Geohazards and Risk Assessment (004GS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Earth surface processes and natural hazards pose significant challenges to society and infrastructure. The expansion of global population and urbanisation, coupled with the potential impacts of climate change on natural processes, are anticipated to result in more frequent natural disasters and an increase in their associated risks. An understanding of geohazards can be used to evaluate the opportunities for sustainable development and engineering through cost effective mitigation of natural hazards and risk. The module integrates academic and commercial training with real case work.

The structure and content of the module is based on real-world problems and will be taught by leading practitioners and academic experts in the discipline.


38%: Lecture
62%: Practical (Workshop)


75%: Coursework (Report)
25%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 29 hours of contact time and 271 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.