation, hazard modeling and risk assessment techniques. You'll also learn to manage the impact of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, coastal erosion and climate change. You'll understand how to monitor, warn against and help control the consequences of natural hazards.

And when you graduate, you'll have the vocational skills you need to work in the specialist hazard field – making you an attractive candidate for government agencies and specialist insurance, flood risk and geoscience companies.

Our MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. It provides advanced professional and scientific training, and an accelerated route for you to attain Chartered Status, such as Chartered Geologist (CGeol) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) when you graduate.

What you'll experience:

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from experts with extensive industrial and consultancy experience and strong portfolios in natural research
  • Become skilled in the application of specialist techniques including numerical hazard modeling and simulation, catastrophe modeling, field reconnaissance and geomorphological mapping, geotechnical testing, spatial analysis and remote sensing
  • Leanr about physical processes that affect and control natural hazards, including volcanology and earthquakes, flooding and hydrological hazards, coastal erosion, slope instability and landslides
  • Take part in research-based field trips, both locally and overseas, where you will receive specialist field training in hazard identification, mapping and monitoring
  • Complete your own independent research project to academic or industrial standards with opportunities to work with industrial partners on a joint project

Work experience and career planning

We have an extensive Alumni network from our applied geoscience masters courses and very strong industrial links, and we'll use these to help you identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the environmental, geological and geotechnical industries.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and Opportunities:

When you graduate, you'll have the vocational skills you need for a career in this specialist environmental field, as well as transferable skills including report writing, working to deadlines, team-working, presentation and communication skills. You'll be qualified to pursue a career in the insurance industry, government agencies or specialist geoscience companies.

What can you do with a Geological and Environmental Hazards degree?

Opportunities exist in the following fields:

  • Aid organisations
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Marine and offshore consultants
  • Flood risk consultants
  • GIS and remote sensing consultants
  • Engineering geology companies
  • Re-insurance and insurance sectors

This course also has a strong research skills training, advanced analytical components and an extensive research project, ideal if you wish to pursue further research at PhD level.

We'll give you as much support as possible in finding employment through use of our Alumni network, close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £9,000 Part time: £4,500 p/a* *Fees are subject to annual increase
International students
Full time: £16,400 Part time: £8,200 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566