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MSc Disaster Management (CPD)

The MSc Disaster Management allows you to achieve a postgraduate Masters qualification whilst maintaining current rols and responsibilities.


The Masters is delivered as a part time programme both here in the UK and internationally. Each taught unit comprises five days of lectures and exercises followed by a period of online developmental activity and tutoring; then the submission of an assignment.


The MSc Disaster Management has been designed so that you can learn to:


Promote disaster management planning within wider security and development strategies.


Participate in, and encourage, the development of risk reduction and resilience strategies including mitigating hazards and reducing vulnerability.


Participate in, and encourage, integrated planning between relevant civilian and military organisations as well as community groups.


Develop effective major incident management systems to respond quickly to, and recover from, a range of disasters when they occur.


Understand the roles and responsibilities of external agencies involved in disaster management as part of a collaborative and collective enterprise.


Develop individual skills in communication and learning to assist in the exploitation and implementation of lessons identified from previous disaster events.


To find out more or to apply for this course please contact Lauren Jarrad.

Course Units:


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Developing Policies and Plans CPD1

(core unit);

You will be introduced to the importance of sound disaster management plans and frameworks. Internationally, many nations still do not have developed disaster management plans, and this unit has been developed over several years, and in multiple countries, to assist national governments and their agencies to address this vital issue. The principles of this unit underpin each of the subsequent units.


Management of Technological, Social and Intentional Disasters CPD2 (option unit);

This unit focusses on the nature and types of man-made (human instigated) hazards, including those on land, air and sea alongside such issues as crowd safety and industrial accidents. Taking a case study approach, you will evaluate the lessons learned from recent reports and complete a strategic level multi-hazard planning and response exercise as part of a group.


Management of Natural Disasters CPD3

(option unit);

You will examine the complexities of natural hazards and learn to evaluate the management issues associated with such hazards, and how these can be applied to major incident management, risk reduction and recovery and national planning.


Management of External Assistance CPD4

(option unit);

Introduces you to the challenges that arise when external assistance is offered to, or received by another country. Using a developing set of scenarios, students explore the issues as a deployed team offering external assistance to a country faced with a number of natural hazards. The unit concludes by then applying those lessons identified to a national plan.


Management of Wider Stakeholders – Travel and Tourism CPD5 (option unit);

You will develop an understanding of the unique needs and critical resources of the Travel and Tourism sectors and consider the management issues associated with integrating Travel and Tourism into a national disaster management framework including risk reduction, response and recovery.


Management of Communications and Learning CPD6

(core unit);

Teaches you how to communicate learning in effective and attractive ways; gaining the interest of audiences, drawing upon audience experience and knowledge, winning audience cooperation for greater integrated activities, and creating relevant participatory exercises from academic and practical-based literature to help turn lessons identified into lessons learned.


Public Health Resilience and Response CPD7

(option unit);

Throughout this unit you will examine public health resilience and response strategies, within the context of disaster management. Looking at current national and international best practice drawn from a combination of academic and professional practitioner approaches to healthcare resilience, you will learn methods for establishing effective healthcare emergency preparedness, resilience and response systems.

Foreign Policy Analysis & Crisis Management CPD8

(option unit);

This unit focusses on the concepts and theories of foreign policy analysis relevant to disaster management. You will consider the diplomatic dimensions of international disaster and crisis management and evaluate key issues and challenges shaping the formulation and implementation of foreign policy in relation to crises and disasters.


Disaster Management for Business Professionals CPD9

(option unit);

You will gain a detailed appreciation of the concepts, theories, challenges and practices of the private sector when preparing for, responding to and recovering from crises and disasters. The unit has a particular focus on how international disaster management contributes to business resilience in both theory and practice.



Our disaster management training programme allows students to achieve certification in increments and in a manner that reflects their abilities and requirements.


PG Cert – on successful completion of three units (two core units: Developing Policies and Plans

CPD1 and Management of Communications and Learning

CPD6, plus one optional unit) students will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Disaster Management


PG Dip – on successful completion of six units (two core units: Developing Policies and Plans CPD1 and Management of Communications and Learning CPD6, plus four optional units) students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Disaster Management.


MSc – on successful completion of six units (two core units: Developing Policies and Plans CPD1 and Management of Communications and Learning CPD6, plus four optional units) and an extended essay of 15,000 words, students will be awarded a Masters in Disaster Management.


Our aim is to develop each individual to achieve his or her full potential within the course. We believe that our innovative pathway, combined with the BU learning support strategy, will ensure that each student will be able to achieve a high-quality certification at whatever level their ability allows.


Tuition Fees 2018-19

UK, EU & Channel Islands £6,750

International (non-EU) £14,000

Fees stated are for September 2019 entry.


Part-time study: Your tuition fees will be charged on a pro-rata basis of the full time fee.