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Environmental Science with Hazards and Disasters (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Environmental Science with Hazards and Disasters (Hons) course at Kingston University will teach you to understand, monitor and evaluate the Earth's environmental systems, and predict, manage and respond to environmental challenges at global, regional and local scales.


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.

Careers and progression

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      4 years with a foundation or placement year
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Earth and Spatial Analysis
  • Introduction to Physical Geography and Environmental Hazards
  • Understanding the Environment
  • Research and Fieldwork Methods
  • Cartography, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
  • Geomorphology and geophysical hazards
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Design and Management of Environmental Projects

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        Academic Requirements

        • A-levels or equivalent: Must have Science, Mathematics, Geography or Psychology minimum grade C. General Studies not normally accepted.
        • More than 96 points are required where A2 subject combinations are less relevant.
        • Key Skills: points not accepted in tariff.
        • GCSE: Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades (A*–C or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Mathematics and English Language.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          14200 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 14200 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
        • EU/EEA

          9250 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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        Living costs for London

        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
          Living Costs

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