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Disaster Management MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

BEST123

Study options:

1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018
May 2018

Fees:

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656

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Overview

Disaster Management MSc can develop your existing undergraduate skills, and teach you how best to tackle natural and man-made disasters.

If you are interested in careers focused on disaster intervention or are a current practitioner seeking to update your knowledge in disaster management, humanitarian assistance, capacity building and disaster risk reduction, this specialist Master’s course encompasses up-to-date thinking in disaster theory, management policy, strategy and practice in the in the developing and developed world.

Disaster management has been taught at Coventry for over 20 years and this postgraduate course covers the advanced research skills, knowledge and management expertise to deal effectively with future disasters, encouraging you to adopt a strategic perspective. It aims to develop your expertise and capacity to identify, analyse, interpret and manage risk and disaster issues successfully in the UK and throughout the rest of the world, focusing on sustainable solutions and building community resilience.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

This programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and practical skills needed to identify, critically analyse, assess and successfully manage a growing range of disasters, operating confidently in policy development, strategy implementation and response management.

The overall aim is for you to be able to contribute to the strengthening of community, professional, organisational, national and international capacity to deal with complex multifactorial disasters in the future, developing strategies which will increase our resilience to risks and threats to both economies and societies.

You should gain a solid understanding of the key theories within the areas of development and disaster risk reduction, so you are better able to evaluate the activities of NGOs, multilateral agencies and institutions and undertake risk and vulnerability assessments at an appropriate level of seniority, including important developments in the field of humanitarian relief and operations.

We will help to expand your knowledge of the legal and political framework of the UK, European and international disaster management sector, taking account of the social, ethical and environmental contexts of disaster management. You will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, intended to enable you to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Risk, Crisis, and Continuity Management
    • Humanitarian Theory and Practice in Disasters
    • Research Design and Methods in Social Science


    Optional modules (over Semesters 1 and 2, you choose 30 credits worth of optional modules):

    • Disaster and Emergency Planning (30 credits)
  • Semester 2

    • Communities
    • Disaster Risk Reduction and Development


    Optional modules (over Semesters 1 and 2, you choose 30 credits worth of optional modules):

    • Technology for Disaster and Emergency Management (15 credits)
    • Integrated Emergency Management, Practice and Issues (15 credits)
    • Management of Natural and Environmental Hazards (15 credits)
  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation

In more detail...

  • Opportunity for a day trip to an international humanitarian and development NGO
  • Opportunity to take part in training exercises in a Crisis Simulation Centre to develop your skills in responding to emergencies in ‘real-time’
  • Members of our teaching staff have experience in international disaster preparedness and response, such as evaluation of the long-term sustainability of post-disaster housing reconstruction, advising on the formulation of a national Community Resilience Framework and on national policy and strategies for warning and informing the public.

Strong portfolio of industry-related research in environmental hazards and risk, disaster management, sustainable urban drainage with a range of partners including the Start Network of NGOs. 

The programme can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over three years for home/EU students. You can start in September, January or May.

Modules are offered in the form of five-day 'intensive' blocks of teaching and learning, which is ideal if you are already working within the profession, live some distance from Coventry or both. 
Please note that if you are an international ‘Tier 4’ student, you will be required to take the course on a full-time basis and must, in addition to the one week of ‘face-to-face’ teaching, receive some additional teaching to fulfill UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For more information, visit our page on Tier 4 compliance. (http://www.coventry.ac.uk/international-students-hub/current/immigration/tier-4-compliance/)

Teaching is informed by the Department’s extensive research and consultancy, particularly through the Society and Community Resilience Research Group and the Environment and Water Research Group. Members of staff are currently engaged in developing training materials for humanitarian preparedness as a part of project funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), giving students an opportunity to benefit from the use of these materials and scenarios in taught sessions.

In addition, your dissertation tutor will assist you in developing your study and research skills. One feature of the course is a one-day visit to an International Disaster Relief NGO, which includes participating in seminars run by their staff and a tour of their offices and facilities. Another exciting feature of the course is a workshop run by an NGO that specialises in the use of technology to assist international development, including how it may be used to support specific community-based disaster risk reduction and preparedness projects.

Teaching methods include: lectures, with associated seminars and workshop practical classes.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated at the beginning of each module. Your work will be marked according to how well you address the coursework instructions and you will be given feedback, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. You need to achieve an average of 40% or above to pass each module; marks of 70% or above are classified as a ‘Distinction’. 

Assessment for all modules is by 100% coursework. As well as satisfying the required standards for an academic research project, the 15,000-word dissertation provides an opportunity to focus your learning on your own professional development needs.

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits of the appropriate credits.

100% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Current and expert methods to critically evaluate and apply policies and practice in disaster management.
  • Current methods of assessing risk, vulnerability, resilience and capacity for natural and environmental disasters.
  • Current theoretical issues in disaster management and the application of appropriate research methods.
  • Efficient and sustainable disaster management and related methods and disciplines in the UK, European Union and international contexts.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Critically assess and deal with complex issues by applying principles of assessment, critical evaluation, and problem solving.
  • Critically develop and apply professional judgements about trends in risk, policy and disaster management.
  • Apply original analysis with appropriate comparative techniques to interpret key aspects of national, European Union and international disaster management policy and practice
  • Critically assess current UK and international management and operational techniques and processes.
  • Evaluate UK, European Union and international disaster management policy.
  • Develop appropriate policy, management and technological solutions to complex social, political, environmental and economic issues.
  • Apply appropriate techniques for assessing risks and hazards, vulnerabilities, needs and capacities in individuals, communities, organisations and governments and for developing implementable solutions. 

Modules are taught as one-week ‘face-to-face teaching’ at the University, along with several weeks of directed and self-directed study, which may be undertaken off-campus. In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 25-30 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. 

This course focuses on disaster management within an international context, drawing on case studies and the experience of agencies working across the world. In the past, Practical Action, a locally-based international non-governmental organisation (NGO), has led a workshop sharing some of the activities it is employing featuring the use of technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.  

International, EU and UK students take classes together, participating in discussion-based seminars and workshops, so all students have the opportunity to benefit from the personal experiences of other students, as well as staff, from other parts of the world.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold at least a second-class honours degree from a discipline relevant to the Programme.

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. Applicants without a first degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a relevant professional development qualification, will also be considered for admission to the Programme, on merit. Such applicants will be interviewed and may be required to provide supportive evidence of their career to date.

Applications to the course are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms fully to the University’s policy concerning Equal Opportunities.

Successful applicants must normally hold at least a second-class honours degree from a discipline relevant to the Programme.

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. Applicants without a first degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a relevant professional development qualification, will also be considered for admission to the Programme, on merit. Such applicants will be interviewed and may be required to provide supportive evidence of their career to date.

Applications to the course are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms fully to the University’s policy concerning Equal Opportunities.

English as a Foreign Language: T This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Successful applicants must normally hold at least a second-class honours degree from a discipline relevant to the Programme.

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. Applicants without a first degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a relevant professional development qualification, will also be considered for admission to the Programme, on merit. Such applicants will be interviewed and may be required to provide supportive evidence of their career to date.

Applications to the course are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms fully to the University’s policy concerning Equal Opportunities.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

MSc: £7,374 | PgDip: £4,916 (per year)


January 2018

MSc: £7,374 | PgDip: £4,916 (per year)


May 2018

MSc: £7,374 | PgDip: £4,916 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

MSc: £7,374 | PgDip: £4,916 (per year)


January 2018

MSc: £7,374 | PgDip: £4,916 (per year)


May 2018

MSc: £7,374 | PgDip: £4,916 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The course aims to enable you to develop your skills in problem-solving, teamwork and leadership, project management and communication, all of which are qualities employers demand

Our part-time students are often sponsored by their employers and our graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations, including, governments, NGOs and private sector organisations.

We strive to produce graduates who can make difficult decisions whilst being culturally sensitive, ethical and compassionate, the capabilities required by international relief and development organisations, private sector consultancies, national government, local authorities and United Nations agencies operating around the world.

Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will help you in finding work experience while you study and employment on graduation.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Graduates have gone to work here in the UK and in countries all over the world, including Denmark, Finland, Germany, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, the United States and Canada. Some have taken up roles as planning officers, emergency planners, international humanitarian coordinator, disaster risk reduction analysts and deployable emergency response managers, while others have joined emergency services, public administration or pursued research and lecturing within education.

Employers of our graduates include: UNICEF, United Nations, Action Centre La Faim (Toronto, Canada), the Institute for Risk Management and Climate Change (Bogota, Colombia), WWF, Danish Refugee Council, Deutsche Bahn, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, India), United Nations Population Fund (Jakarta, Indonesia), the British and German Red Cross, The Netherlands Institute for Safety, Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.