Geohazards: Climate, Disasters and Sustainable Development (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 approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 29 hours of contact time and about 271 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: