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Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management

The Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc combines specialist earthquake engineering knowledge with an understanding of the social, economic and political impact of earthquake events in order to produce engineers that can provide holistic des​ign solutions and that are able to work in both engineering and disaster management roles.


What will I learn?

Graduates will be able to determine the vulnerability of ordinary and special structures to seismic actions; apply both current seismic codes and novel unconventional methodologies of seismic design, repair and assessment; and assess the adequacy, economic viability and lifesaving effectiveness of pre-event risk mitigation and post-event risk management solutions.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?​​​

UCL has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, and is situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering is an exciting environment in which to explore this new, multi-disciplinary and constantly evolving science.

The programme has extensive links to industry through professional engineers and disaster managers who deliver lectures and seminars and support students on their research projects as industrial supervisors.

Students benefit from a field trip to the closest location of a recent major earthquake to study the effects of earthquakes on the built environment, structural strengthening techniques and disaster management.​ The field trip is voluntary and not assessed. Local travel is subsidised by the CEGE Department, but students are expected to cover their flights and subsistence costs. Total costs are estimated to be around £500 per student for the entire trip, which typically lasts 4 to 5 days.

What is the structure of the degree?

The programme consists of 180 credits in total, made up of 8 taught modules worth 15 credits each and a major research project worth 60 credits. Modules have been developed and are delivered in collaboration with experts from industry and non-governmental organizations. In addition, an optional fieldtrip is organized every year to an earthquake affected region. 

The programme is offered full time (1 year) and part time (2 years or 5 years). A postgraduate diploma (120 credits) is also offered if the research project is omitted. 



​Compulsory Modules​​ Optional Modules ​​





This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an appropriate accredited undergraduate first degree.

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Industrial Collaboration

We have extensive links to industry through professional engineers and disaster managers who help us to deliver lectures and seminars as part of the MSc and support our students on their research projects as industrial supervisors. Some of our partners include:

  • Willis Re. (Dr John Alarcon, Guest Lecturer, Seismic Risk Assessment)

  • Arup (Dr Damian Grant, Honorary Lecturer, Seismic Design of Structures)
  • Mott MacDonald (Dr Barnali Ghosh, Honorary Lecturer, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering)
  • Air Worldwide (Dr Shane Latchman, Guest Lecturer, Seismic Risk Assessment)
  • ​Atkins (Paul Johnston and Samuel Stevens, MSc Project Supervisors)  

In addition to the above, other industrial partners who have supervised MSc research projects include JLT Re., Risk Management Solutions and Buro Happold



The MSc in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management is run by EPICentre, The Earthquake and People Interaction Centre. EPICentre was founded in 2007 and is a dynamic multidisciplinary research group that investigates risk to society and infrastructure from earthquakes and other natural hazards. EPICentre is part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) but also comprises academics and researchers from the Departments of Psychology and Mechanical Engineering. See www.epicentreonline for further details on its research projects. 


What are my career prospect after this degree?​

The programme is suitable for students from a civil engineering background. It aims to impart specialist earthquake engineering skills and an understanding of disaster risk reduction. 

The programme aims to create a new type of global earthquake engineer; one that is able to take a holistic approach to earthquake engineering and disaster management. Graduates of the programme will have developed the specialist skills necessary for a career in the engineering sector and other areas that require knowledge and understanding of earthquake engineering and disaster risk management/mitigation principles (e.g. the insurance industry or NGOs). The MSc is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as a technically focused MSc programme and by the Institute of Civil Engineers as a further learning programme that can counts towards Chartership.


​What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered in addition to academic qualifications.

Overseas applicants will need a recognised English language qualification. Further information relating to your country and UCL can be found here. To find out if your degree is recognised by UCL please contact the Admissions Office.


How to apply?

Applications are accepted throughout the year but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. It takes approximately 4 weeks from submission of an application to receiving an offer letter. If you are an overseas student requiring a visa we recommend applying no later than 15th June to enable you time to obtain the CAS number required for your visa.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd August 2015. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Details on how to apply and further information can be found here:


Where can I get further information?

Please contact programme director Dr Carmine Galasso.  

It may also help you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here you can find more information on the application process, including visa issues for international students, as well as more general information applicable to all our Masters courses.

If you have any queries you can contact the course administrator on (+44)(0)20 7679 4046 or email

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