The Environmental Science with Hazards and Disasters (Hons) course at Kingston University is ideal if you want to focus your study on the causes of environmental hazards (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis) and how to plan and manage the related emergencies.
Year 1 provides a broad understanding of earth sciences, the environment and natural hazards. You'll study the building blocks of the environmental science including geology and hydrological, atmospheric and ecological systems. You'll also study modules in Geographical Information Science (GIS) and explore a variety of research and fieldwork methods.
Year 2 develops the theory and practice of disaster risk reduction. You'll enhance your knowledge of GIS, geomorphology, atmospheric science and tectonic hazards. An overseas trip will provide the opportunity to develop your fieldwork skills.
The optional sandwich year between Years 2 and 3 includes a work placement or international exchange. The work placement gives an opportunity for paid work and valuable experience in a related environmental hazards and disaster management field. We will keep in touch with you throughout your placement, ensuring the skills and training you receive translate effectively into your studies and career aspirations.
An important element of Year 3 will be your independent research project. This involves collecting your own data, interpreting and reporting on a topic chosen by you (in consultation with staff). You can also choose to apply your knowledge and skills in an overseas setting - currently in South Africa investigating themes such as water resources, forest fires and landslides.
The course was developed due to demand for academically trained professionals in the fields of emergency planning and hazard disaster management. Graduates should find career paths in a range of traditional areas (eg the police, fire service, civil defence, emergency planning and the military). They will also be equipped to find relevant employment in a variety of other organisations, or in physical hazard science.
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
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