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Emergency Planning and Management MSc


This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.

Major emergencies in the UK, such as the fuel shortages, the foot and mouth epidemic of 2000, repeated widespread flooding, and the London bombings of 2005 have made clear the need for enhanced levels of resilience in the UK.

The MSc in Emergency Planning and Management is a taught course designed to provide students with an advanced level of understanding of concepts and evolving best practice in emergency planning and management.


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

  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and implement strategies required by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and other UK civil contingencies legislation;
  • designed both for professionals who have current responsibilities in the field of emergency planning and management and for individuals who wish to enter into this field;
  • examine selected examples of disaster management in other countries, giving students an opportunity to consider UK policy and practice within a comparative international perspective;
  • evaluate issues in emergency planning and management and their practical implications, with a view to improving current practice;
  • may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis, in order to accommodate the ongoing professional commitments of practitioners.



Increased levels of preparedness and more effective responses to realised risks and threats also require an understanding of the issues that underlie many of the day-to-day problems faced by practitioners in the field of emergency planning and management.

This understanding, including how such issues may be addressed in practice, is necessary in order to increase the level of resilience of individual organisations, as well as the effectiveness of the integrated emergency management of disruptive challenges to the UK economy, society and security.

The course covers a range of subject areas such as:

  • Disaster and emergency planning;
  • Integrated emergency management, practice and issues;
  • 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.


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’ contact 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 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.

This course requires IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.


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?

The MSc in Emergency Planning and Management is ideal for students seeking career advancement within either the public or private sectors, or for those wishing to pursue an academic or research-oriented career.

Both current concerns with enhancing resilience to emergencies in the UK and specific organisational duties arising from UK legislation have created a strong demand for qualified emergency planning and management professionals.

Our graduates are much sought after by a range of organisations, including local and regional government, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies, and many private sector companies.


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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

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

Contact Details:

International Office

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152