This programme 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 management.
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 aim to support the development of your appreciation of community-based approaches to emergency planning and planning, as well as the concept of risk and its importance for organisational crisis and business continuity management.
You will have the chance to analyse and evaluate emergency plans and emergency planning processes, so that you can go on to devise emergency plans and emergency plan testing programmes of your own. We cover important legal and political frameworks of the UK, European and international emergency and disaster management sector, giving special attention to 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.
This legislation imposed a clear set of roles and responsibilities on those organisations with a role to play in preparing for and responding to emergencies, such as the emergency services, local authorities and NHS bodies. These include: assessing the risk of emergencies occurring and using this to inform contingency planning with production of a Community Risk Register; 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; sharing information and co-operating with other local responders to enhance coordination and efficiency;
The course also aims to provide you with an understanding of the issues that underlie many problems faced by emergency planning and management practitioners, such as multi-agency cooperation and coordination. We will look at how these issues may be addressed, in practice with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of Integrated Emergency Management.
You will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area.
Why choose this course?
Whether you are currently working in emergency planning or are seeking to enter this potentially life-saving field, this course aims to enable you to develop the skills and expertise to work in a range of organisations with emergency response duties, such as local government, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies, as well as private sector companies.
Course content is broad-based to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the subject. For example, as well as being taught current and evolving techniques and tactics used to plan, prepare or respond to national emergencies, we will also cover critically appraising relevant technical data and information.
Students will have the chance to learn about behavioural theory at an organisational and individual level, providing an opportunity to develop a wide range of interpersonal, communication and leadership skills to help students develop and run appropriate training initiatives and coordinate the work of multi-agency teams.
Over 20 years ago, Coventry was one of the first UK universities to offer courses in the areas of disaster management and emergency planning. Our goal is to work with current and future practitioners to improve the effectiveness of integrated emergency management within the UK.
Members of our teaching team have practical experience and have carried out research in emergency planning and management. This includes emergency planning for high hazard industrial sites, preparing for and managing mass gathering events, risk mapping and the preparation of response frameworks for mass evacuation, and the design and running of simulated emergency exercises.
We aim to draw from our own experience, as well as real-life case studies, to help you link the theories of emergency planning and management that you learn, to their application within actual local, national and international contexts.
International experience opportunities
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 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.
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 award-winning Faculty careers service, 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 wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.