Disaster impacts and conflict reduce or reverse economic growth, diminish household capacity and plunge an ever-increasing number of people into poverty. Despite all our efforts, inequality continues to increase, as does our global population’s vulnerability to disaster.
Globally, more money is spent on disaster response and relief than on proactive risk reduction, despite more than 30 years of research and policy development which state the benefit of reducing risks before disaster strikes.
If you a looking to start your career in disaster management and humanitarian action, or currently work in a local or national government disaster management agency, an NGO or civil society organisation and need to further your career; this course could provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need.
Studied on campus or 100% online and learning from our team and alumni associates in disaster management, humanitarian assistance, capacity building and disaster risk reduction, this specialist master’s course encompasses up-to-date thinking in disaster theory, management policy, strategy and practice. The modules that comprise this course are specifically designed for those on the MSc Disaster Management and Resilience course.
Studied on campus or 100% online, this programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to identify, critically analyse, assess and successfully manage increasingly complex disasters, operating confidently in policy development, strategy implementation and response management.
Disaster management has been taught at Coventry for over 20 years. Recently reviewed and revised through consultation with the sector, this postgraduate course covers the advanced skills, knowledge and management expertise needed to deal effectively with the complex and dynamic disasters and chronic emergencies of the future, encouraging you to adopt a strategic and holistic perspective.
The overall aim is for you to be able to contribute to the strengthening of community, professional, organisational, national and international capacity to deal with complex multifactorial disasters, developing strategies which could increase resilience to acute and chronic threats to both economies and societies.
The current system for humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation is unlikely to be fit for the future. The transformation needed requires changes in social and economic structures in communities, government departments and NGOs, and changes in individual and organisational values, capabilities and choices. This course aims to help you identify the changes needed to alter existing power relations and recognise the social and political processes that constrain resilience.
During your studies, you should advance your skills in evaluating complex situations, developing creative and innovative solutions, and implementing lessons learned. There will be opportunities to take part in training and exercises through simulated emergency scenarios in our state-of-the art, immersive Simulation Centre.
You will have the opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, producing an industry facing working paper which should be of publishable quality.
Upon successful completion of the course, you should have an advanced understanding of concepts, theories policy and practice within the areas of risk, humanitarian practice, development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation so that you are better able to evaluate the activities of NGOs, government organisations, multilateral agencies and institutions and drive necessary improvements.
Why choose this course?
- Coventry University is one of the few higher education institutions that aims to provide a course which can be studied 100% online or in 4.5-day face-to-face module blocks on campus at postgraduate-level in order to provide the depth and rigour required for development, reflection and networking in this sector.
- A curriculum designed and mapped to industry standards.
- Coventry University is a leader in digital learning. This expertise is applied to our campus delivery, which is supported by our innovative online social learning platform, allowing you to undertake substantial parts of your study at home where you can revisit classroom delivery.
- Opportunities for recognition of prior learning and experience (RPL/RPEL) on a case-by-case basis (evidence required). Please see the course specification for further information.
- All assessments are designed to be of value to both you and your employer – no examinations.
- Our student-centred approach: Coventry University has been rated 5 Stars for Teaching Excellence and Employability (QS Stars 2020) and has been rated a top 15 UK university 5 years running (Guardian University Guide 2016-2020).
- Access to our library’s electronic resources 24/7, including thousands of books, ejournals and newspapers.
- Dedicated support for those who are new to Higher Education, or returning after a long break, with additional modules designed to transition you into postgraduate study and support you as you learn to research.
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.
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