MPhil/PhD On Campus

Risk and Disaster Reduction

University College London (UCL)

24 months
25730 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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This Risk and Disaster Reduction programme from University College London (UCL) is designed for PhD students who wish to improve humanity’s understanding of risk and to overcome the scientific, engineering, technical, social, health and political barriers to increasing resilience to disasters.


Reducing the impact of disasters globally presents a huge challenge that requires co-ordinated and collaborative action.

During this Risk and Disaster Reduction programme from University College London (UCL) students learn how to conduct original, cross-disciplinary and international scientific research with significant, positive societal impact within an intellectually and globally diverse student body. 

There is a focus on disciplinary research methods - in the laboratory, or in the field, depending on the nature of the research - and employing theoretical, statistical, modelling and desk-based techniques. Students' skills in research, teaching, public engagement, communications, consultancy, and knowledge exchange are emphasised.


An IRDR PhD provides excellent networks and training for careers in research, research communication, public policy, (re)insurance, catastrophe modelling, risk management, international development, humanitarian assistance, engineering and many other fields. 

We run an annual IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair for students and graduates to seek advice regarding employment, which is attended by a range of recruiters, from the financial sector to the public sector to disaster response NGOs.


IRDR PhD graduates have gained employment in a wide variety of positions in London and around the world both within and outside of academia. 

The institute’s extensive links and established credibility with the private sector, the non-profit sector, government, international organisations and academia provides graduates with a high-level network for winning positions, along with the skills and qualifications to apply for advertised posts and fellowships.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • Public perception of risk
  • Computational and statistical modelling
  • Digital public health in emergencies 
  • Transmission characteristics of infectious agents
  • Epidemiology of pandemics
  • Space health risks
  • Climate forcing of geological hazards
  • Planning and design codes
  • Innovative design and construction
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Resilience and recovery
  • Cascading disasters

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally, a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25730 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25730 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 24 months.


  • UK: £2,845
  • International: £12,850

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

  • Value:

Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)

  • Eligibility:


  • Criteria:

Based on academic merit

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

  • Value:

UK/EU rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)

  • Eligibility:


  • Criteria:

Based on both academic merit and financial need

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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