Disaster and Emergency Management BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

N252

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Course code:

N252

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

EECU065

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

As the world faces an increasing number of natural and anthropogenic disasters as well as complex emergencies such as food, insecurity and conflict, the need for effective disaster risk reduction and management has become a global challenge.

As urbanisation, globalisation and climate change impact low and middle income countries, the improvement of national and international disaster management systems has become a priority. In higher income countries where national disaster and emergency management systems and processes are well defined, there are still considerable challenges to address in terms of preparedness, co-ordinated response and recovery. There is much work to do.

Disaster and emergency management professionals play a critical role in lessening the impact of human, technological and environmental catastrophes. Professionals work with numerous partners to quickly and accurately assess situations and communities affected, advising on all aspects of response and recovery, as well as future prevention or management strategies.

Coventry University was the first UK university to establish courses in disaster management and emergency planning over 20 years ago (Hulse & Moseley 1998). Since introducing these first courses, Coventry University has continued to develop and adapt courses as the sector, and the wider world within which we work, has evolved.

This Course is mapped against the UK National Resilience Standards, National Occupational Standards in Civil Contingencies and Charter for Humanitarian Standards.

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

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

Lectures have been enjoyable to work with and the modules covered in the first year provide a good introduction into the world of Disaster Management & Emergency Planning. The staff on the course are very friendly and always willing to provide academic advice and Guidance. My Placement advisor within the EEC Futures Team provided me with useful tips on enhancing my online portfolio.

Daniel Bates, BSc (Hons) Disaster Management and Emergency Planning, second year student

Please note that this student was a student of a previous course, BSc (Hons) Disaster Management and Emergency Planning, which is no longer taught at Coventry University. Various modules and course content from the previous course is now part of the new BSc (Hons) Disaster & Emergency Management course.

Course information

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge to identify, critically analyse, assess, respond to and recover from a growing range of crisis, emergency and disaster situations and to operate confidently in practitioner, policy and management sectors.

Upon successful completion of this course, you could be involved in dealing with a broad range of situations including environmental disasters (floods, hurricanes, earthquakes); technological disasters (industrial accidents, large-scale fires, transport disruption); complex emergencies (conflict, pandemics) or business continuity and risk.

This course is fully updated for 2020 entry and clearly reflects today’s focus on community-practitioner engagement, sustainability, disaster risk reduction and resilience.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

In your first year with us you will be introduced to the key terms, models and frameworks in disaster and emergency management and planning, reviewing established practice and academic literature. You will consider a varied range of pivotal disaster and emergency case studies, both from the UK and overseas, to illustrate the interaction of factors that influence hazards, threats, vulnerability and risk.

Modules

  • DISASTER!

  • Disaster Management and Humanitarian Practice

  • EMERGENCIES!

  • Organisations and Management in Disasters

  • Independent project

  • Academic Skills for Disaster and Emergency Management

  • Employment Skills for Disaster and Emergency Management

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The second year of the course provides you with the opportunity to analyse ways in which risk can be mitigated, reduced and prepared for. Processes and practice are considered from both higher and lower income contexts. By the end of the year we aim for you to have sufficient knowledge to gain a placement in disaster risk reduction, development, emergency planning or business continuity; an option that many of our students choose to pursue.

Modules

  • Preparedness

  • RISK!

  • Organisational Resilience

  • Multi-disciplinary / collaborative project

  • International Fieldwork

  • Mitigation and Sustainability

  • Further Professional Skills

  • Further Research Skills

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or to study abroad*. Many of our students choose to do this, and it is a great opportunity to put into practice all the skills and knowledge you have acquired on your course so far.

*Please note that placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Modules

  • Professional Training

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year of the course provides you with the opportunity to consider higher level theoretical perspectives and their application to practice. In addition, you will evaluate the strategic, policy and governance challenges to mainstreaming disaster risk management and resilience holistically and sustainably in a rapidly changing world.

Upon completion of the course we aim for you to have acquired and practiced a wide range of skills that should position you at the vanguard of the sector.

Modules

  • Building Resilient Communities

  • Global and Comparative Field Studies

  • Global Futures, Safety and Security

  • Final Year Project

  • Ethics, Governance and Resilience

  • Advanced Professional Skills

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom in The Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Consistently excellent track record in employability (visit Unistats for further details)
  • Opportunity to take part in training exercises in Coventry University’s advanced Crisis Simulation Centre to develop your skills in responding to emergencies in ‘real-time’.
  • The opportunity to develop and hone your field operations skills; in North Wales in your first year (costs covered in course fees) and through an international field trip in your second and final years (subject to additional costs and meeting appropriate visa requirements.)
  • Strong portfolio of industry-related research.
  • Taught by staff with industry experience in international disaster preparedness and response, many are active in setting standards for disaster management nationally and one is a member of The Emergency Planning Society’s Education Committee.
  • First UK University to teach disaster management degrees with an extensive alumni network active in industry.
  • Example organisations our students have worked with during their optional professional placement year include 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.

Your main study themes are:

  • Key concepts in disaster and emergency management: Provides an overview of the nature of disasters and an understanding of natural and human-made phenomena that may pose a threat to people, as well as to the natural and built environments. This course takes both an international and UK-based perspective. We will study the distinct approaches to disaster and emergency intervention in more developed and less developed countries considering international disaster response and preparedness, the work of NGOs and other humanitarian agencies, and exploring linkages with sustainable development. We will also look at how emergencies are managed in the UK, focusing on the statutory duties, statutory and non-statutory guidance arising from the UK and European legislative framework for emergencies, in particular, The Civil Contingencies Act. You will become familiar with the processes necessary for integrated emergency management, with an opportunity to practise implementing these processes, in particular, the preparation of emergency plans, exercises and training programmes.
  • Risk assessment and warning:We confront a range of natural hazards, and anthropogenic industrial, economic and environmental threats. Within this context, you will be introduced to the theoretical principles, tools and techniques which underpin risk management, how to use quantitative and empirical analysis to predict and assess risk, along with wider discussions of governance and ethical practice.
  • Humanitarian relief and interventions/Incident, crisis and continuity management:we will examine the organisation and management of humanitarian agencies and emergency response actors, their changing roles internationally and locally and the processes used to identify and then target resources in acute situations. We focus on key issues relating to operating in increasingly complex contexts. We will consider the ethical challenges inherent in humanitarian operations, as well as issues such as sustainability. We will examine the principles, practices, terminologies and theories associated with incident command, business continuity and crisis management. Incidents, disruptions and crises cause varying degrees of problems within the normal functioning of everyday processes, systems and activities. Effective planning and response requires appropriate decision making, good communications, finely tuned stakeholder management, adaptive management practices, and responsive governance systems. Critical incidents can spill over into political, economic, social, technical, legal and environmental domains. However, they can have a positive impact, if managed well, on the operational, financial, brand, share price, reputations and trust in public, private and not for profit organisations.
  • Post disaster recovery and links to future development:We look at the issues associated with the transition from recovery to development in a post-disaster context. You will develop your knowledge and skills with regards reconstruction of housing, infrastructure, alternative energy sources and critical scientific, managerial and social considerations for interventions in the cycle of pre-disaster, post-disaster and development, within a risk-reduction framework. Particular emphasis will be placed on sustainability and sustainable development concepts.

This course 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 your second and third year of study. Placements and study abroad opportunities are arranged by the student with support of faculty, and may be subject to competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

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 (including in our advanced Simulation Centre), 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 firmly believe in learning by doing, so you will regularly undertake fieldwork. There is fieldwork included at every level of study, through a long standing partnership with Outreach Training Centre in Wales in your first year (costs included in course fees), and then through two international field trips in subsequent years (locations are regularly reviewed, our current final year field work module visits various locations in Turkey). Optional international field trips are subject to application, additional costs and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

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.

We encourage you to join one of our student societies, such as the International Disaster Concern Society (£5 membership per year), which may provide further opportunities to gain real experience of working in the humanitarian sector. In the past the Society has organised trips to Tanzania, and to large-scale emergency exercises, as well as organising additional guest speakers. Please note that these activities and any associated additional costs are student-led and independent of the disaster and emergency management course.

This course also gives you the chance to apply for a professional placement in your third year. In the past, students have gone to work for the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, RedR India, Oxfam GB, Halcrow Group Ltd, All Hands, Lloyds Register, the Catholic Overseas Development Agency (CAFOD), IBM, Fujitsu, Octo Crisis Management, Clearview Continuity Software and Local Authority Emergency Planning Units.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework reports, essays, practicals, presentations, posters, formal examinations, and project work.

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 of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse a range of historical events, conceptual perspectives, models of, and factors which, influence hazard, vulnerability and risk. Apply these and related terms appropriately in various disaster, emergency and crisis related contexts.
  • Analyse the benefits and limitations of a range of approaches to risk assessment and utilise them appropriately.
  • Evaluate the benefits and challenges of implementing effective risk mitigation.
  • Critique approaches to managing residual risks via preparedness systems and emergency planning and propose good practice approaches.
  • Assess the need for organisational resilience and good governance in effective disaster, emergency and crisis management.
  • Evaluate and apply community centred frameworks for resilience, sustainability and development.
  • Have the ability to work effectively with others within the context of multidisciplinary, multiagency teams, respecting inputs from fellow professionals, beneficiaries and other stakeholders and to reflect on one's own performance and role within the team.
  • Develop and apply technical and analytical skills to develop practical solutions to challenges faced in disaster and development contexts.
  • Become an independent learner, demonstrating high level communication, ethics, research and evaluation skills.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 16 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of small group teaching each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminar each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition to this we would anticipate that students will undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week.

Disasters and emergencies occur all over the world, as such the field as a whole is international in outlook in many ways. Even if you intend to practice in the UK, there are lessons that can be learned from consideration of international case studies and comparing them to practice in the UK. This course will equip you to work in a range of related careers either nationally or internationally.

International fieldwork is a key component in the second and final years of the course. These locations are regularly reviewed (as an example our current final year field trip visits various locations around Turkey).

Additionally, many of our students choose to take a placement in industry in-between their second and final years. A number of these placements each year will be in international placements. In recent years students have done placements in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Malta and numerous locations around the UK to name but a few.

Please note that placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

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 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

University Course Code: EECU011
A Level BTEC L3 Dip Access Dip GCSEs
ABB - BCC DDD - DMM 30 L3 credits at Merit 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 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.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 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.

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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.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£14,500 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

Course essentials – additional costs

Please note that international field trips, placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements (however funding may be provided by the university to subsidise some of the cost). The UK field trip in your first year is fully funded by the 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

Our blend of academic and practical study seeks to provide you with a specialist understanding of all aspects of disaster management, as well as the specific emergency planning and management skills needed to prepare you for employment in this sector.

The course aims to develop 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 EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will provide assistance to help you find an appropriate placement.

Our graduates have secured employment in the public or private sector working for organisations, including the Red Cross UK and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and security consultancies, industrial and aviation companies, local and regional emergency services, the uniformed services, NHS and the Environment Agency to name but a few.

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.

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers, security consultancies, industrial and aviation companies, local and regional emergency services, the uniformed services, NHS, the Environment Agency, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, RedR India, Oxfam GB, Halcrow Group Ltd, All hands, Lloyds Register, The Catholic Overseas Development Agency (CAFOD) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 

What our students say...

My course is focused around building knowledge and necessary skills for a career across a range of areas. I absolutely love it.

Thomas Hawkins, BSc (Hons) Disaster Management and Emergency Planning, graduated 2019

Please note that this student was a student of a previous course, BSc (Hons) Disaster Management and Emergency Planning, which is no longer taught at Coventry University. Various modules and course content from the previous course is now part of the new BSc (Hons) Disaster & Emergency Management course.
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 University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/21 course fees have not yet been determined by the University, however once confirmed the course webpage will be updated accordingly. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee and/or check the fee contained your offer letter before you accept your place and enrol at Coventry University.

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