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Masters Programmes in Risk


Graduates from the Masters Programmes in Risk are enjoying huge success at entering the job market and have gone on to a range of employment and career development opportunities. These range from further study, to consultancy, to humanitarian focused disaster risk reduction roles and community resilience support officers. Former students are thus playing a key role in managing hazard and risk around the world for example with UNICEF, US Homeland Security, UK Government and the Risk Industry more widely. Jobs including working as:

  • International risk management e.g. UNICEF humanitarian support and UNICEF emergency hazard management, Afghan Ministry of Public Health
  • Emergency Management Analysts (e.g. in USA, and Nepal)
  • Regional Flood Officer with The National Flood Forum
  • Resilience planning officer with Edinburgh City Council
  • Catastrophe modellers (MITSUI, RMS)
  • Brokers and researchers in re-insurance (Catlin, Liberty Syndicates, Marsh, Aviva, Channel Syndicates, Waterman Group, AXIS)
  • Environmental consultants working in risk (JBA, Halcrow, Tiscali, Ambiental, URS, Aurecon, AECOM)
  • Fast Track Civil Service
  • Asset Management (e.g. with Thames Water and PwC)
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal
  • Senior Geologist with National Space Research and Development Agency (Nigeria)
  • PhD research (at Durham University, the University of Saskatchewan, University of Idaho, University of East Anglia, University of Aberystwyth)
  • Research positions e.g. University of Munich, Nepal, Hansard Scholar
  • Public Health Advisor, Afghanistan

Over 93% of students enter employment within three months of completing the course. Employment tends to be secured during the actual course, for example 24% of the existing 2013 - 2014 cohort had secured jobs by Easter.

Student Testimonial

"It's all go! It's fair to say that the MSc course has set me up for some great opportunities!"

Anna Coles, MSc in Risk and Environmental Hazard 2010 - 2011.

Student Testimonial

"Now that I have started work I really see the parallels that the Hydrological Hazards practicals were preparing us for the future work environment, or further study."

Charlotte Hawkins, MSc in Risk and Environmental Hazard 2010 - 2011.

Student Testimonial

"The seminars were really interesting and I learned about areas of research that I hadn't come across before. I think the concept of this module is great - i.e. discussing research at the forefront of risk studies."

Anon, 2013.