Online degree

MSc Disaster Management and Resilience

Explore the issues of managing risk and responding to disasters, food insecurity and conflict.

An opportunity to develop the skills for successful global disaster intervention

Disasters and armed conflict have occurred in human existence throughout history.

Whether you’re looking to start your career in disaster intervention or are a current practitioner seeking to update your knowledge, this degree is designed to grow your expertise and capacity to identify, analyse, interpret and manage risk and disaster issues in the developing and developed world.

You will cover the topics of disaster management, humanitarian assistance, capacity building and disaster risk reduction to help minimalise loss when a disaster strikes.

Masters degree

Have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in the field of disaster management, covering the issues of humanitarian assistance, capacity building and disaster risk reduction.
2-5 years
£14,000 GBP (total tuition fee)
£1,166.66 GBP (price per program)
9 programs
Start dates
20 Jan 2020 (apply by 24 Jan 2020)
18 May 2020 (apply by 22 May 2020)

What do I need to apply?

The criteria for entry are:

  • A 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

  • Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or with a qualification in other subject areas will be individually considered and will usually be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course.

  • Relevant work experience and/or a professional development qualification will also be considered.

  • English as a Foreign Language: this course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall (For EU and International students).

How much will it cost?

September 2019 start: £14,000
January 2020 start: £14,000
May 2020 start: £14,000

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of the degree, you should be able to demonstrate:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of risk, its components and influencing factors, approaches to assessment, and prioritisation and organisational role in planning, managing and recovering from humanitarian crises and disasters.

  • A detailed knowledge of policy and approaches for mitigating, preparing for, managing and recovering from crises, conflict and disasters for responding agencies, organisations and affected communities.

  • A thorough comprehension of approaches to assessing complexity and interaction and developing, monitoring and evaluating resilience in processes, systems, organisations and communities at risk from known and emergent threats in a sustainable way.

  • A detailed analysis of multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, co-operation and governance in all aspects of policy and strategy development, implementation and management, at all scales in disaster contexts.

  • An ability to manage information, evaluate uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in knowledge, method and management and to make appropriate and defensible decisions for managing complex disaster situations.

  • A critical awareness of issues and challenges at the forefront of research and practice in disasters and resilience.

  • An ability to evaluate and use appropriate methods of enquiry and analysis, and to progress good practice in the discipline over the course of their career.

  • The skills demanded to research, evaluate high level material in order to produce an independent working paper that meets ethical requirements of the university, synthesises both academic and sector perspectives and presents findings and recommendations in a professional way.

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