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Risk Analysis, Disasters and Resilience MSc

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This Risk Analysis, Disasters and Resilience MSc programme will give you an advanced foundation in interdisciplinary studies of environmental, societal and technological risk and disaster in the global North and South. It's unique in uniting critical social and development perspectives on the underlying causes of disasters with expertise on governing, managing and communicating risks across a wide range of societal and public and private sector contexts. Throughout this MSc you'll become equipped with the skills to critically analyse risk and disasters and develop reflexive problem-solving strategies, thanks to our unique combination of scholarship from development geography and political science to sociology and psychology. You'll gain an understanding of differential vulnerability and exposure to hazard and how they shape adaptation and resilience. You'll also build your knowledge of the political, organisational and societal contexts that shape decisions, actions and public communication on risk and disasters. This programme gives you the chance to connect scholarship with practice. As well as combining theoretical and case-based modules with an internship programme, you'll learn with insights from professionals in public, private and third-sector organisations. This programme is a fantastic launchpad for exciting careers in a rapidly developing field. Many graduates from our previously successful MSc programmes in Risk Analysis, and Disasters, Adaptation and Development, have secured diverse careers as risk, disaster and resilience management and policy specialists within a wide range of international and national government agencies and non-governmental organisations, consultancies and businesses.

Key benefits

  • Learn to evaluate the economic, structural, social, cultural, environmental, technological, political and institutional contexts in which risk, disaster and reconstruction occurs.
  • Study the methods and techniques for analysing risk, vulnerability and exposure.
  • Develop critical understanding of the causes of differential vulnerabilities that constrain adaptive capacity, action and outcomes.
  • Gain an up-to-date understanding of socio-psychological theories of risk perception and communication, organisational and sociological theories of risk and blame, and political science theories of variety in risk governance processes and outcomes.
  • Apply theoretical and technical concepts learned from case-studies across the global North and South.
  • Launchpad for exciting careers as disaster, risk and resilience management and policy specialists in national and international public, private and third-sector organisations.
  • Assessing the relative merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies.
  • Conceptualising problems and identifying possible methods for their solution.
  • Critically analysing qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Planning, designing and executing an individual piece of research, including the production of a dissertation.

The Risk Analysis, Disasters and Resilience MSc course offers an advanced foundation in interdisciplinary studies of this rapidly growing field, enabling students to develop a broad suite of intellectual and practical skills. In the first term, all students take two programme-specific modules. Fundamentals of Risk, Disasters and Resilience will give you a foundational knowledge of leading intellectual frameworks. This foundation will allow you to critically analyse the ways in which hazards, risks and disasters are constructed, assessed, perceived, governed and communicated as well as the factors shaping the adaptive capacities of societies to recover from loss. Critical Cases in Risk, Disasters and Resilience will give you the  opportunity to develop practical skills and ground the theoretical frameworks for understanding risk and disaster taught in the Fundamentals of… module through case-based analyses of disasters that have had global significance. You’ll elaborate on the ideas established in these two compulsory modules in the second term, when you have the option to specialise in disasters and adaptation, or risk analysis, or continue to combine modules from both disciplines. You can see a full list of compulsory and optional modules in the programme structure section. You’ll also get the chance to undertake an internship module, which gives you the opportunity to  link theory and practice. Your placement will be with one of a number of relevant, specialist organisations  in the public, private and third sectors both within the UK as well as worldwide. Past graduates have found that the internship module has given them a significant advantage when competing in the job market.  After completing two terms of taught modules, you’ll need to undertake independent fieldwork for a research-based Dissertation. 

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and typically 20 hours per module. We also expect you to undertake 130 hours of independent study for each module.

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module 16-30 hours 120-134 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
Dissertation module Usually 5 contact hours of one-to one or group consultation with supervisors. 595 hours of self-study and project work.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Practical Examinations
  • Lab Work
  • Oral Presentations
  • Dissertation

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Dissertation (60 Credits)
Critical Cases in Risk, Disasters, and Resilience (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Risk, Disasters and Resilience (15 credits)
Practicing Social Research (15 credits)
Research Design and Project Management (15 credits)

Optional modules

Please note that for international students, UK Government guidelines are currently more restrictive for those holding part-time visas than full-time visas. If you hold a student visa for a part-time programme, you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK. Therefore, the Internship (Environment & Society) module is only available to full-time overseas students but not part-time overseas students, as the UK government considers it unpaid work. The Internship module is also available to full- or part-time home students. In addition, you are required to take 60-70 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

Climate: Science and Society (15 credits)
Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the 'South' (15 credits)
Resilience, Adaptation and Development (15 Credits)
Risk Analysis: Science and Applications (15 Credits)
Risk Management and Governance (15 credits)
Risk Perception, Communication and Behaviour Change (15 credits)
Vulnerability, Development and Disasters (15 credits)

Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Department of Geography, including those listed above
  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered on the MSc Global Health.
  • Up to 20 credits of Level 7 (Masters) modules from any King’s Departments or Institutes outside of Geography, subject to approval.

Part-Time Students

  • Part-time students are advised to take 75-90 credits of taught modules in their first year, including Fundamentals of Risk, Disasters and Resilience and Critical Cases in Risk, Disasters and Resilience, thereby allowing enough time to focus on the dissertation in their second year. Students are normally advised to take Practising Social Research in their second year, but that can be taken in the first year, should students have strong reasons to do so and have the agreement of their Programme Director. Research Design and Project Management should be taken in the second year.

 

Part-Time International Students and paid or unpaid work

  • Please note that for international students, UK Government guidelines are currently more restrictive for those holding part-time visas than full-time visas. If you hold a student visa for a part-time programme, you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK. Therefore, the Internship (Environment and Society) module is only available to full-time overseas students but not part-time overseas students, as the UK government considers it unpaid work. The Internship module is also available to full- or part-time home students.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Risk, disaster and resilience are fast expanding fields that offer diverse and richly rewarding career opportunities. Many of our graduates from our previously successful MSc programmes in Risk Analysis, and Disasters, Adaptation and Development, have secured diverse careers as disaster, risk and resilience management and policy specialists within a wide range of international and national government agencies and non-governmental organisations, consultancies and businesses. Many graduates have also gone on to undertake further research within academic research institutes. The internship module has proved particularly successful in helping graduates enter the job market.

Career destinations have included:

• International organisations (e.g. The World Bank, The African Development Bank, European Commission, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre)

• National government departments and agencies (e.g. the UK Department for International Trade, UK Food Standards Agency, UK Environment Agency, Canadian Department of National Defence, Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Embassy of Mexico)

• Banking, consultancy and insurance (e.g. BNY Mellon, UBS, HSBC, Nomura, Deloitte, PWC, Aon, Swiss Re, Generali France)

• Numerous local, national and international NGOs and businesses

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Some modules include the option to undertake other short day-trip fieldwork. These fieldwork options will enhance the modules, but they are not assessed as part of the module. The additional costs for short day-trip fieldwork would typically not exceed £50 per year.
  • Costs may be incurred for dissertation work if fieldwork and/or laboratory materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

Funding

The Risk Analysis, Disasters and Resilience MSc course offers an advanced foundation in interdisciplinary studies of this rapidly growing field, enabling students to develop a broad suite of intellectual and practical skills. In the first term, all students take two programme-specific modules. Fundamentals of Risk, Disasters and Resilience will give you a foundational knowledge of leading intellectual frameworks. This foundation will allow you to critically analyse the ways in which hazards, risks and disasters are constructed, assessed, perceived, governed and communicated as well as the factors shaping the adaptive capacities of societies to recover from loss. Critical Cases in Risk, Disasters and Resilience will give you the  opportunity to develop practical skills and ground the theoretical frameworks for understanding risk and disaster taught in the Fundamentals of… module through case-based analyses of disasters that have had global significance. You’ll elaborate on the ideas established in these two compulsory modules in the second term, when you have the option to specialise in disasters and adaptation, or risk analysis, or continue to combine modules from both disciplines. You can see a full list of compulsory and optional modules in the programme structure section. You’ll also get the chance to undertake an internship module, which gives you the opportunity to  link theory and practice. Your placement will be with one of a number of relevant, specialist organisations  in the public, private and third sectors both within the UK as well as worldwide. Past graduates have found that the internship module has given them a significant advantage when competing in the job market.  After completing two terms of taught modules, you’ll need to undertake independent fieldwork for a research-based Dissertation. 

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and typically 20 hours per module. We also expect you to undertake 130 hours of independent study for each module.

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module 16-30 hours 120-134 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
Dissertation module Usually 5 contact hours of one-to one or group consultation with supervisors. 595 hours of self-study and project work.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Practical Examinations
  • Lab Work
  • Oral Presentations
  • Dissertation

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Dissertation (60 Credits)
Critical Cases in Risk, Disasters, and Resilience (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Risk, Disasters and Resilience (15 credits)
Practicing Social Research (15 credits)
Research Design and Project Management (15 credits)

Optional modules

Please note that for international students, UK Government guidelines are currently more restrictive for those holding part-time visas than full-time visas. If you hold a student visa for a part-time programme, you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK. Therefore, the Internship (Environment & Society) module is only available to full-time overseas students but not part-time overseas students, as the UK government considers it unpaid work. The Internship module is also available to full- or part-time home students. In addition, you are required to take 60-70 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

Climate: Science and Society (15 credits)
Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the 'South' (15 credits)
Resilience, Adaptation and Development (15 Credits)
Risk Analysis: Science and Applications (15 Credits)
Risk Management and Governance (15 credits)
Risk Perception, Communication and Behaviour Change (15 credits)
Vulnerability, Development and Disasters (15 credits)

Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Department of Geography, including those listed above
  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered on the MSc Global Health.
  • Up to 20 credits of Level 7 (Masters) modules from any King’s Departments or Institutes outside of Geography, subject to approval.

Part-Time Students

  • Part-time students are advised to take 75-90 credits of taught modules in their first year, including Fundamentals of Risk, Disasters and Resilience and Critical Cases in Risk, Disasters and Resilience, thereby allowing enough time to focus on the dissertation in their second year. Students are normally advised to take Practising Social Research in their second year, but that can be taken in the first year, should students have strong reasons to do so and have the agreement of their Programme Director. Research Design and Project Management should be taken in the second year.

 

Part-Time International Students and paid or unpaid work

  • Please note that for international students, UK Government guidelines are currently more restrictive for those holding part-time visas than full-time visas. If you hold a student visa for a part-time programme, you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK. Therefore, the Internship (Environment and Society) module is only available to full-time overseas students but not part-time overseas students, as the UK government considers it unpaid work. The Internship module is also available to full- or part-time home students.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Risk, disaster and resilience are fast expanding fields that offer diverse and richly rewarding career opportunities. Many of our graduates from our previously successful MSc programmes in Risk Analysis, and Disasters, Adaptation and Development, have secured diverse careers as disaster, risk and resilience management and policy specialists within a wide range of international and national government agencies and non-governmental organisations, consultancies and businesses. Many graduates have also gone on to undertake further research within academic research institutes. The internship module has proved particularly successful in helping graduates enter the job market.

Career destinations have included:

• International organisations (e.g. The World Bank, The African Development Bank, European Commission, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre)

• National government departments and agencies (e.g. the UK Department for International Trade, UK Food Standards Agency, UK Environment Agency, Canadian Department of National Defence, Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Embassy of Mexico)

• Banking, consultancy and insurance (e.g. BNY Mellon, UBS, HSBC, Nomura, Deloitte, PWC, Aon, Swiss Re, Generali France)

• Numerous local, national and international NGOs and businesses

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Some modules include the option to undertake other short day-trip fieldwork. These fieldwork options will enhance the modules, but they are not assessed as part of the module. The additional costs for short day-trip fieldwork would typically not exceed £50 per year.
  • Costs may be incurred for dissertation work if fieldwork and/or laboratory materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

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