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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    1 year part time

  • Course Type

    PgCert

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    07 February 2018

Course content

This new Masters course will provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge in the concepts and theories for emergency planning, resilience, business continuity and disaster management.

This course is suitable for those who are already working within emergency planning as well as those looking to embark on a career within the field.

The course aims to offer a flexible approach to the subjects studied and those already working in this area will be able to develop further their knowledge skills and experience. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in exercises and training in simulated emergency settings with a wide range of professional and other Key Stakeholders and organisations involved in emergency planning.

What happens on the course?

The course will develop students’ working knowledge of the principles and practice of emergency planning and the underpinning policy and it will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. There will be opportunities to take part in exercises and training in simulated emergency settings with a wide range of professional organisations and other important organisations involved in emergency planning.

The course is composed of three intermediate levels; the PG certificate and the PG diploma are composed of 60 credits each and consist of a range of subjects. In order to gain the full Masters a 60 credit independent study module must be studied for which there are three options – see table 1 for more details.

Modules for the Postgraduate Certificate include:

  • Emergency resilience, planning and response
  • Commanding a range of incident responses
  • Communicating in and training for disasters

In order to see more about the modules we offer and to prepare for your academic counselling session please visit our module information pages

Career path

Emergencies and disasters have increased globally over the past 20 years and this trend is set to remain high. Organisations across the UK including the National Health Service (NHS), the emergency services, local government, HM Armed Forces and the private sector need to develop the ability to respond to a variety of major incidents and to manage recovery locally, regionally or nationally and internationally within the context of the UK Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and other international legislation.

Each major organisation will have in place a Major Incident Plan that is built upon the principles of risk assessment and emergency planning skills. Most organisations have set up emergency planning departments and career opportunities exist in working in the field of emergency planning at local, regional and national and international levels. This course will give you the advanced underpinning theories, principles and concepts of emergency planning resilience and response and enable you to engage with strategic and national and international guidelines in practice.

Students undertaking this course may already be working in the field of emergency planning or on the front line in accident and emergency services, etc. It is envisaged that students will develop strategic leadership skills and develop further their multi-agency working. The course is built upon best practice and will enable students to gain the knowledge and skills to implement the strategies outlined in the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and other national policies and guidelines.

Many of our students go on to achieve new jobs and/or promotion as a result of their studies. Often this happens during their course not only after completion. Participating in academic study at all levels will encourage analysis and criticality and hence will improve the opportunity for promotion and advancement. Successful completion of an academic qualification will facilitate students in providing a justification for progression through the skills escalator and will often act as a catalyst to enable the student to pass through the band gateways. This may be an opportunity for you to move into this area of work on completion of your studies.


Visit the Emergency Planning Resilience and Response - PGCert page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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