Crisis and Disaster Management, M.Sc. | University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
12 months
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This course offers an exciting opportunity to learn about environmental and manmade hazards, vulnerability and risk, planning and logistics, disaster response and crisis management. You’ll develop your skills as a confident, professional emergency planner and responder, able to manage people and situations in the field.

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Uniquely to Portsmouth, students take part in SIMEX – the UK’s largest annual international disaster response simulation exercise – for responders and agencies to practise and learn from disaster response.

You'll graduate with the skills you need for a successful career in the emergency planning and disaster management and response, either in the governmental or non-governmental sectors, anywhere in the world. You'll also get transferable skills in project planning, data analysis and communication, putting you in a strong position to pursue a career in other industries.

Course highlights

  • Learn new skills including disaster management techniques, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing for mapping, social surveying methods, approaches to risk analysis, and the design of emergency management training exercises
  • Be supported by expert staff and practitioners 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 final project based on your experience
  • Take part in field training with UK and international emergency services, the military and NGOs, building your skills in emergency management, disaster response and safety issues within hazardous environments
  • Gain transferable skills such as project planning, data analysis, report writing, team work, presentation and communication
  • Hear from experts with organisations such as the Red Cross, NHS, local authorities, the Environment Agency, the Met Office, the armed forces, Oil Spill Response, NGOs, humanitarian and United Nations agencies
  • Careers our graduates have progressed into include emergency management and response for 'blue light' services (police, ambulance, coast guard, fire and rescue), city and county council contingency planning, the oil industry, and as risk management and continuity specialists in business

Careers and opportunities

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 anywhere in the world. The research and analytical components of the course, will support you in applying research positions, for example at PhD level.

Graduates of this course have gone into areas such as:

  • 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
  • Epidemiology

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Built environment lecturer
  • Auditor
  • Technical adviser
  • Emergency planning and resilience officer
  • Business resistence executive
  • Catastrophe analyst
  • Civil contingencies officer
  • Emergency planning and resilience officer
  • Policy and international engagement advisor
  • Technical adviser

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Disaster Management Techniques and Study Visits - 30 credits

    Disasters: Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk - 30 credits

    Emergency Management and Planning - 30 credits

    Research Project - 60 credits

    Humanitarian Action and Response - 30 credits

    Crisis Management and Governance - 30 credits

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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Academic requirements

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Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

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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