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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.


Courses in disaster management have been offered at Coventry University for over ten years.
-Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and implement strategies required by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and other UK civil contingencies legislation
-Designed both for professionals who have current responsibilities in the field of emergency planning and management and for individuals who wish to enter into this field
-Examine selected examples of disaster management in other countries, giving students an opportunity to consider UK policy and practice within a comparative international perspective
-Evaluate issues in emergency planning and management and their practical implications, with a view to improving current practice
-May be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis, in order to accommodate the ongoing professional commitments of practitioners


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 and emergency planning
-Integrated emergency management, practice and issues
-Communities - approaches to resilience and engagement
-Risk, crisis and continuity management
-Management of natural and environmental hazards
-Technology for disaster and emergency management
-Research design and methods


The MSc in Emergency Planning and Management is ideal for students seeking career advancement within either the public or private sectors, or for those wishing to pursue an academic or research-oriented career.

Both current concerns with enhancing resilience to emergencies in the UK and specific organisational duties arising from UK legislation have created a strong demand for qualified emergency planning and management professionals.

Our graduates are much sought after by a range of organisations, including local and regional government, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies, and many private sector companies.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Emergency Planning and Management - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!




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