Disaster Management and Resilience MSc can develop your existing skills to help you manage risk and respond to disasters, food insecurity and conflict.
If you are interested in careers focused on disaster intervention or are a current practitioner seeking to update your knowledge 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.
This programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop 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.
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 in the future, developing strategies which will increase our resilience to risks and threats to both economies and societies.
Why choose this course?
The world in recent years has witnessed a steady rise in social and economic cost of weather-related and geological natural disasters, such as the recent floods in India, South America and East Africa the earthquakes in Nepal, Indonesia, China and Mexico. More significantly as the in-country capacity of many nations is developed to deal with disasters, international agencies are left to deal with the most complex and protracted emergencies resulting in food insecurity, famine and conflict in case study locations such as the recent West African droughts and the famine in Yemen.
Increasingly, an integrated global disaster response is called for, spanning multiple agencies and often many nations and governments. Responding agencies and their staff are facing new levels of complexity when trying to deal effectively with the management of large-scale, cross-country disasters.
This Master’s course aims to reflect the growing need for disaster managers to have practical solutions and be responsive and innovative in identifying, assessing and managing risks, hazards, emergencies and disasters. Broadly-based, it covers a range of exciting and relevant topics within the interdisciplinary field of disaster management. Focusing on the theoretical, policy and operational aspects of disaster management, we aim to use international case studies, guest speakers and workshops to illustrate how applied and theoretical knowledge complement each other.
International experience opportunities
This course focuses on disaster management within an international context, drawing on case studies and the experience of agencies working across the world. In the past practitioners from a range of NGOs such as Practical Action, Oxfam, Helpage International, Islamic Relief, have led a workshop sharing some of the activities and approaches they are employing.
The course aims to enable you to develop your skills in problem-solving, teamwork and leadership, project management and communication, all of which are qualities employers demand
Our part-time students are often sponsored by their employers and our graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations, including, governments, NGOs and private sector organisations.
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.