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Disaster Management MSc


This course has a September and a January intake.

The last three decades have seen a substantial rise in the number and frequency of disasters. Global warming, together with its associated extreme weather events make it likely to see this trend continue.

It is becoming increasingly important to foster resilience and a capacity to withstand disaster events, as a part of reducing and managing risk within a broader context of sustainable development.

The course aims to provide students with the research skills, knowledge and management expertise to deal with future crises, emergencies and disasters in the developed and developing world.


Courses in disaster management have been offered at Coventry University for over ten years.

  • Provides an understanding of theory and practice and their application within local, national and international contexts;
  • designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary for successful disaster intervention in the UK, and elsewhere across the globe;
  • emphasis on academic content and on application of theory and principles;
  • uses case studies to ensure that applied and theoretical knowledge complement each other;
  • appropriate for professionals who wish to further their careers in the areas of disaster management, risk assessment, community development, humanitarian assistance and capacity building;
  • staff teaching on the course have a wide range of practice based and research skills and form a cohesive multi-disciplinary team with a strong commitment to advancing disaster management research and practice.



The course covers a range of subject areas, such as:

  • Disaster risk reduction and development;
  • Humanitarian theory and practice in disasters;
  • Communities - approaches to resilience and engagement
  • Risk, Crisis, and continuity management;
  • management of natural and environmental hazards;
  • Technology for disaster and emergency management;
  • Research design and methods;
  • Dissertation.


Chartered Management Institute HE Partner

As part of this course you will study Global Professional Development, a beneficial new 10-credit module developed in partnership with the CMI. Explore this module's content and benefits here.


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

Full-time students, who start their programme in October of each year, normally research and write their dissertations between June and September of the following year. Part-time students also generally start in October. It is possible, however, for either full or part-time students to start their programme in February of each year.


Modules are taught as 1 week ‘face-to-face teaching’ at the University (including lectures, workshops, seminars and exercises) followed by several weeks of directed and self-directed study, which may be undertaken off-campus.

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.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of an ability to follow instruction in English. This is normally 6.5 IELTS or equivalent.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Qualified disaster professionals are in high demand. Our part-time students are often sponsored by their employers and our graduates are much sought after by a range of organisations, including, governments, NGOs and private sector organisations.

The Programme’s goal is to enhance graduates’ employability by giving students the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate and apply key elements of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, including the ability to conduct assessments of hazards, risks, vulnerability and capacity. Also, through providing students with an understanding of approaches that may be used internationally to reduce and manage risk, the Programme aims to prepare students for employment in a wide range of careers focused on disaster intervention.


Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

Course code:
  • 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time

  • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152