What will I learn?

This course will open for applications for 2021/22 entry in Autumn 2020.

This course provides an advanced understanding of environmental hazards and technical expertise in risk assessment with a focus on the methods needed to analyse past hazards and forecast future ones.

Our society is facing unprecedented environmental hazards driven by climate change and the rapid expansion of the world population. Global and local disasters cause many fatalities and cost billions of pounds every year. Earth scientists with expertise in the specialist hazard field are able to mitigate the impact of natural hazards, such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and coastal erosion, and environmental hazards created by people, such as air and water pollution.

On this course you will develop an advanced understanding of environmental hazards and technical expertise in risk assessment. This will include crucial skills in numerical and statistical modelling, remote sensing, fieldwork, and data analysis. There will be plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art field and laboratory equipment and high level, professional software. You will handle the latest modelling methods using remote sensing data from satellites such as CubeSat constellations and Sentinel, which are used to image the surface of the Earth.

With the skills required to predict, track and mitigate disasters, you will be an attractive candidate for a range of employment and research opportunities within government, government agencies, environmental consultancies, flood risk, utility and insurance companies. Plus, you will become part of the global effort to make our society more resilient against natural disasters as outlined in the Sendai framework and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly.

Distinctive features:

  • Study a modern, interdisciplinary course with a focus on methods for analysing past hazards and forecasting future ones.
  • Our location in South Wales provides a rich, field environment to explore within the context of UK environmental hazards.
  • Focus your studies in the areas that are interesting and important to you through an advanced research project driven by your own interests.
  • Experience research-led teaching from leading practitioners who will share their diverse expertise in the modern, interdisciplinary science of hazard assessment and risk management.

Which department am I in?

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
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Start date

September 2021

Venue

Cardiff University

PO Box 921,

Cardiff,

CF10 3XQ, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students will be required to have a bachelor's degree with good grades from recognised Universities and Colleges in the United States to be considered. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admissions tutors will pay special attention to key subject classes.

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About this uni

Cardiff University is recognised by international employers from the globe-over, making its graduates highly sought after.

  • Ranked in the world’s top 100
  • Based in one of the safest capital cities in Europe
  • High quality teaching with highly qualified teaching staff
  • Recently invested GBP600m in its facilities