Study description: Environmental Hazard Engineering offers a modern programme based on technical achievements in the Earth sciences. The studies have a very practical dimension – more than half of them consist of practical classes, laboratory classes and field training. Students acquire skills in operating and designing geo-hazard protection systems, gain knowledge of hazards in the natural sciences, and get acquainted with extreme meteorological, geomorphological, hydrological and seismic phenomena. The strengths include the fact that some classes are taught by practitioners, and candidates are recruited in the Polish and English languages. The studies involve training for graduates at companies and exchange opportunities under international programmes (e.g. CEEPUS, ERASMUS+). There are six specialisations for students to choose from: spatial planning in hazard-prone areas, use of GISs for geo-hazard analysis and crisis management, geochemical geo-hazard assessment and reconstruction methods, monitoring systems, geo-hazard modelling and forecasting, technical methods for controlling geo-hazards and the impact of geo-hazards on the biosphere, society, and the economy.
Career prospects: Environmental Hazard Engineering graduates are hired by companies and state institutions engaged in spatial planning, environmental protection, and crisis management, as well as by hydrotechnical and geological undertakings. They are also well prepared to work as geo-IT specialists or geotechnical and soil surveying experts. In addition, they can be recruited for land regeneration and reclamation projects, and hired to prepare environmental studies, for example environmental impact assessments.
Keywords – geo-hazards, extreme phenomena, geotechnical analyses, crisis management, hazard forecasting