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Disaster Management and Resilience MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

EECT016

Study options:

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

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2019
May 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Overview

Disaster Management and Resilience MSc can develop your existing skills to help you manage risk and respond to disasters, food insecurity and conflict.

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 and holistic perspective. It aims to develop your expertise and capacity to identify, analyse, interpret and manage risk and disaster issues successfully focusing on less economically developed contexts across 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 increasingly complex 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 humanitarian practice, development, climate change adaptation 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 international humanitarian and disaster risk reduction sectors, 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.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Disaster Risk, Resilience, Adaptation & Sustainability
    • Training & Exercise Design and Delivery
    • Resilience, Security & Emerging Technologies
    • Community Preparedness, Recovery & Resilience
  • Semester 2

    • Risk, Incident & Leadership
    • Researching Perspectives & Practice
    • Humanitarian Principles, Preparedness & Response
    • Disaster Interventions, Evaluation and Learning
  • Semester 3

    • Working Paper
    • CMI Global Professional Development-Consultancy

In more detail...

  • Optional opportunities to participate in exercises and site visits
  • You will be taught by full time experienced and qualified lecturers
  • Opportunity to take part in training exercises in a Crisis Simulation Centre to develop your skills in responding to emergencies in ‘real-time’
  • You will benefit from our extensive network of alumni, grown over more than 20 years returning to give guest talks, advise and employment opportunities
  • All our teaching staff have experience in preparedness, development and response; evaluation of the long-term sustainability of post-disaster housing reconstruction, advising on the formulation of a National Community Resilience Framework and on policy and strategies for warning and informing the public.

Strong portfolio of industry-related research in environmental hazards and risk, disaster management with a range of partners.

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 school’s extensive research and consultancy, particularly through the Society and Community Resilience Research Group and the Environment and Water Research Group.

In addition, you will be supported in the development of the skills needed to be successful in postgraduate study and assessment through a series of seminars (online for part-time students), developed specifically to assist those who have been away from academic study for some time, to help you transition effectively into a postgraduate course. A dissertation tutor will assist you in developing your research project focus and research methodology. Many of our students travel internationally to undertake field work, and you can apply to receive financial support (reviewed on a case by case basis and subject to ethical clearance of the research project and visa requirements) more information here

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

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 final research project provides an opportunity to focus your learning on your own professional development needs and write an industry facing research paper (~ 6000 words) of potentially publishable quality.

100% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of risk, its components and influencing factors, approaches to assessment, and prioritisation and organisational role in planning, managing and recovering from humanitarian crises and disasters.
  • A detailed knowledge of policy and approaches for mitigating, preparing for, managing and recovering from crises, conflict and disasters for responding agencies, organisations and affected communities.
  • A thorough comprehension of approaches to assessing complexity and interaction and developing, monitoring and evaluating resilience in processes, systems, organisations and communities at risk from known and emergent threats in a sustainable way.
  • A detailed analysis of multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, co-operation and governance in all aspects of policy and strategy development, implementation and management, at all scales in disaster contexts.
  • An ability to manage information, evaluate uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in knowledge, method and management and to make appropriate and defensible decisions for managing complex disaster situations.
  • A critical awareness of issues and challenges at the forefront of research and practice in disasters and resilience.
  • An ability to evaluate and use appropriate methods of enquiry and analysis, and to progress good practice in the discipline over the course of their career.
  • The skills demanded to research, evaluate high level material in order to produce an independent working paper that meets ethical requirements of the university, synthesises both academic and sector perspectives and presents findings and recommendations in a professional way.

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 practitioners from a range of NGOs such as Practical Action, Oxfam, Helpage International, Islamic Relief, have led a workshop sharing some of the activities and approaches they are employing.

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.

Many of our students travel internationally to undertake international research fieldwork, you can apply to receive financial support (reviewed on a case by case basis and subject to ethical clearance of the research project and visa requirements) more information here.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



12,000

and counting

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

12

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


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


May 2019

£7,750 (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


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


May 2019

£7,750 (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


January 2019

£13,350 (per year)


May 2019

£13,350 (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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.