Coventry University - Emergency Management and Resilience MSc

Coventry University

Emergency Management and Resilience MSc

In a world where complex and dynamic emergencies are commonplace, individuals and organisations face ever-more challenging situations. Standards in the sector are high, and supporting this professionalism, employers are now demanding that emergency management practitioners are trained, qualified and accountable.

With the flexibility to study 100% on-campus, 100% online or a blend of on-campus and online, this course is designed to enable you to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to anticipate, assess, mitigate, critically analyse, prepare, plan for and successfully respond to a range of emergencies and major incidents; operating confidently in policy development, strategy implementation, and response and recovery planning and management.

  • This postgraduate course has been externally reviewed by an external expert from 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.
  • 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 immersive Simulation Centre.

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or professional experience only will be individually considered and will usually be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course.

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

Career Prospects

Upon 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. By Apply the skills demanded to research, evaluate high-level material 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.

Our part-time students are often sponsored by their employers, and successful completion of this postgraduate level qualification could provide the credibility needed to progress in your organisation and career.

Course Details

Modules encompass the full cycle of risk management processes, using this to inform contingency planning; anticipating and assessing the risk of emergencies; 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 leadership, 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 different angles, whether that’s exploring mitigations for local flood management or the impact of international terrorism.

All modules are offered on a rolling basis at least once every eight months, ensuring that for part-time students, modules can be approached flexibly and fitted around the demands of full-time employment. Part-time students can select up to six modules in Year One, with the remainder completed in Year Two

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.

Year One

• Emergency Planning and Preparedness
• Integrated Emergency Management: Policy and Issues
• Community Preparedness, Recovery and Resilience
• Risk, Incidents and Leadership
• Training and Exercise Design and Delivery
• Foresight, Insight and Strategy
• Research Perspectives and Practice
• Business Continuity and Crisis Management
• Supporting Transition to Postgraduate Study
• Preparing to Research
• Working Paper
• Leading Diverse Workforces

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