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Emergency Planning and Management MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

BEST124

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

There aren’t too many courses which can lead to a career saving lives. Emergency Management can teach you to plan effectively for the worst.

Major emergencies in the UK in the last two decades – such as fuel shortages, the foot and mouth epidemic, repeated flooding and the London bombings – have heightened awareness of the need for coordinated professional emergency responses, as well as enhanced levels of resilience.

Designed with this need in mind, this specialist Master’s course aims to support the development of the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to deliver more effective responses to realised risks and threats based on evolving best practice. It will provide a chance to develop an understanding of the underlying issues and problems faced by emergency planning and management practitioners and the duties required of organisations within UK civil contingencies legislation.  

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 enable you to develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills needed to identify, critically analyse, assess and successfully manage a growing range of emergencies, operating confidently in policy development, strategy implementation and response management.

Responding to the pressure on central and local government to increase levels of preparedness and develop more effective responses to realised risks and threats, we aim to support the development of your appreciation of community-based approaches to emergency planning and planning, as well as the concept of risk and its importance for organisational crisis and business continuity management.

Students will analyse and evaluate emergency plans and emergency planning processes, so that you can go on to devise emergency plans and emergency plan testing programmes of your own. We cover important legal and political frameworks of the UK, European and international emergency and disaster management sector, giving special attention to the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act, which established a new legislative framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom and has significantly increased the demand for professionals in this area. 

This legislation imposed a clear set of roles and responsibilities on those organisations with a role to play in preparing for and responding to emergencies, such as the emergency services, local authorities and NHS bodies. These include: assessing the risk of emergencies occurring and using this to inform contingency planning with production of a Community Risk Register; putting in place emergency plans; creating business continuity plans to ensure critical functions continue in the event of an emergency; developing communications plans to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency; sharing information and co-operating with other local responders to enhance coordination and efficiency;

The course will also help provide you with an understanding of the issues that underlie many problems faced by emergency planning and management practitioners, such as multi-agency cooperation and coordination. We will look at how these issues may be addressed, in practice with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of Integrated Emergency Management.

You will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which seeks 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: Helps develop a deeper understanding of the importance of risk, crisis and continuity management as interrelated end to end integrated products used to safeguard international assets and operations for first, second, and third sector organisations. You will learn about the core principles practices and terminologies of risk management from leading standards and publications. You will examine risk from the organisational and a transnational perspective, evaluating global risks and examining crisis management using a wide range of literature sources and case studies. You will critically explore how international stakeholders assess risk and prepare management procedures to respond and recover from disruptive challenges.

    • Disaster and Emergency Planning: Provides a critical review of the concepts, issues, processes and structures relevant to the development of effective strategies for preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters. You will engage with approaches to construct, implement, test and evaluate a range of emergency preparedness arrangements across a broad scope of natural, social and technological hazards. We focus on the composition and structure of emergency plans, policies and practices. This includes giving consideration of the various organisational, institutional and legal frameworks that influence emergency preparedness, and consideration of wider social and technological factors that can affect emergency planning at the local, sub-national, national and international levels.

    • Research Design and Methods in Social Science 

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

    • Humanitarian Theory and Practice in Disasters (15 credits)
    • Incident Command (15 credits)
  • Semester 2

    • Communities - Approaches to Resilience and Engagement: Despite the recent popularity and frequent use of the community resilience concept in emergency and disaster management research and policy programmes, there is a confusing range of theoretical interpretations and an equally broad range of operational interpretations. Through analysis of UK and international case studies, we will evaluate determinants of resilience and working experience, alongside the role of professionals and communities in the development of resilience. Methods for engagement with community groups and the role of public service providers/NGOs will be critically assessed.

    • Integrated Emergency Management, Practice and Issues: Supports the development of your ability to analyse issues arising from the undertaking of activities to fulfil duties and responsibilities in relation to emergency management; and to prepare integrated arrangements for dealing with emergencies in the UK and other MEDCs. We will cover theory and concepts relevant to emergency management, including the role of the state and public policy, to critically assess and evaluate emergency management policy and practice. We will examine requirements arising from the UK and European legislative framework for emergencies. 


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

    • Technology for Disaster and Emergency Management (15 credits)
    • Disaster Risk Reduction and Development (30 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’.
  • Outstanding levels of graduate employability – 100% of our graduates are in work or continuing their studies within six months of graduation (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Members of our teaching team have experience in international disaster preparedness and response. Staff are active in setting standards for disaster management nationally and include a member of The Emergency Planning Society’s Education Committee.

Strong portfolio of industry-related research in environmental hazards and risk, emergency and disaster planning and 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.

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 have undertaken risk mapping for possible mass evacuation involving GIS-based multi-hazard analysis and scenario development, as a part of a pan-European Union Mass Shelter Capability Project.  

In addition, your dissertation tutor will assist you in developing your study and research skills. Our Simulation Centre is a beacon standard for advanced training of professionals from a wide range of emergency responders.  With a Learning Curve, interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially-trained actors, this training can not only improve skills, but can also help to develop new ways of working.

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 emergency planning and management.
  • Current methods of assessing risk, vulnerability, resilience and capacity for natural and environmental emergencies and disasters
  • Current theoretical issues in emergency planning and management and the application of appropriate research methods.
  • Efficient and sustainable emergency and 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 emergency planning and management.
  • Apply original analysis with appropriate comparative techniques to interpret key aspects of national, European Union and international emergency planning and management policy and practice.
  • Critically assess current UK and international management and operational techniques and processes.
  • Evaluate UK, European Union and international emergency planning and 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/or 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 emergency and disaster management within an international context, drawing on case studies and the experience of agencies working in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

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 degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a professional development qualification, such as a Diploma in Emergency Planning, will also be considered for admission on merit. Such applicants will be interviewed and may be required to provide supportive evidence of their career to date.

Applications 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 degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a professional development qualification, such as a Diploma in Emergency Planning, will also be considered for admission on merit. Such applicants will be interviewed and may be required to provide supportive evidence of their career to date.

Applications 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 6.0. 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 degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a professional development qualification, such as a Diploma in Emergency Planning, will also be considered for admission on merit. Such applicants will be interviewed and may be required to provide supportive evidence of their career to date.

Applications 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 6.0. 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

January 2017 start - £7,374 | May 2017 start - £7,374 | September 2017 start - £10,121 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £7,374 | May 2017 start - £7,374 | September 2017 start - £10,121 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £7,374 | May 2017 start - £7,374 | September 2017 start - £10,121 (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

January 2017 start - £7,374 | May 2017 start - £7,374 | September 2017 start - £10,121 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £7,374 | May 2017 start - £7,374 | September 2017 start - £10,121 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £7,374 | May 2017 start - £7,374 | September 2017 start - £10,121 (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 need to enhance resilience to emergencies, together with organisational duties arising from the Civil Contingencies Act continues to create a demand for qualified emergency planning and management professionals.

We have an excellent track record for graduate employability – with 100% of our graduates in work or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2014/15). Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of organisations with emergency response duties, including local government, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies, as well as private sector companies.

The course aims to support the development of your skills in problem-solving, teamwork and leadership, project management and communication, all of which are qualities employers demand. 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. Choosing to undertake a work placement should improve your chances of finding graduate employment.

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 from associated disaster and emergency planning and management courses have gone on to secure employment within the public, uniformed and armed services, private sector and charitable organisations. For example, as a civil contingencies officer, as a consultant risk analyst, insurance specialist, business continuity specialist or as an emergency planning officer with Fire and Rescue Service or Police. They work for local government, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Red Cross UK and the Environment 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.