Disasters, Adaptation and Development

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Disasters, Adaptation & Development MA, MSc course takes a social development perspective, exploring topics such as human vulnerability, response to natural and technological hazards and to hazards associated with climate change. You will examine disaster risk reduction and choose from a wide range of modules, enabling you to build a study pathway that can include technical specialities in GIS and remote sensing, organisational risk management, or poverty alleviation and international development.

Key benefits:

  • You will be studying innovative modules in a range of disciplines taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their fields.
  • You will have access to research and practitioners in international development and disaster risk reduction.
  • Dissertation research opportunities with international organisations.

Who should take this course

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc - modules totalling at least 180 credits
  • MA - modules totalling at least 180 credits

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Disasters & Development (20 credits)
  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • Dissertation in Disasters, Adaptation & Development (60 credits)

Additional required modules for the MSc pathway:

  • Advanced Quantitative & Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take enough credits to bring your total for the course to a minimum of 180 from a wide range of optional modules that may include:

  • Environmental Internship (20 credits)
  • Water Resources & Water Policy (20 credits)
  • Environment, Livelihoods & Development in the 'South' (20 credits)
  • Environmental GIS (20 credits)
  • Risk Communication (20 credits)
  • Critical Geographies of Terrorism (20 credits)
  • Community, Vulnerability & Disaster Risk (20 credits) (Pre-requisite: Disasters & Development, either through taking the module fully or through auditing)
  • Water, Security & the Environment (20 credits)
  • Climate Change & Culture (20 credits)
  • Climate: Science & History (20 credits)
  • A Practical & Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (20 credits) by arrangement with the Department of International Development
  • Human Mobility (20 credits)
  • Any Level 7 (Master's) modules offered in the Department of Geography
  • Up to 20 credits in Level 7 (Master's) modules offered across the university, subject to approvals


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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