MSc (Full Time)
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Director of Studies:Dr H Tuffen
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The student must take the following modules:
The student must take 3 modules from the following group:
The student may complete their enrolement by selecting from the following list:
Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
Subject Specific – Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
Key knowledge, understanding and skills that you will gain include:
Detailed knowledge of the nature of volcanic activity and volcanic hazards. Understanding of the physical processes that control volcanic activity. Insights into how field, experimental and modelling approaches contribute to volcanology research. The ability to recognise a broad spectrum of volcanic activity, relate this activity to fundamental physical processes, and think critically about objectives and outcomes of volcanology research.
Knowledge of the nature and impacts of a wide range of other geological hazards, including earthquakes and landslides, and understanding of their controlling physical processes. Familiarity with important case studies of geological hazards, both nationally and internationally.
Knowledge of the precursors to hazardous geological events, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides, and the techniques used to forecast such events. Understanding of the origin of event precursors and how these are monitored using geophysical methods.
Knowledge of the principles of disaster management, and understanding of response, preparedness and communication issues. Understanding of the economic, social and environmental issues that must be addressed when designing and implementing effective hazard management measures.
General – Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
Broad understanding of how geological hazard management intertwines understanding of both physical processes and social contexts, and the techniques used to improve this understanding. Gain experience in effective use of case studies, statistical materials and primary research literature in formulating arguments and exploring the limits of current knowledge.
The ability to apply knowledge from various disciplinary backgrounds to the construction of clear and coherent arguments. Gain experience and expertise in communication of these arguments via text, oral presentations and debates.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
On successful completion of this scheme of study students should be able to
- Describe and explain the concepts and foundations of volcanic and other geological hazards
- Apply and report on the methods of prediction and mitigation strategies of geological hazards
- Gain a deep understanding of the effusive, explosive and intrusive processes that take place during volcanic eruptions
- Use observations and knowledge of field relationships to reconstruct processes that occur during volcanic eruptions
- Explain the problems of dealing with volcanic hazards on heavily populated active volcanoes
- Demonstrate and elaborate an understanding of geological processes responsible for the occurrence, recurrence and magnitude of hazards
- Apply simple prediction scenarios of geological hazard occurrence, using geological data sets
- Describe the principal causes of environmental hazard, in the UK, Europe and elsewhere
- Understand how hazard affects areas economically, socially, culturally and environmentally
- Appreciate the difficulties and effects of planning for hazard at different scales
Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modulesback to top
LEC.501 Dissertation Project
ENV.441 Geological Hazards
GEOG422 Disaster Management
LEC.424 Physical Volcanology
Select THREE optional modules. Your number of credits across core and optional modules must total 180. You should aim to balance your taught modules across each term OR take more in the earlier terms.
BIOL421 Data Analysis and Interpretation
ENV.404 Flood Forecasting and Flood Risk Management
ENV.405 Groundwater Resources and Protection
ENV.408 Modelling Environmental Processes
ENV.412 Environmental Radioactivity
ENV.457 Air Quality and Climate
GEOG414 Environmental Management
LEC.422 Data Assimilation and Integration
LEC.426 Environmental Applications of Isotope Geochemistry
LEC.429 Climate Change and Society
LEC.440 Numerical Skills (unassessed study module to be taken as required)
The most popular modules are Volcanic Process Field Course (a week in Sicily on the active volcano Etna), Environmental Management, Geoinformatics, Flood Forecasting and Flood Risk Management, and Data Assimilation and Integration. The latter four provide especially useful knowledge and transferable skills relevant to both geological hazards and other environmental disciplines.