Hazards, Risks, and Resilience

Collaborative Specialization



Participating Degrees

The Collaborative Specialization in Hazards, Risks, and Resilience is a multidisciplinary enrichment program designed for current graduate students (Masters and PhD) who wish to become specialists in the field of natural hazards and risks, and who wish to gain an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of disaster risk reduction problems and solutions. The students earn a degree in their home departments plus credit for participation in the collaborative specialization. Currently, the participating departments are Civil & Environmental Engineering, Earth Sciences, Geography and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. The collaborative specialization will enhance the education and research of graduate students interested in natural hazards, risks, and resilience and is designed with four goals in mind:

  1. Learn about the engineering, physical and quantitative science, and social science aspects of hazards, risks, and resilience as well as their interconnectivity;
  2. Conduct quantitative research in hazard, risks, and resilience;
  3. Learn from a diverse, multidisciplinary group of faculties working in these areas at Western; and
  4. Develop their own multidisciplinary network of colleagues by interacting with other students from several distinct subject areas participating in the collaborative specialization.

The details of the specialization can be found at https://www.uwo.ca/multihazard_risk_resilience/.

Program Length

  • 3 or 6 terms (1 or 2 years) for Master's students
  • 12 terms (4 years) for PhD students

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-Based

Funding Information

Students are first required to enter their home programs. The current participating departments are: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Earth Sciences, Geography, and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. The funding for their studies depends on their home departments.

Admission Requirements

The Collaborative Specialization in Hazards, Risks, and Resilience is not a direct entry program. Graduate students may apply following admission to and registration in a home program (department), where the student will have a lead research supervisor, complete a research thesis and earn a graduate degree in a specific discipline. See https://www.uwo.ca/multihazard_risk_resilience/.

English Language Proficiency

  • The requirements to the home programs need to be met.

Application Deadline

  • September 20, 2020