Coventry University - MSc Emergency Management and Resilience

Coventry University

MSc Emergency Management and Resilience

Studied on campus or 100% online, this course 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 planning and management.

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In a world where simultaneous and dynamic emergencies are the new normal, individuals and organisations face ever more challenging situations. Standards in the sector are high but they need to be higher; employers are now demanding that emergency management practitioners are trained, qualified and accountable.

This postgraduate course has been externally reviewed by an external expert in 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.

You may choose to study via our flexible route, undertaking one of our postgraduate certificates prior to ‘topping up’ to the full master’s degree.

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 and consultancy.

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or with a qualification in other subject areas will be individually considered and will usually be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course.

Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or with a qualification in other subject areas will be individually considered and will usually be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course. Applicants without a first degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a relevant professional development qualification, will also be considered for admission to the Programme, on merit. Such applicants will be interviewed and may be required to provide supportive evidence of their career to date.

This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Career Prospects

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 faculty’s employability and placements unit the Talent Team, 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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Graduates have secured roles in:

  • Local and national government, retail, manufacturing, automotive, nuclear, oil and gas, aviation
  • Emergency services and civil contingencies
  • Utility and Critical National Infrastructure organisations
  • Health services
  • City resilience
  • Financial sector
  • Risk and resilience consultancy
  • Humanitarian agencies and NGOs
  • Military
  • Flood management
  • (Re)insurance and risk management
  • Security and events industries

Course Details

Employers recognise that the challenges found in postgraduate study positively change the way you analyse problems and create solutions. This course provides you with a space to network with others from a diverse range of experience and disciplines, to learn and apply concepts, theories and academic skills to professional practice.

This course can be studied on campus or 100% online. For on campus students, the course’s flexibility and delivery pattern of 4.5-day blocks per module enables full-time students to develop their knowledge alongside opportunities to gain practical experience. Alternatively, as a full-time student, you can study 100% online across a ten-week teaching period whilst also gaining practical experience in the workplace. The part-time route allows those already in emergency management to balance their studies with other work and life commitments and apply academic rigour to their practical experience.

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 state-of-the art, immersive Simulation Centre.

Using both legislative and best-practice approaches, you will examine the responsibilities of emergency response organisations (Category 1 and 2) and aligned organisations with a role to play in preparing for, and responding to, emergencies. These organisations include the emergency services, government, health services, the charitable sector and those who support Critical National Infrastructure, as well as a range of private businesses.

You will cover important legal and political frameworks of the UK, European and international emergency management sector, 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.

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

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 additionally aim to support the development of your appreciation of community-based approaches to emergency planning and planning.

Finally, 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. Such approaches will be supported by an in-depth exploration of training and exercising, enabling you to develop substantial personnel and organisational resilience.

Coventry University was the first UK university to establish courses in disaster management and emergency planning over 20 years ago (Hulse & Moseley 1998) and is still a leading provider of Higher Education courses and Consultancy services in emergency and disaster management capabilities. We have more than 25 years of alumni who sit in senior positions in emergency management across the world.

As a Coventry University graduate, upon successful completion of the course you should have gained the skills you need to move your career in emergency preparedness and management forward, both in the UK and overseas. These skills and knowledge are transferable - dealing with risk, problem solving, decision making under uncertainty, team and leadership skills and place you in an enviable position to pursue a career in a wide range of public sector and industry occupations.

Semester 1

Emergency planning & preparedness
Integrated emergency management: policy and issues
Community preparedness, recovery and resilience
Risk, incident & leadership
Training and exercise design & delivery
Resilience, security & emerging technologies

Semester 2

Research perspectives and practice
Business continuity and crisis management
Supporting transition to postgraduate study
Preparing to research
Working paper

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