Crowded Places and Public Safety Management MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT031

Study options:

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020
May 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

From international sporting events and concerts to world-class retail and transport hubs, mass gatherings are increasing in scale and complexity. In the current global environment the challenges of keeping people safe are greater than ever.

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 course aims to provide you with the academic underpinning to analyse the features that make for best-practice planning, policy and process, so that you can go on to devise effective crowded places arrangements of your own.

The programme covers important legal and socio-political frameworks within crowd safety and emergency management, as well as investigating emerging technological solutions, and the contemporary safety and threat environments that impact on the sector.

The course also aims to provide an understanding of the issues that underlie many of the concerns faced by crowd safety management practitioners, such as multi-agency cooperation and coordination and business continuity. In particular, you will examine how these issues may be addressed in practice, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of integrated emergency management and organisational resilience.

You will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research which seeks 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

  • Year 1

    Emergency Planning for Public Safety & Security
    The aim of this module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the concepts, issues, processes and structures relevant to the development of effective strategies required in preparation for responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters. The module will also highlight how to apply them specifically to work for public safety in crowded places.

    You will explore the concepts of integration as they apply to the processes of the creation of plans for the management of emergencies, and in particular examine the role of the private sector in supporting the duty of integration.

    Following this, you will engage with the approaches used to construct, implement, test and evaluate a range of emergency and disaster preparedness arrangements across a broad scope of hazards, focussing on those that present the most relevant risks to public safety in crowded places.

    The module will focus on the composition and structure of emergency and disaster plans, policies and practices. This includes consideration and evaluation of the various organisational, institutional and legal frameworks that influence emergency preparedness, and consideration of wider social and technological factors that can affect emergency and disaster planning at the local, sub-national, national and international levels, in both the private and public sector.

    Managing Crowded Places
    This module will facilitate a detailed understanding of crowded places and the influences upon their formation, design and management, considering them as socio-technical, psychological, geographical and temporal phenomena, complex in nature and vulnerable to emerging properties.

    Taking a risk-based approach, the module will provide particular insight into the impacts of complexity on crowded places, examining theoretical approaches to complexity, and applying them to the understanding of, and subsequent planning for and management of, crowded places. In doing so, it will consider the application of tools such as planning, crowd science, command and control, coordination and communication, and information and technology systems.

    Public Safety and Security
    Strategic approaches to public safety and security requires an understanding of the underpinning frameworks for governance and best practice in the realms of health and safety, workplace safety and security management.
    This module will help you to undertake structured threat assessments to appraise the challenges facing the management of public safety and security within organisations and the wider environment. It will then show you how to use analytical tools which are necessary to diagnose the underlying causation of such problems - be they organisational or malicious.

    Finally, it will offer you the opportunity to develop critical capabilities to assess the tools available to address public safety and security issues, enabling a resolution that is sensitive and appropriate to the operating environment.

    Risk, Incident and Leadership
    This module aims to develop an in-depth understanding of a range of risk interpretations, and explore non-technical skills, minimisation techniques and leadership models that can be applied during incidents and crises. It will use models, theories and simulations to critically evaluate the challenges for leadership and decision making within the constraints of some command and control practices. Incidents are recognised as vital opportunities for learning lessons, but there are usually challenges to facilitating and leading the implementation of change; you will investigate ways in which these barriers and challenges can be overcome.

    Training and Exercise Design and Delivery
    This module will facilitate your competence to plan, design and manage an exercise in the context of disaster, crisis and emergency management. The module will place exercises in the wider context of preparedness and organisational resilience, examining theories and approaches to training and exercising. In addition, the module will aim to help you critically assess and evaluate generic principles of training and apply them to training needs for disaster, crisis and emergency management. Approaches to the evaluation of exercises and associated learning will be developed, and the project management requirements for managing and organising exercises are also examined.

    Resilience, Security and Emerging Technologies
    This module aims to investigate today’s complex technology-dependant society and organisations, and the factors that influence security and resilience in complex and integrated systems. The module investigates vulnerabilities, risk and security challenges at an organisational, national and transnational level, going beyond the traditional cyber security purview to look at the demands in wider interconnected systems across critical infrastructure and city resilience, existential threats and global risks. The module evaluates the potential opportunities and risks associated with emerging technological advancements and considers them as part of a horizon-scanning approach.

    Research Perspectives and Practice
    This module is designed to equip you with the required skills in systematic critical evaluation, research design and data collection relevant to assessing practice and policy in disciplines aligned to emergencies and crises. The module content will review processes and principles for conducting research. You will explore intensive and extensive research designs, and be introduced to the principal methods of conducting extensive research, including social surveys, documentary, archival and census evidence, and quantitative analysis. The module also explores more intensive forms of investigation, including interviewing, ethnography and other forms of qualitative analysis. Issues of research dissemination and research ethics will also be considered.

    Business continuity and Crisis Management
    This module will aim to provide you with the necessary evaluative skills to assess internal and external risk contexts and apply appropriate approaches for managing risks within organisations. The impacts of incidents can quickly become a serious threat to both the internal and external operating environment for organisations. Traditionally, business continuity and crisis management techniques have been applied in order to manage these risks. Increasingly risks are unknown, complex and dynamic, requiring more adaptive management practices and responsive governance systems. Critical incidents can spill over into political, economic, social, technical, legal and environmental domains requiring effective assessment, communications and media management so as to limit impacts and losses.

    Supporting Transition to Postgraduate Study
    The module aims to assist and prepare you in the transition to postgraduate education, by developing your academic skills in order to improve and enhance your personal effectiveness as a learner. The module will look at areas such as critical reading, academic writing and referencing skills. Throughout the module, you are encouraged to reflect on your learning in order to deepen your understanding and effectiveness as a quality, independent learner. The module will set out clearly what we expect of students at postgraduate level and equip you with the resources to be able to meet expectations in this environment. This academic skill set is transferable and will be valuable not only in the immediate context, but also for continuing professional development.

    Preparing to Research
    This module is designed to introduce you to postgraduate research, and will provide additional support for the final research project. It provides a mechanism to support the scoping of the research and will reinforce knowledge of research design and methods while aiming to ensure their effective application to your area of interest. It aligns with the content of the module Researching Perspectives and Practice.

    Working paper
    The aim of this module is to support you in defining a need or critical issue within the sector. Working with a supervisor, you will develop an industry-facing paper that researches and evaluates the evidence, and makes recommendations for change and overcoming expected barriers to that change at team, institutional, national level as appropriate.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to experience Coventry University’s Crisis Simulation Centre.
  • Our Simulation Centre is a beacon standard for advanced training of professionals from a wide range of emergency responders.
  • With a Learning Curve, interactive screen and real-life scenarios, this training can not only help to improve skills, but can also help to develop new ways of working.

Crowded places, crowd dynamics, complexity analysis, command and control, interoperability, leadership, safety, security, risk management, emergency planning, emergency response, crisis management, organisational resilience, business continuity, research, communication, stress management.

  • The programme can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two-three years for UK/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.
  • Taught sessions take the form of lectures, workshops, discussions supported by guided reading material and guest speaker events.
  • Students can access all necessary learning materials and library resources remotely.
  • 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 events to fulfil UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For more information, visit our page on Tier 4 compliance.
  • In addition, your dissertation tutor will assist you in developing your study and research skills. Our Simulation Centre is a beacon standard for advanced training of professionals from a wide range of emergency responders. With a Learning Curve, interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially-trained actors, this training can not only improve skills, but can also help to develop new ways of working.

Assessment for all modules is by 100% coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you will have:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of risk, its components and influencing factors, approaches to assessment, prioritisation and role in planning and managing crowded places.
  • An in-depth knowledge of policy and approaches for mitigating, preparing for and managing crowded places for the private sector, responding agencies and organisations and other affected stakeholders.
  • A thorough comprehension of approaches to assessing complexity and interaction, and developing, monitoring and evaluating processes, systems and organisations within the sector 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, implementation and management at all scales.
  • An ability to manage information, evaluate uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in knowledge, method and management, and make appropriate and defensible decisions.
  • A critical awareness of issues and challenges at the forefront of research and practice in crowded places and public safety.
  • An ability to evaluate and use appropriate methods of enquiry and analysis, and 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/or self-directed study, which may be undertaken off-campus.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 26-30 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

International case studies are used throughout the course.

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


21,000

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

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Those with a level 5 qualification and/or professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ and ‘relevant professional experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Those with a level 5 qualification and/or professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ and ‘relevant professional experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Those with a level 5 qualification and/or professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ and ‘relevant professional experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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


September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 (per year)


UK 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


September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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


September 2019

£14,000 (per year)


January 2020

£14,000 (per year)


May 2020

£14,000 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The increasing recognition of the value of crowded spaces within our society, along with concerns for the threats and risks associated with such mass gatherings, is creating a demand for qualified crowded places professionals.

Our graduates could work in a range of organisations with crowded places duties, including venue and stadia management, the uniformed services, private security management, and the live events, transport and retail sectors.

The course aims to support the development of your skills in problem-solving, teamwork and leadership, project management and communication, all of which are qualities employers demand. We strive to produce graduates who can make difficult decisions whilst being culturally sensitive, ethical and compassionate.

Our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC 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. Choosing to undertake a work placement should improve your chances of finding graduate employment.

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 wid

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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