Overview: Taught Postgraduate Programmes in Risk, Hazards, Climate and Politics
Our postgraduate courses share and interdisciplinary foundation in risk and vulnerability. Our different degree programmes deepen students’ understanding of the risks emerging from anthropogenic climate change, hazards and political responses to disruption. Each program provides with the skills, data analysis techniques and expertise to tackle big problems.
Environmental Hazards & Risk
This pathway provides specialised scientific training in environmental hazards that pose large risks to communities living throughout the world — such as earthquakes, flooding events, landslides and many others. Students will receive theoretical and practical training for understanding, quantifying and/or critically evaluating environmental hazards and the relationship of these with issues of vulnerability and resilience. You will learn about how environmental hazards and risks persist over long periods of time instead of merely as single events, and are made up of both natural processes as well as socio-economic dynamics. The pathway is available for both MA and MSc students. Its main modules are ‘Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Hazards’ and ‘Hydro-meteorological Hazards’.
The MA and MSc in Climate, Risk & Society provide students with an advanced understanding of anthropogenic climate change as an issue that poses new risks to society, challenges and vulnerabilities. These programmes give students tools for apprehending, interpreting and responding to the emerging natural and socio-political threats associated to climate change.
The Climate Risk and Society pathway provokes students to think critically about how evolving understandings of risk, resilience and vulnerability shape efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The pathway is available to both MA and MSc students, and its main module is ‘Climate Risk and Society’.
This pathway is aimed at students interested in security-related risk, offering advanced skills in the critical analysis of issues such as risk and migration, risk within geo-politics, security and terrorism. The pathway critically unpacks ideas of risk and resilience, pointing to their political implications. It evaluates the ways by which uncertainty plays a key role in the contemporary making of society, and uncovers risk not simply as a matter of management and governance but also as a political technique through which populations are governed. The pathway is available to MA students. Its main module is ‘Social Dimensions of Risk and Resilience’, alongside a range of modules in the fields of international relations and social policy.