MSc Disaster Management for Environmental Hazards

The MSc Disaster Management for Environmental Hazards is a unique programme which will develop your knowledge, skills and experience, and equip you for a wide range of careers related to disaster risk management for environmental hazards.

The Disaster Management for Environmental Hazards course provides a balanced study of environmental hazards 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 includes a two-week summer school, an overseas residential field course and provides the opportunity for additional extended field or work placements.

What you will study

The Disaster Management course will develop knowledge, technical skills, interpersonal and management skills, and experience. You will study a range of hazards using examples from the UK and other countries. This will provide you with the experience to assess risks and vulnerabilities from desk-based research, laboratory and field situations, consider hazard management and disaster risk reduction strategies, develop emergency plans, and critically review the concept of resilience along with techniques for its development.

You will consider the dynamic and multi-faceted nature of disasters and...

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The School of Applied Sciences is based in a Grade II listed building with great facilities, providing a learning environment that is second to none, with new GIS laboratories and other IT teaching and research facilities, including earth science teaching laboratories and smaller analytical and research laboratories for student project use. In addition to these excellent teaching and learning resources, the new facilities include welcoming social learning spaces and spacious seminar rooms, providing...

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Tutors on this programme are drawn from a range of Universities, and also include experienced practitioners from Government Organisations (GOs) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

Dr Anthony Harris, award leader

Field trips

The fieldwork provides unforgettable educational and social experiences in a variety of different locations. The annual Disaster Summer School either takes place in Finland or in the UK. The residential field course takes place in either Italy (eastern Sicily, the volcanic island of Stromboli and the Naples region) or Greece (Athens, Santorini and Crete). These field courses will carry additional costs. Other opportunities for field work will also take place during the course, within the region...

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This course is taught at: Glyntaff Campus, Pontypridd

Tuition Fees

Home & EU Students

For full-time and part-time postgraduate fees please see our Home & EU Student Fee pages

International Students

For full-time postgraduate fees please see our International Student Fee pages


  • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Aug 2016
    • Part Time 2 - 3 Years Start Date: Aug 2016
      • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Aug 2017
        • Part Time 2 - 3 Years Start Date: Aug 2017