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The programme takes a social development perspective and includes human vulnerability and response to natural and technological hazards and to hazards associated with climate change. It embeds training in disaster risk reduction with access to a broad range of modules that enable the student to craft a degree that can include technical specialities in GIS and remote sensing, organisational risk management, or poverty alleviation and international development. It aims to enable students to develop the skills required to engage with both cutting-edge academic literature and policy work so that they can participate in this dynamic and contested arena. These aims are achieved by the unique combination of theoretical and practical modules that draw on the expertise of the staff and internships with participating humanitarian and development organisations.
Learning undertaken within a world leading research institute enabling cross-over of research, learning and professional advancement.
Professional internship provides career development.
Opportunities for placements with international organisations for conduct of overseas MA dissertation research.
Post-degree 3-6 month paid internships available.
Regular seminars, high-quality student body and alumni network enable learning beyond formal contact time.
Unrivalled location allows access to international hub for research and practitioners in international development and disaster risk reduction.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake 20 FT/PT approximately.
Course leaders Professor Mark Pelling
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
Course contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Geography
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University).Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.
We run a rolling admissions system. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.
Please provide a personal statement that shows how your own interests are linked to the programme. In this statement please describe your academic background, your reasons for applying for this programme and what you hope to gain from it, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests.
The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.
The Disasters, Adaptation & Development programme takes a social development perspective and includes human vulnerability and response to natural and technological hazards and to climate change. Access to a broad range of modules. Leads to careers in research and policy development on disaster risk management and development programming for adaptation.
The MA Disasters, Adaptation & Development aims to provide students with an in-depth and critical awareness of the politics and geographies of disaster risk reduction and its contribution to sustainable adaptation and disaster response. It is appropriate for practitioners wishing to formalise their knowledge as well as those wanting an entry qualification into research on disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change.
Specialist taught modules assessed by essay, presentation, lab work and occasionally by examination. The three-month dissertation is compulsory and can be taken overseas or in the UK.
You must take a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 190 credits as outlined below.
Note that not all options in the “list of prescribed optional modules” or under “other optional modules” are offered every year.
Part-time students: As part of your two-year schedule, plan to take the compulsory modules 7SSG5002 and 7SSG5149 in your first year, and the core module 7SSG5164 (Dissertation) in your second year.
Core module (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):
Compulsory modules (MA & MSc pathway: 40 credits):
Compulsory module (MSc pathway: 20 credits):
Optional modules (MA pathway: 80–90 credits; MSc pathway: 60–70 credits): Students must take 80–90 credits (MA pathway) or 60–70 credits (MSc pathway) of optional modules.
For both MA and MSc pathways, at least 20 credits must be from the “list of prescribed optional modules” given below, and the other credits may come from the “other optional modules” list.
List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to this Programme:
Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:
Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above. Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.
Research and policy development on disaster risk management and development programming for adaptation. Destination organisations include government agencies, international and national nongovernmental organisations and academic research institutes.
"The modules offered help me to tailor the course to meet my specific interests in the field, and the department’s lecturers and researchers are experts in the field."
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