MSc Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management

This degree is accredited, as a Technical MSc, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng  accredited undergraduate first degree. See for further information.

The accreditation bodies for this MSc are the following: Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers.




What is the structure of this degree?
The programme consists of 180 credits in total, made up of eight 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 organisations. 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.

Terms one and two consist of six compulsory modules and two optional modules in total. The summer term includes an Earthquake Engineering Field Trip and the Final Project and Dissertation.

Download the full 2017 -2018 timetable (PDF).

Engineering Seismology & Earthquake GeotechnicsStructural DynamicsIntroduction to Seismic Seismic Design of StructuresSeismic Risk AssessmentDisaster Risk ManagementDisaster Risk ManagementAdvanced Structural AnalysisEarthquake Seismology and Earthquake HazardsFinite Element Modelling and Numerical MethodsIntegrated Science into Risk & Disaster ReductionNatural and Environmental DisastersProject Management
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.
This degree is accredited by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an appropriate accredited undergraduate first degree.
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 UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) but also comprises academics and researchers from the Departments of Psychology and Mechanical Engineering.

What are my career prospects after this degree? Download e-Brochure

​Students graduate with strong technical engineering skills and rarely taught knowledge of risk evaluation. They are also able to understand the wider implications of disasters and are exposed to both industry and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Graduates have gone on to successful careers in the civil engineering industry, in international NGOs, in the financial sector, and in academia.

Recent graduate career destinations include:

  • Structural Engineer, Clark Smith Partnership
  • Assistant Design Manager, Costain-Skanska Joint Venture
  • Civil/Structural Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  • Head of Certification Division, Bhutan Standards Bureau
  • Senior Advisor, Housing Foundation of Iran
For more information on fees, funding, applications and entry, visit the UCL prospectus page.

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact our admissions team on (+44) (0)20 3108 4046 or email or Programme Director Dr Carmine Galasso.