Taught course

Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief)

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

Entry requirements

The entry will be managed by our partners in Hong Kong Polytechnic working in tandem with the HCRI staff. The criteria will be the ones currently applied on our existing online provisions:

  • 2.ii or equivalent in a relevant degree;
  • 7 IELTS grade 6.5 (with a minimum score of writing score of 7) or 100% in the ITOEFL;

The University Admissions policy permits flexibility, in exceptional cases, to admit individual students to the Diploma without a degree but with relevant experience. This will be done in accordance with very clear criteria which need to be drafted by HCRI academics, and in consultation with Admissions managers in the school and the centre, and with reference to the Admissions Policy and the 'Selecting students good practice guidance'.

Months of entry


Course content

Over the past two decades, the demand for resilience programmes within the context of global disaster management has significantly increased. This is demonstrated by the high interest in global disaster policy, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which has support from governments across the world. Through the Civil Contingencies Act [2004] the UK Government's Resilience Programme recognises the importance of disaster management and humanitarian response in building resilient communities to the ever-changing and increasing risks, shocks and stresses arising from both natural and anthropogenic hazards. The humanitarian sector is a worldwide industry of over £24.5bn. It is recently experiencing a radical upgrade of its training and educational needs and HCRI has been a prime mover in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate provisions for the sector.

The rationale of this course is based on the understanding that when disasters strike suddenly, they require quick response, and create burdens for rescue and humanitarian workers. There is a great demand, not only for preparing and equipping workers prior to the disaster event, but also building knowledge and skills to prevent disasters from occurring. A community with a team that has the capacity to prevent disasters but also with ready-to-respond team can reduce disaster mortality and economic losses. This programme is consistent with Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-30 which emphasises disaster education, including for personnel who have difficulty in attending the conventional face-to-face provisions.

Fees collected by Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).

Information for international students

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our English language requirements to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

Fees and funding

There are no scholarships on offer. However, details of bursaries or sponsorship will be announced via our website on an annual basis once they become available.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
30 months

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0) 161 275 6114