Risk permeates our day-to-day lives in ways that are now recognised to be much more complex than acknowledged by the hazard-vulnerability paradigm, which dominated risk research until the 1990s. A deeper understanding of the nature of risk, its emergence, and its interface and position within societies, has emphasised the need to take a much more complex view in which a general understanding of the ways in which risk is generated, experienced and managed needs to be combined with a specific understanding of particular science or policy areas.
The Masters Programmes in Risk has two modalities. The MSc, drawing primarily on scientific understandings of risk, is aimed at students interested in engaging with the natural and social dimensions of environmental hazards. The MA is aimed at developing an understanding of risk through a multiplicity of epistemologies that cut across both science and social science perspectives. Here risk can be understood as an objective phenomenon (opening possibilities for in-depth engagements with the social dimensions of environmental hazards) or a social and political construct (opening possibilities for in-depth engagements with issues of geo-politics, security and terrorism, amongst others). Both MSc and MA students will be expected to demonstrate that they can combine their general training in risk with their specific understanding of the substance and method associated with their chosen area, through either a research-based or a vocational dissertation.
The Risk Masters can be studied on a full-time basis (12 months) or on a part-time basis over two-years (24 months). The full-time and part-time courses both commence in October.