Taught course

International Disaster Management

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, or its international equivalent. We will consider graduates from all disciplines as the programme is interdisciplinary. Each application is judged on its own merits. Exceptions to formal entry requirements will be considered if an applicant has relevant professional or work experience, and can demonstrate an aptitude to postgraduate research. Please contact the HCRI for further guidance.

Months of entry


Course content

International disaster events have resulted in an enormous amount of economic losses as well as substantial loss of life. The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the Indian Ocean tsunami illustrate how these events can affect both industrialised and developing countries. Effective Disaster Management does not focus solely on the response to hazardous events; rather it takes into account appropriate preparatory actions including organisational resilience, public preparedness and mitigation strategies.

This course will enable students to understand current multi-disipliniary theory concerning disaster management for both natural and man-made events. This will include analysis of managerial constructs of disaster events (disaster cycle) for a wide range of case studies and cross-disaster analysis to discuss management of these events. Practical risk-based management tools common in medicine, business & disaster planning will then be taught along with their application to risk assessments & policy analysis.

Using close ties to the University of Manchester Medical School, this course will also build on international actions taken by aid organisations to limit damage caused by these catastrophic events. In this way insights can be provided specifically from the health-care officials and their contribution to disaster management actions.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain: Overall IELTS score of 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or 620 in the TOEFL written test or 260 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE) or 103 in the internet-based TOEFL

Fees and funding

Visit the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute website for information on available scholarships and bursaries

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)
+ 44 (0)161 275 0464