The Disasters, Adaptation & Development MSc aims to equip students with an in-depth and critical awareness of the political, geographical and technological aspects of disaster risk reduction and their contribution to sustainable adaptation and disaster responses. Taking a social development perspective, the course covers issues such as human vulnerability and responses to natural and technological hazards. This course embeds training in disaster risk reduction with technical specialities in geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing, organisational risk management, or poverty alleviation and international development.
The study course is made up of optional and required modules. You must take the minimum of 180 credits to complete the course. In addition to a required dissertation, you will choose from a wide range of related modules.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will be delivered over two years. You will take a combination of required and optional modules over this period of time, with the dissertation in your second year.
This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand and Waterloo Campuses. Our superb location in the heart of London allows you access to important social, cultural, and textual resources, such as our own Maughan Library and the British Library.
We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 20 hours of this per module. We also expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study for each module.
|Module || Lectures, seminars and feedback|| Self-study|
| Per 20-credit taught module
|| Typically 20 hours.
|| 180 hours (some modules in the Geography Department may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
| Dissertation module
|| Usually 6 dissertation workshops/ tutorials plus 5 contact hours of one-to-one or group consulation with supervisors.
|| 589 hours of self-study and project work.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
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.
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