Emergency Management and Resilience MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

On campus - EECT010
Online - EECT136

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply

Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)
or 100% online study

Starting:

May 2022

 

Fees:

Faculty:


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Course code:

On campus - EECT010
Online - EECT136

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply

Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)
or 100% online study

Starting:

May 2022

 

Fees:

Faculty:


Get in touch


Overview

Studied on campus or 100% online, this course is designed to enable you to develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills needed to identify, critically analyse, assess and successfully manage a range of emergencies; operating confidently in policy development, strategy implementation, and response and recovery planning and management.

In a world where simultaneous and dynamic emergencies are the new normal, individuals and organisations face ever more challenging situations. Standards in the sector are high but they need to be higher; employers are now demanding that emergency management practitioners are trained, qualified and accountable.

This postgraduate course has been externally reviewed by an external expert in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (UK Cabinet Office) and meets the requirements of government and other organisations, helping to ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge to deal with complex and large-scale emergencies upon successful completion of the course.

You may choose to study via our flexible route, undertaking one of our postgraduate certificates prior to ‘topping up’ to the full master’s degree.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of organisations with emergency response duties, including local government, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies, as well as private sector companies and consultancy.

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

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

 Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute

As part of this course you will undertake the professional development module, Leading Diverse Workforces which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2021-22 intake. Upon successful completion of the module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost. Further details can be found under the ‘course detail’ tab and on the Professional Development module homepage.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. Whilst Coventry University anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, the relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students of this change as soon as possible.

Study on campus

If you choose to attend our campus study option, you may be taught through a blend of online learning, timetabled lectures, tutorials and seminars, which could take place face-to-face with other students.

Study 100% online

You can choose to study remotely. You will have timetabled classes, online tutorials and seminars, with all your learning activities available on-demand so that you can learn at the best time and location for you.

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Course information

Employers recognise that the challenges found in postgraduate study positively change the way you analyse problems and create solutions. This course provides you with a space to network with others from a diverse range of experience and disciplines, to learn and apply concepts, theories and academic skills to professional practice.

This course can be studied on campus or 100% online. For on campus students, the course’s flexibility and delivery pattern of 4.5-day blocks per module enables full-time students to develop their knowledge alongside opportunities to gain practical experience. Alternatively, as a full-time student, you can study 100% online across a ten-week teaching period whilst also gaining practical experience in the workplace. The part-time route allows those already in emergency management to balance their studies with other work and life commitments and apply academic rigour to their practical experience.

Within this course you will explore the academic tools that enable the analysis and evaluation of emergencies, emergency management, emergency preparedness and emergency planning processes. The course is designed for current and future leaders, and approaches the subject from both tactical and strategic perspectives, so that you can go on to devise emergency preparedness capabilities including plans and emergency plan testing and training programmes relevant to the broad range of threats and risks faced within the UK and beyond. There will be opportunities to take part in training and exercises through simulated emergency scenarios in our state-of-the art, immersive Simulation Centre.

Using both legislative and best-practice approaches, you will examine the responsibilities of emergency response organisations (Category 1 and 2) and aligned organisations with a role to play in preparing for, and responding to, emergencies. These organisations include the emergency services, government, health services, the charitable sector and those who support Critical National Infrastructure, as well as a range of private businesses.

You will cover important legal and political frameworks of the UK, European and international emergency management sector, the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act, which established a new legislative framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom and has significantly increased the demand for professionals in this area.

Modules encompass the full cycle of risk management processes, using this to inform contingency planning; putting in place emergency plans; creating business continuity plans to ensure critical functions continue in the event of an emergency; developing communications plans to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency; and approaches to sharing information and co-operating with other local responders and national government to enhance coordination and efficiency. As part of this you’ll examine risk from all angles, whether that’s exploring mitigations for local flood management or the impact of international terrorism.

Responding to the pressure on central and local government to increase levels of preparedness and develop more effective responses to realised risks and threats, we additionally aim to support the development of your appreciation of community-based approaches to emergency planning and planning.

Finally, the course provides an understanding of the underlying issues faced by emergency planning and management practitioners, such as multi-agency cooperation and coordination, and leadership in times of emergency. You will look at how these issues may be addressed in practice, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of Integrated Emergency Management. Such approaches will be supported by an in-depth exploration of training and exercising, enabling you to develop substantial personnel and organisational resilience.

Coventry University was the first UK university to establish courses in disaster management and emergency planning over 20 years ago (Hulse & Moseley 1998) and is still a leading provider of Higher Education courses and Consultancy services in emergency and disaster management capabilities. We have more than 25 years of alumni who sit in senior positions in emergency management across the world.

As a Coventry University graduate, upon successful completion of the course you should have gained the skills you need to move your career in emergency preparedness and management forward, both in the UK and overseas. These skills and knowledge are transferable - dealing with risk, problem solving, decision making under uncertainty, team and leadership skills and place you in an enviable position to pursue a career in a wide range of public sector and industry occupations.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Emergency Planning & Preparedness
      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 for preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters. You will engage with approaches to construct, implement, test and evaluate a range of emergency and disaster preparedness arrangements across a broad scope of natural, social and technological hazards.
      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.
    • Integrated Emergency Management: Policy and Issues
      This module aims to equip you with the skills needed to analyse issues arising from the undertaking of activities to fulfil duties and responsibilities in relation to emergency management; and to enable you to acquire and apply knowledge and skills in order to prepare integrated arrangements for dealing with emergencies in the UK and other More Economically Developed Countries (MEDCs). Theories and concepts relevant to emergency management, including the role of the state and public policy, will be analysed in order to allow you to critically assess and evaluate emergency management policy and practice.
      An analysis of the concept of Integrated Emergency Management and its implications for the duties of the Civil Contingencies Act will be a particular area of focus. The module will facilitate your understanding of issues relevant to emergency management and will equip you with the knowledge to assess and evaluate emergency management practice in the UK and other MEDCs, in order that you may understand factors relevant to the effectiveness of emergency arrangements.
    • Community Preparedness, Recovery and Resilience
      Despite the recent popularity and frequent use of the community resilience concept in emergency and disaster management research and policy programmes, there is a confusing range of theoretical interpretations and an equally broad range of operational interpretations. This module aims to provide you with a high-level conceptual understanding of resilience and its relationship with preparedness and recovery activities done by and on behalf of communities. Through analysis of UK and international case studies, you will evaluate determinants of resilience and the role of professionals and communities in preparedness, recovery and resilience. Methods for engagement with community groups and the role of public service providers/NGOs will be critically assessed. Issues pertaining to sustainable approaches and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of resilience interventions will be emphasized.
    • Risk, Incident & 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 & Delivery
      This module aims to 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 & 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.

  • Semester 2

    • 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.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use. 

In more detail...

  • Be supported by expert staff, researchers and our wide-ranging alumni network who are active in the field, with extensive industrial and consultancy experience working for Category 1 and 2 responders, government agencies, businesses and NGOs.
  • Choose or switch to study either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Please see the course specification for further information.
  • Start in September, January or May.
  • Option to progress from the Postgraduate Certificate to the full MSc, taking into account the credits already achieved. Please see the course specification for further information.
  • Learn from guest speakers (subject to availability) who are experts in their field, providing insight into real-life scenarios.
  • Access to our award winning Simulation Centre with its 10m curved-screen immersive virtual training environment with XVR Simulation platform. Eight break-out rooms connected with audio and CCTV to the control room for operational, tactical and strategic simulations.
  • Enhance your career prospects and extend your industry network by studying with emergency planners, incident and crisis managers from the public, private and charitable sector, both in the UK and internationally.

Further develop your skills and knowledge in assessing and managing dynamic risks and security threats, community resilience, emergency planning, emergency response, command and control, crisis coordination, integrated emergency management, interoperability, learning theories and pedagogy for emergency management capabilities, stress management, leadership, governance and organisational systems, business continuity, complexity analysis, organisational resilience, training and exercise design, organisational adaptation and transformation.

Develop high-level analytical, decision-making and communication skills and make an immediate difference in the organisation where you work.

Modules can be studied either 100% online or as 4.5-day face-to-face events that provide the depth and rigour required for development, reflection and networking in this sector. Delivery is supported by our innovative online social learning platform, allowing you to undertake substantial parts of your study at home whether you are studying on campus or online,  where you can revisit classroom content and find additional materials. You also have access to our library's electronic resources 24/7, including thousands of books, ejournals and newspapers.

On this course you will be taught via:

  • lectures, seminars and discussion
  • practical sessions and workshops
  • simulation exercises
  • study visits*

Your working paper tutor will assist you in developing your study and research skills.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time.  

Please note that if you are an international student and apply for a visa to attend campus in the UK, you will be required to undertake the course on campus on a full-time basis. You must attend academic skills seminars during intervening weeks to fulfil UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For more information, visit our page on visa compliance.

* May be subject to availability, limited places and additional travel costs.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

Assessment for all modules is by 100% coursework.

This course is assessed using a variety of sector-appropriate methods which vary depending upon the module. All written assignments are submitted online and presentations can be recorded. Assessment methods include reports, proposals and business cases, presentations, posters etc. There are no exams.

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 should be able to:

  • Evaluate risk, its components and influencing factors, approaches to assessment, prioritisation and role in planning, managing and recovering from crises and emergencies.
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of policy and approaches for mitigating, preparing for, managing and recovering from emergencies or crises for responding agencies and organisations and affected communities.
  • Apply relevant approaches to assessing complexity and interaction and develop, monitor and evaluate resilience in processes, systems, organisations and communities at risk from known and emergent threats in a sustainable way.
  • Undertake detailed analysis of multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, cooperation and governance in all aspects of policy and strategy development, implementation and management at all scales.
  • Manage information, evaluate uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in knowledge, method and management, and make appropriate and defensible decisions.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of issues and challenges at the forefront of research and practice in emergencies and resilience.
  • Evaluate and use appropriate methods of enquiry and analysis, and progress good practice in the discipline over the course of their career.
  • Apply 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.

Each 15 credit module will consist of 150 hours of activities with typically about 30 hours of contact time associated. The activity time will be made up of a mixture of guided and self-guided study. Taught modules are normally delivered on campus in a block (typically 4.5 days delivery) or across a ten -week period when studying 100% online. The contact hours for this course will include a combination of, face-to face teaching such as lectures, small-group sessions, workshops, online classes and support sessions.

Students will have access to an experienced team of tutors and lecturers who will support their studies. Each module will have dedicated online content to support the learning.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

This course focuses on emergency and disaster management within an international context, drawing on case studies and the experience of agencies working in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

International, EU and UK students (dependant in intake of students each year) 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.

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. 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.

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 work experience/relevant professional development qualification’ please request information.

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. 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 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.

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 work experience/relevant professional development qualification’ 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


May 2022

£10,400


Scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.

Starts

Fee


May 2022

£16,600


Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University.

You can study this course on a part-time basis. The cost is based on the credits studied per year. For further information please contact our Admissions team.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation and activities.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The need to enhance resilience to emergencies, together with organisational duties arising from the Civil Contingencies Act continues to create a demand for qualified emergency planning and management professionals.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of organisations with emergency response duties, including local government, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies, as well as private sector companies.

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, 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 faculty’s employability and placements unit the Talent Team, 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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Graduates have secured roles in:

  • Local and national government, retail, manufacturing, automotive, nuclear, oil and gas, aviation
  • Emergency services and civil contingencies
  • Utility and Critical National Infrastructure organisations
  • Health services
  • City resilience
  • Financial sector
  • Risk and resilience consultancy
  • Humanitarian agencies and NGOs
  • Military
  • Flood management
  • (Re)insurance and risk management
  • Security and events industries

Disclaimer

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.

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.  In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2021/2022 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms.  The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance.  Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with Coventry University, a Student Contract will be formed between you and Coventry University. A copy of the student contract will be made available to you via the dedicated Admissions Teams, during the enquiry/application stage and upon enrolment. 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 with the University.

Postgraduate Home students
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, we may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

Postgraduate International students
The tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.