Coventry University program

Disaster Risk, Resilience, Adaptation and Sustainability

Explore areas of humanitarian practice, development, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

This program is part of the MSc Disaster Management and Resilience degree offered by Coventry University

Evaluate theories in disaster management and resilience

Understanding the disaster-development continuum is critical to those working or intending to work in international development, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency practice.

This program aims to provide you with insight into the concepts and interrelationship between disaster risk, resilience, adaptation, development and sustainability from the perspective of historical and current international events, strategies and policy drivers.

During the course, you’ll have the chance to explore theories and their impact on the field of practice at a programme, agency, country and global scale.


5 courses

Delivered by expert academics

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the University of the Year for Student Experience 2019 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

  • Coventry University

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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a range of conceptual views and theories aligned to disaster risk, resilience, adaptation, development and sustainability

  • Critically evaluate the roles of strategy, conventions, agreements, policy and structures aligned to the DRR, resilience, climate change and sustainable development contexts

  • Assess the challenges resulting from global change and the range of response options open to leaders in the sector to minimise impacts and maximise opportunities

  • Analyse the DRR, climate adaptation, development and sustainability strategies of key organisations, for holism and good practice and make recommendations to improve approaches and outputs

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