PhD in Understanding and Managing Extremes is a 48-months full-time joint Programme with the Università degli Studi di Pavia and with the EUCENTRE Foundation.
The UME PhD aims to train graduates and professionals with strong scientific and professionals capabilities, aware of the cultural, technical and management contents related to the understanding and management of the extreme situations caused by natural disasters. The key areas of study of the curriculum "Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology" include topics related to seismology, geophysics, geology, geotechnical behavior of materials and structures, structural analysis, design of new structures and assessment existing structures. The broad and interdisciplinary "Hydrological, Weather, Geological, Chemical and Environmental Risks" includes topics related to hydrology, meteorology, climatology, climate change, soil and atmospheric physics, fluid mechanics, environmental monitoring, chemical risks.
The PhD Programme has been designed to deal with three main areas:
- disaster risk assessment, focusing both on natural hazards (such as earthquake, flood, drought, landslides, wind storms) and on technological hazards (such as chemical accidents)
- emergencies management, focusing on aspects related with law, economics, resource management, finance, insurance and sociology
- risk mitigation, focusing on infrastructures, policies and strategies for the disaster risk reduction.
Key characteristics of the Programme:
- Exclusive international exposure, broad and interdisciplinary curricula;
- Unique opportunity to work with highly motivated and skilled students coming from all over the world, guided by the most important and highly qualified academics and professionals in the field.
The UME PhD Programme features two curricula:
- Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (ROSE)
- Hydrological, Weather, Geological, Chemical and Environmental Risks (NatRisk)
The UME PhD graduates will be easily employed in universities, national and international research and academic institutions, insurance or reinsurance companies, brokers, international institutions (e.g. UN-ISDR), national civil defence agencies, private companies working in the field of structural design, catastrophe modelling and disaster risk management.