Taught course

Shelter After Disaster

Oxford Brookes University · School of Architecture

Entry requirements

If you wish to apply you should fulfil one or more of the following conditions: hold an approved undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Or hold a relevant recognised diploma or professional qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. human rights, development practice, humanitarianism, architecture, planning, environmental psychology, public health, geography, public administration). Or if you do not have a degree or other qualification you can be accepted onto the course if you have have substantial and proven field experience within a relevant area, eg with an NGO.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the programme is to develop reflective practitioners who combine understanding of practical and strategic issues of development and emergency practice with an appreciation of the wider political context in which they operate.

This is a programme that combines development, humanitarian practice and the role of the practitioner intervening in post disaster reconstruction.

The course is organised on a modular credit system. Modules combine a ratio of taught to self-led study. For example a module of 20 credits approximates to 200 hours of student effort, up to 40 hours of which will be devoted to lectures, seminars or individual tutorials. The remainder of the time is devoted to student-led study. 60 credits are required to complete the PG Cert. Of these the core module accounts for 20 credits, while the extra 40 credits are achieved through a combination of 10 and 20 credit modules. An introduction on the first day of the programme will enable you to make a more informed choice of modules to take. The timetable is structured to minimise the likelihood that two related modules will run at the same time but clashes are not always avoidable.

The Modules on the course are:

Shelter after Disaster (20 Credits) - core module;
Practice of Theory: Tools and Methods (20 Credits);
Disasters, Risk, Vulnerability and Climate Change (20 Credits);
Learning Practice Masterclass (10 Credits);
Working with Conflict: Practical Skills and Strategies (10 Credits).

Our courses are reviewed regularly and are responsive to the needs and priorities of shelter practice. The list of modules may not be exactly as above but will be covering areas of study relevant to shelter.

Courses run by some of our partners which Brookes credit rates, can be used as credit towards this programme. RedR and IFRC courses are currently credit rated and we are working on similar partnerships. You can be exempted for up to 40 out of the 60 modules if you have taken these courses. Please get in touch with us if you would like further details

In addition to modules the programme organises many optional events, including PhD research seminars within the School of Architecture, student-led seminar series and occasional lectures. As well as the formal teaching content, the high quality of the student experience is an essential aspect of the programme. Students usually keep in touch after the course has ended via alumni links, where job opportunities are often shared. The PG Cert in Shelter after Disaster is offered as a standalone award wherein you take joint modules also available to students attending the Master's degree in Development and Emergency Practice (DEP). The programme has an average of 35-40 students, usually from over 20 countries, with a wide diversity of backgrounds. You will also benefit from interacting with a wider cohort of development and emergency practitioners.

Information for international students

At least 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 across all four components of the test.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483230