Geological Natural Hazards

20 Credits

The overall aim of the module is to give students a clear understanding of the processes that lead to and govern geological natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, ground stability and landslide hazards, floods, bolide impacts). This includes the underlying physical principles behind each process, their geological and geomorphological context, and factors that determine their magnitude and impacts. The module also aims to provide students with an understanding of risk and vulnerability in relation to geological hazards, and to explore how we can monitor and mitigate their impacts.

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Understand the nature, principal causes and the effects of a range of geological hazards.
  • Understand how geological and human factors determine hazards and risks associated with natural geological processes.
  • Understand monitoring and communication approaches for mitigating the impacts of a range of geological natural hazards, and how these vary between hazard types.
  • Evaluate mitigation strategies for geological natural hazards based on an understanding of potential impacts and vulnerability.


  • Coursework based on practical module content
  • End-of-module exam