Taught course

Hazard and Disaster Management

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in geography, geology, earth science, environmental science, development studies, or a related subject, or an equivalent international qualification. International students require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 5.5 in each band or equivalent. Other pplicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Hazard and Disaster Management course is unique in balancing the development of academic knowledge with the development of your technical/vocational skills, interpersonal skills, management expertise, field preparation, and your experiences. It will equip you for a wide range of careers related to disaster risk management for environmental and other hazards.

This Masters provides a balanced study of environmental hazard and disaster management, pre-event mitigation, disaster risk reduction, emergency planning, multi-agency disaster response, and disaster relief, along with the development of technical and interpersonal skills. It will enable you to critically assess the effectiveness of existing disaster risk management techniques, in order to evaluate good practice and apply it to new situations. The course is enriched with experiences for you and includes external project work, a two-week summer school, an overseas residential field course and provides the opportunity for additional extended field or work placements.

Course content considers a range of hazards, from climate change to terrorism. You will explore the multifaceted nature of disasters and examine the operational, political and socio-cultural issues involved in disaster relief, including aspects of international law and the legal framework. You will assess risks and vulnerabilities, with case studies from the UK and other countries, to contrast developed and
developing world situations.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
14 months

Further details of qualification

The Award is designed in a modular format and will be offered on a full and part time basis. Delivery will be mixed-mode, with a combination of traditional lectures, practicals and distance learning with supporting tutorials.

Course contact details

Enquiries & Admissions
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