Taught course

Emergency Management and Resilience

Institution
Coventry University · Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing
Qualifications
MSc

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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.

Months of entry

January

Course content

This programme 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 management.

Within this programme we explore the academic tools that enable the analysis and evaluation of emergencies, emergency plans and emergency planning processes, so that you can go on to devise emergency plans and emergency plan testing programmes relevant to the broad range of threats and risks faced within the UK and beyond.

You will cover important legal and political frameworks of the UK, European and international emergency and disaster management sector, giving special attention to 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.

This legislation imposed a clear set of roles and responsibilities on those Category 1 and 2 organisations with a role to play in preparing for and responding to emergencies, such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS bodies and those who develop and support Critical National Infrastructure. These include: assessing the risk of emergencies occurring and using this to inform contingency planning with production of a Community Risk Register; 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; sharing information and co-operating with other local responders to enhance coordination and efficiency.

The course also aims to provide you with an understanding of the issues that underlie many problems faced by emergency planning and management practitioners, such as multi-agency cooperation and coordination. We will look at how these issues may be addressed in practice, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of Integrated Emergency Management.

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 aim to support the development of your appreciation of community-based approaches to emergency planning and planning, as well as the concept of risk and its importance for organisational crisis and business continuity management.

You will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,200
International students
£14,700

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing
Email
infopoint.ss@coventry.ac.uk