Taught course

Emergency Planning and Management

Coventry University · Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing

Entry requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold at least a second class honours degree from a discipline relevant to the programme. Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or with a qualification in other subject areas will be individually considered. Applicants without a degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a professional development qualification, such as a Diploma in Emergency Planning, will also be considered for admission on merit. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 600 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Major emergencies in the UK, such as the fuel shortages, the foot and mouth epidemic of 2000, repeated widespread flooding, and the London bombings of 2005 have made clear the need for enhanced levels of resilience in the UK.

The MSc in Emergency Planning and Management is a taught course designed to provide students with an advanced level of understanding of concepts and evolving best practice in emergency planning and management.

Increased levels of preparedness and more effective responses to realised risks and threats also require an understanding of the issues that underlie many of the day-to-day problems faced by practitioners in the field of emergency planning and management.

This understanding, including how such issues may be addressed in practice, is necessary in order to increase the level of resilience of individual organisations, as well as the effectiveness of the integrated emergency management of disruptive challenges to the UK economy, society and security.
The course covers a range of subject areas, such as:

  • disaster theory and practice;
  • risk assessment;
  • emergency and disaster planning;
  • integrated emergency management practice and issues;
  • business continuity management;
  • the management of natural and environmental disasters;
  • GIS, science and services;
  • research design and methods;
  • dissertation topic.

A Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded following completion of four modules; a Postgraduate Diploma would require the successful completion of four additional modules (eight in total), and an MSc degree would also require the successful completion of a dissertation.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office:
Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Fees and funding

For Coventry University graduates there is an alumni discount of £500, there are also Postgraduate Merit Scholarships available to UK students of £1000 towards tuition fees - please visit website for more information and criteria

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-30 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

UK - Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44(0)24 7765 4321
+ 44 (0)2476 88 8609