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University Master's degree in Planning and Management of Natural Risks

Objectives & career options

General objectives

Natural hazards presented a wide range that affects differently in the different geographical areas, while together, they show a clear upward threat to the population, infrastructure and economic activities. The increase in population and the concentration in the areas of greatest risk is determining an increase of exposure to the risk and the magnitudes of affectation of catastrophic events. Thus, there is a growing demand in the theme addressed by the proposal of master's degree here. The profile of the master specialization is intended to introduce students in the research of natural hazards, in its most varied aspects and, therefore, with perspectiva integradora.

Objectives:

  • To train researchers to analyse and diagnose regional processes and problems with special reference to natural hazards.
  • To train researchers to carry out fundamental or applied research in areas related to natural hazard planning and management.
  • To train researchers to conduct research and planning actions in relation to emergency management.
  • To ensure that students acquire the knowledge necessary to equip them for critical analysis of natural hazards.
  • To interpret the diverse and complex nature of regions and the inter-relationships between extreme natural phenomena and economic, social and cultural phenomena.
  • To develop specific skills related to the collection, analysis, management and mapping of extreme natural phenomena risk, vulnerability and exposure data.
  • To provide students with the resources that will enable them to communicate the results of their research in natural hazards to the academic community.

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Structure 

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

Type of subject

Credits

 Compulsory (OB)

42         

 Optional (OP)

3          

  Work Experience (OB)

3          

  Master’s Final Project (OB)

  12          

TOTAL CREDITS

60          

 

Distribution of subjects by module

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

THE SOCIOLOGY OF RISK

OB

1.5

GIS AND NATURAL HAZARDS

OB

3

THE GEOGRAPHY OF RISK

OB

1.5

SEISMIC MAPPING

OB

3

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY SOURCES FOR ANALYSING NATURAL HAZARDS

OB

1.5

OFFICIAL NATURAL HAZARD MAPS IN SPAIN

OB

2

GREAT NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE LEVANTE REGION IN SPAIN (19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES)

OB

1.5

NATURAL HAZARDS AND LAND USE PLANNING

OB

2

HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES FOR ASSESSING HAZARD ZONES

OB

3

LEGAL ASPECTS OF NATURAL HAZARD PLANNING

OB

1.5

TECHNIQUES FOR ANALYSIS OF HYDROLOGICAL HAZARDS IN MEDITERRANEAN ARROYOS

OB

2

NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION

OB

1.5

SEISMICITY AND SEISMIC RISK

OB

1.5

ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF NATURAL HAZARDS

OB

1.5

MASS WASTING AND EROSION

OB

1.5

DROUGHT, WATER USE AND SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

OP

1.5

ATMOSPHERIC AND CLIMATIC HAZARDS

OB

4.5

NATURAL HAZARD PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT IN EUROPE AND LATIN AMERICA

OP

1.5

PHYTOGEOGRAPHICAL HAZARDS: WILDFIRES AND PLAGUES

OB

3

WORK EXPERIENCE

OB

3

CLIMATE CHANGE: CAUSES AND FORECASTS

OB

4

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HAZARD IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

OB

2

MASTER’S FINAL PROJECT

OB

12

FIELD WORK IN HAZARD ZONE ANALYSIS

OP

1.5

NATURAL HAZARDS IN THE MEDIA AND ON THE INTERNET

OP

1.5

 

General course programme

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Distinctive Features

 

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Resources and Facilities

 

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Focus

Research.

Master’s degree specialisation profile

Natural hazards occur in many different forms and their effects on diverse geographical areas are varied. However, in general, natural hazards clearly display a growing threat to the population, infrastructure and economic activity. Population growth and increasing population concentration in areas at greatest risk have resulted in increased exposure to risk and a greater magnitude of damage caused by catastrophic events.  Accordingly, there exists an increasing demand for knowledge of the subjects covered in this Master’s Degree .

Specifically, the aim of this Master’s Degree is to take an integrated approach to introduce students to natural hazard research in all its varied aspects. Conceptual and methodological modules are offered, together with natural hazard analysis techniques, for a wide range of existing natural hazards. Similarly, students are given a deeper understanding of the basics of hazard mapping, planning and management within the context of global climate change, and particularly, of present-day global warming and its possible implications for the incidence of extreme natural events.

This learning is consolidated through the work experience and final project modules.

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