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Disaster Management and Emergency Planning BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

EECU011

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £12,471)

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Overview

If you’re the type of person who likes to help others, our Disaster Management and Emergency Planning degree might be right for you!

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

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

Local, regional, national and international organisations are all involved in mounting a humanitarian response to disasters; each will have a prepared disaster management plan, covering prevention, preparedness, relief and recovery.

Additionally, in the UK, most major public and private organisations – educational establishments, the National Health Service (NHS), emergency services, local and central government, HM Armed Forces – have a crisis management or major incident plan, covering appropriate risk assessment and emergency responses. They all need professionals to manage these plans and, more importantly, execute them when required.

This course aims to give you the knowledge to pursue such a career in emergency planning and management. 

100%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Introduction to Disasters

  • Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Management

  • Introduction to Emergency Management

  • Practical and HE skills for Disaster Managers

  • Numerical and Spatial Skills for Disaster Managers

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Assessing and Managing Risk

  • Field Operations and Project Management

  • Career Skills

  • Dealing with Emergencies in the UK

  • Incident, Crisis and Continuity Management

  • Understanding Crowded Places

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Professional Training

  • Study Abroad

Overview

Modules

  • Project

  • Employment Skills

  • Concepts and Issues in Emergency Management

  • Training and Exercising for Emergency Management

  • Crisis Complexity and Disaster Aetiology

  • Comparative Research in Disaster Management: Italy

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

10th

Our Civil Engineering courses are ranked 10th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • employment prospects in public, charitable and private organisations involved in emergency planning and management;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional and research expertise into their teaching;
  • the opportunity to apply to undertake a year of professional training with a relevant organisation. Recent placements have included working for regional fire and police teams, utility companies, airport operators, local authorities, Transport for London and oil spill response companies;
  • residential courses at a specialist training centre for the UK emergency services;
  • site visits and the opportunity to attend an overseas field course led by international experts;
  • access to a state-of-the-art Crises Simulation Lab to participate in ‘live’ training exercises;
  • a wealth of experience. Coventry was the first UK University to offer courses in disaster management; Coventry pioneered the professional training year for disaster managers; and Coventry graduates form one of the largest bodies of disaster management alumni in the world.

The BSc Disaster Management and Emergency Planning shares a common first year with BSc Disaster Management, enabling you to choose either course in later years.

You will start by developing an understanding of the causes of disasters, their impacts on people and critical infrastructure through the analysis of real case studies and the role of emergency management. As part of these studies you will be introduced to environmental systems, humanitarian operations and organisational management.

In your second year you will form a deeper understanding of emergency response and crises management in the UK and examine business continuity in public and private sector organisations. Alongside this knowledge you will develop practical skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), best practice in crisis communications and methods to assess disaster interventions. 

In your final year you will learn how to design and implement training exercises as a key part of a disaster mitigation strategy. You will have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues in disaster management and emergency planning in the UK and internationally by participating in networking events with alumni and guest lectures, and attending site visits and/or an (optional) field course respectively.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

How will my learning be assessed? An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • coursework reports, essays, exercises, presentations, posters 60%;
  • formal examinations 25%;
  • project work 15%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

In a typical week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of small group teaching each week.

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.

Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

You will be given the opportunity to undertake international fieldwork. In recent years we have visited China, Taiwan and Italy to observe and evaluate emergency management approaches.

Previous students have also volunteered in Haiti following earthquakes and across the world where natural disasters have taken place.

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 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

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)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

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

University Course Code: EECU011
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB DDD-DDM 30 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 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

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 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

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

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.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (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 2018

£9250 (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 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £12,471) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees

  • Overseas field trips or visits: Approximately £300 per trip.

Career prospects

Our distinctive blend of academic and practical study aims to ensure you develop specific emergency planning and management skills needed to prepare you for employment in this sector.

Employers seek graduates who can demonstrate effective problem solving, teamwork and leadership, management and communication skills. As these attributes are the hallmark of a disaster management and emergency-planning graduate, you should have opportunities to pursue a career with a wide range of organisations.

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.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards.

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Our graduates have secured employment in the public and/or private sector working for organisations such as the Red Cross UK, PricewaterhouseCoopers and security consultancies, industrial and aviation companies, local and regional emergency services, the uniformed services, NHS and the Environment Agency.


£26K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £26,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

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.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.