Skip to main content

Careers and Employability

Students and others at a panel session

Graduates from our taught masters are enjoying huge success at entering the job market and have progressed on to a range of employment and career development opportunities. These range from consultancy, humanitarian focused disaster risk reduction roles and community resilience support officers. Former students are thus playing a key role in managing hazard and risk around the world, working for example with UNICEF.

I found that the background in the masters gave a strong foundation in technical knowledge: being able to meet experts on their turf. Flood modelling, climate change resilience. I can understand it and translate it into something the lay person can understand. Those skills have been really important.

Alice Cooper
Stakeholder Engagement with AECOM, MSc 2021
There are opportunities in the humanitarian space for all. Everything in the humanitarian space is driven by evidence. It all rests on understanding risk and vulnerability: this is where you can flourish as a risk masters student.

Alex Nwoko
Country Technical Advisor, iMMAP, MSc 2016
The risk masters you’re doing now will come back into your work in ways you won’t expect. For example, how technology brings its own risks.

Lucy Charlesworth
Operational Resilience with IBM, MSc 2022

Alumni have found jobs as:

  • International risk management (e.g. UNICEF humanitarian support and UNICEF emergency hazard management, Afghan Ministry of Public Health, Rocinantes NGOs
  • Public Health (e.g. Advisor, Afghanistan)
  • Fast Track Civil Service
  • Asset Management (e.g. with Thames Water and PwC)
  • Research (e.g. Research Assistant at the Cambridge University, Centre for Risk Studies)
  • Teaching (e.g. University of Hong Kong, Schools in UK)
  • Trainee Solicitors
  • Emergency Management Analysts (e.g. in USA, and Nepal)
  • Regional Flood Officer with The National Flood Forum
  • Senior Geologist with National Space Research and Development Agency (Nigeria)
  • Catastrophe modellers (Amlin, RMS)
  • Resilience planning officer (e.g. with Edinburgh and Newcastle City Councils)
  • Brokers and researchers in re-insurance (Catlin, Liberty Syndicates, Marsh, Aviva, Channel Syndicates, Waterman Group, AXIS)
  • Environmental consultants working in risk (e.g. JBA, Halcrow, Tiscali, Ambiental, URS, Aurecon, AECOM)
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal
  • PhD Research