Programme Outline

The PhD Programme in Weather-Related Risk involves the attainment of 90 ECTS credit points and the completion of a Doctoral thesis. Within the 90 ECTS credit points, students must complete a minimum of one and a maximum of two individual studies, the remaining of the credit points must be earned through courses offered in series (i.e. only one course is followed at a time).

Individual studies are scholarly works similar to master dissertations carried out under the supervision of at least one UME School faculty member. For a successfully completed individual study 18 ECTS credit points are awarded. The thesis of previously completed master programmes may be recognised by the School Board as individual study.

The PhD degree is awarded after a minimum period of 36 months and a transition from a master programme is possible. This effectively means that students who are first accepted into a MSc programme and then later become PhD students (by following the standard PhD application and admission procedure) may have their credits obtained within the scope of their MSc programme recognised as valid towards a partial fulfilment of the PhD requirements. The transfer of credit is possible provided the fields of MSc and PhD study are consistent, and the higher performance standard required for PhD students is met.

The faculty of the WRR Programme comprises renowned lecturers from all over the world; the consecutive, short-term structure of the courses clearly encourages faculty from other institutions to participate in the School system. Each course involves lectures, tutorials, coursework, and an exam, with the latter accounting at least 50% of the final grade.

A list of courses that will be offered during the academic year 2013/2014 towards obtaining the needed credits is listed below.

Fall Term

Dates: 09 Sep – 20 Sep 2013
Course: Earth Sciences and Natural Disasters
Lecturer(s): Kenneth Verosub
ECTS Credits: 3

Dates: 23 Sep – 25 Oct 2013
Course: Probability and Statistics
Lecturer(s): Silvia Figini
ECTS Credits: 6

Dates: 28 Oct – 08 Nov 2013
Course: Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response
Lecturer(s): Piero Calvi Parisetti
ECTS Credits: 3

Dates: 11 Nov – 15 Nov 2013
Course: Law and Economics
Lecturer(s): Giuliano Castellano
ECTS Credits: 2

Dates: 18 Nov – 29 Nov 2013
Course: Risk and Emergency Management Legislation
Lecturer(s): Alberto Monti
ECTS Credits: 3

Dates: 02 Dec – 20 Dec 2013
Course: Remote Sensing, Crowdsourcing and Telecommunications for Risk Management and Loss Estimation
Lecturer(s): Fabio Dell’Acqua / Ronald Eguchi / Paolo Gamba
ECTS Credits: 5

Spring Term

Dates: 27 Jan – 07 Feb 2014
Course: GIS for Disaster Risk Management
Lecturer(s):  Andrea Taramelli
ECTS Credits: 3

Dates: 10 Feb – 14 Feb 2014
Course: Social Vulnerability and Disaster Resilience
Lecturer(s):  Christopher Burton
ECTS Credits: 2

Dates: 03 Mar – 28 Mar 2014
Course:  Risk Assessment and Reliability
Lecturer(s): Paolo Bazzurro
ECTS Credits: 6

Dates: 31 Mar – 11 Apr 2014
Course: Management Leadership Tools
Lecturer(s): Michael Oborne
ECTS Credits: 3

Summer Term

Dates: 05 May – 09 May 2014
Course: Post Disaster Needs Assessment
Lecturer(s): Katalin Demeter
ECTS Credits: 2

Dates: 19 May – 23 May 2014
Course: Stochastic Modelling of Weather Risk
Lecturer(s): David StephensonBenjamin Youngman
ECTS Credits: 2

Dates: 26 May – 13 Jun 2014
Course: Modelling and Forecasting of Hydrometeorological Risk
Lecturer(s): Antonio Parodi, Roberto Rudari, Giorgio Boni
ECTS Credits: 6

Dates: 16 Jun – 27 Jun 2014
Course: Epidemiology and Public Health in Disasters
Lecturer(s): Pedro Arcos GonzálezElena Ferrero
ECTS Credits: 3

Dates: 07 Jul – 11 Jul 2014
Course: Media Management and Communication
Lecturer(s): Barbara Reynolds
ECTS Credits: 2

The academic programme is still under work and it is expected that further courses will be added later on.