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. You will have the opportunity to examine theory and practice in a range of countries, benchmarking approaches in the UK and the ramifications of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 with, for example, those in mainland Europe, Asia and North America, together with relevant international legislation.
Successful students have been given the opportunity to develop the skills needed to manage the response to: civil emergencies, such as the Hillsborough football stadium disaster; technological incidents, like the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill; major transport accidents, such as MV Sewol; and natural disasters, for example, the Tohoku earthquake and Ebola outbreak.
Coventry was the first UK University to offer courses in disaster management back in 1994 and has an excellent reputation with the leading professional organisations for the provision of academic undergraduate courses in the areas of disaster management and emergency planning. Our two undergraduate courses – the BSc Disaster Management and BSc Disaster Management and Emergency Planning – both share a common first year, enabling you to choose either course in later years.
Multidisciplinary in nature, our courses draw on aspects of technology, physical science, engineering, sociology and human geography. We also place considerable emphasis on the acquisition of practical skills – from table-top or virtual emergency response scenarios, to laboratory exercises and field-based management of disaster, developed through modules delivered by Outreach Rescue. You may also have the chance to spend a year on professional training with, for example, a national agency or humanitarian or training organisation, such as World Mission or Petrofac (subject to availability and additional costs).
We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – 100% for the Disaster Management and Emergency Planning degree (DLHE 2014/15). Recent graduates have gone on to work for Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC), Royal Bank of Scotland, Wes midlands Fire Service and numerous Local Authority Emergency Planning centres.