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.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn from experts with extensive industrial and consultancy experience and strong research portfolios in natural hazards.
- 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.
- Learn 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.
What you'll study on this MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree course
Core modules include:
- Geological and Environmental Hazards
- Geomechanics of Natural Hazards
- Hazard Modelling and Risk Assessment
- Research Skills and Project
- Volcanology & Seismology
Teaching on this course includes:
- practical sessions
- field work
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- poster and oral presentations
- projects reports
- literature reviews
- lab reports
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on practical and formal assessments, so you can improve in the future.
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.