The programme can be studied full-time over three years of study with the option of extending this to four years, by taking a sandwich year in the form of an industrial training placement or study abroad between Year Two and Year Three.
A wide variety of teaching methods will include: lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, laboratory work, table top and scenario based exercises, fieldwork observations and field management activities in disaster simulations, professional training placement, guided study using textbooks, journals (hard copies and electronic), organisational documents, government legislation and directives via module webs and independent research.
We regularly host expert guest speakers from industry who talk about their experience and current issues in disaster preparedness and response, humanitarian actions, sustainable development and more.
To introduce you to the field operations and project management and begin to develop some of the core skills, like self and team management, you will have the chance to attend a residential field course. We firmly believe in learning by doing, so you will have regular opportunities to undertake fieldwork observations. There are field trip opportunities at every level of study, including visits to various Search and Rescue Facilities and the Outreach Training Centre in Wales (subject to availability and additional costs).
In the final year, there is an opportunity to visit Italy to study Venice’s flood defences, investigate how earthquakes are monitored at Fruili and assess the site of the 1963 Vajont Dam disaster, where, during initial filling, a massive landslide caused a man-made ‘megatsunami’ in the lake, leading to the complete destruction of several villages and towns and 1,917 deaths (additional costs may apply).
We encourage you to join one of our student societies, such as the International Disaster Concern Society, which can provide further opportunities to gain real experience of working in the humanitarian sector. In the past they have organised trips to Tanzania, and to large-scale emergency exercises, as well as organising additional guest speakers.
This course also gives you the chance to undertake a professional placement. In the past, students have gone to work Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, RedR India, Oxfam GB, Halcrow Group Ltd, All Hands, Lloyds Register, the Catholic Overseas Development Agency (CAFOD) and Local Authority Emergency Planning Units.
In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and be available with expert advice.