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King's College London

London , England ,United Kingdom

Risk Analysis, Disasters and Resilience MSc

This Risk Analysis, Disasters and Resilience MSc program will give you an advanced foundation in interdisciplinary studies of environmental, societal, and technological risk and disaster in the global North and South. It’s unique in uniting critical social and development perspectives on the underlying causes of disasters with expertise on governing, managing, and communicating risks across a wide range of societal and public, and private sector contexts.

Throughout this MSc, you’ll become equipped with the skills to critically analyze risk and disasters and develop reflexive problem-solving strategies, thanks to our unique combination of scholarship from development geography and political science to sociology and psychology. You’ll gain an understanding of differential vulnerability and exposure to hazards and how they shape adaptation and resilience. You’ll also build your knowledge of the political, organizational, and societal contexts that shape decisions, actions, and public communication on risk and disasters.

This course gives you the chance to connect scholarship with practice. As well as combining theoretical and case-based modules with an internship program, you’ll learn with insights from professionals in public, private, and third-sector organizations. 

This course is a fantastic launchpad for exciting careers in a rapidly developing field. Many graduates from our previously successful MSc programmes in Risk Analysis, and Disasters, Adaptation and Development, have secured diverse careers as risk, disaster and resilience management and policy specialists within a wide range of international and national government agencies and non-governmental organizations, consultancies and businesses. 


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Risk, disaster and resilience are fast expanding fields that offer diverse and richly rewarding career opportunities. Many of our graduates from our previously successful MSc programmes in Risk Analysis, and Disasters, Adaptation and Development, have secured diverse careers as disaster, risk and resilience management and policy specialists within a wide range of international and national government agencies and non-governmental organisations, consultancies and businesses. Many graduates have also gone on to undertake further research within academic research institutes. The internship module has proved particularly successful in helping graduates enter the job market.

Career destinations have included:

• International organisations (e.g. The World Bank, The African Development Bank, European Commission, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre)

• National government departments and agencies (e.g. the UK Department for International Trade, UK Food Standards Agency, UK Environment Agency, Canadian Department of National Defence, Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Embassy of Mexico)

• Banking, consultancy and insurance (e.g. BNY Mellon, UBS, HSBC, Nomura, Deloitte, PWC, Aon, Swiss Re, Generali France)

• Numerous local, national and international NGOs and businesses

PSW Opportunity

Some international students would like to work in the UK  after they have finished their studies. The information provided here is aimed at Tier 4 visa holders studying full time. The Immigration Rules do change regularly, so please refer to UKCISA and/or contact the Visa & International Student Advice team directly for the most up-to-date information, or if you have further questions.

Generally, if you are in the UK studying on a full time course lasting for more than 12 months, after you have finished your studies (after the official end date of your course that was listed on your CAS), your Tier 4 visa should allow you to work full-time for up to four months. The only exception to this is if you are a PhD student – you can only begin to work full-time once your PhD has been awarded. Due to the elastic nature of studying a PhD, the award date of your PhD may well end up being different to the course end date that was stated on your original CAS. For more information about PhD award dates, please refer to the Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) section.

During this end period of your Tier 4 visa, you are still tied to the conditions of your student leave, which means that you are not allowed to be self-employed, take up a permanent job or work as a professional sportsperson or entertainer. UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has confirmed that, provided you submit a valid visa application before your leave expires, you are allowed to continue working until your application is decided, but again, you will still be tied to your Tier 4 student visa conditions.

The Start-up visa, Tier 2 General, Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme and Tier 5 visas are the major routes international students can consider for work after studies. The extra time (mostly 4 months) granted to your Tier 4 visa after your study programme should give you time to obtain your results and prepare a new visa application under one of the categories mentioned above. 

If you are here on a Tier 4 part time study visa, then you will not be able to switch visa categories in the UK. If you are interested in applying for another visa, you will need to make your application from outside of the UK.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

We welcome applications to our Masters courses from students who have taken a three year Bachelor (Honours) or Bachelor (Special) degree from a recognised university. You will need to have achieved good grades, usually in a subject related to what you would like to study. Exact grade requirements for each course will vary. However, as an approximate guideline our requirements are in the region of:

King's International Pre-Master's programme- Pass with B+ minimum

IELTS (Academic)- 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)- 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each communicative skill

TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394 OR TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition- 92 overall with a minimum of 23 in writing and 20 in each of the other skills

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 23460 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 12006 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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