On this course, you'll learn about topics such as hazards, vulnerability and the risk of disaster, crisis management and humanitarian responses, all underpinned by the practical aspects of an emergency situation, including planning and logistics.
You'll graduate with the skills you need for a successful career in the emergency planning and disaster management sector, either in the UK or overseas. You'll also get transferable skills in project planning, data reviewing and communication, putting you in a strong position to pursue a career in other industries.
What you’ll experience
- Learn new skills including disaster risk reduction techniques, and mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies
- Be supported by expert staff and researchers who are active in the field, with extensive industrial and consultancy experience working for government agencies, businesses and NGOs
- Have the opportunity to complete a work placement with an emergency planning, crisis management or disaster response organisation and complete a personal project based on your work experience
- Take part in study visits and field training with UK emergency services, the military and NGOs
- Gain transferable skills such as project planning, data reviewing, report writing, team work and presentation
Work experience and career planning
When you graduate, you'll have the knowledge and practical skills needed for a career in the emergency planning, crisis management or disaster response sectors, both in the UK and overseas. Opportunities exist within sectors including:
- Humanitarian agencies and NGOs
- Emergency management
- Emergency logistics and contingency planning
- Flood management
- Military-civilian emergency liaisons
- (Re)insurance and risk management
- Utility companies
- Civil defence
- Disaster relief
The MSc Crisis and Disaster Management degree course also features research and analytical components, ideal if you are interested in pursuing further research at PhD level.
We'll give you as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
You'll get the opportunity to undertake voluntary work placements within emergency planning or disaster management organisations in the UK or overseas. In most cases these placements will form the basis of your research project. This will be beneficial to your studies, but it’s also a great way to gain valuable work experience.
Many students have undertaken their research project abroad, in destinations including the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Montserrat, Sierra Leone, Tenerife, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.
We'll help you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field of crisis and disaster management, or elsewhere.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
Teaching and programme assessment
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical sessions
- simulation exercises
- study visits
You'll be assessed through:
- 3,000 word illustrated reports
- poster and oral presentations
- literature reviews and research proposals
- individual research project
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- Disasters: Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk
- Emergency Management and Planning
- Disaster Management Techniques and Study Visits
- Research Project
- Crisis Management and Governance
- Humanitarian Emergency Response and Recovery
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- September 2022
DisciplinesManagement Studies Emergency & Disaster Management View 43 other Masters in Emergency & Disaster Management in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- A second class honours degree or equivalent, preferably with some relevant work experience in the emergency services or humanitarian sectors. Applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
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Living costs for Portsmouth
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.