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International Crisis Management (Certificate, Diploma, MSc)

Course Description

Major transformations continue to take place affecting across the globe. These transformations are often the result of international trends and, ultimately, require international solutions.

Public organisations – ranging from national and regional governments, alongside international organisations like the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), as well as international agencies like Save the Children or Médecins sans Frontières, combined with the private sector of international business, are increasingly aware of the need to make their organisations more adaptable, agile and resilient to cope with the demands of these transformations.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/programmes/accredited/icm/

The International Crisis Management programme is highly distinctive. It seeks to inform, train and add value to existing professionals working with international crises or in emergency roles, and/or those who simply desire to become better informed about the challenges of handling crises, emergencies and disasters in international as well as domestic context in their professional life.

Fully integrated into Loughborough’s learning philosophy of Organisational Resilience, the International Crisis Management Programme:
- Introduces and expands key foundations and operational principles of resilience and crises, disaster, emergency and risk management

- Investigates why, how and where the handling of crises, emergencies and disasters has become part of the modern work environment and part of professional life.

- Evaluates a wide variety of international crises, including flooding associated with climatic change, unforeseen weather events and disasters such as Tsunamis and Hurricanes, the emergence of new medical and disease challenges such as Ebola, and/or man-made crises like terrorist related events, or international political and military crises and humanitarian events like, most recently, in the Ukraine or in Syria to name just a few.

- Expands and updates the skill sets of international crisis managers and professionals when seeking to handle issues of international crisis management via innovative policy briefing, gaming and crisis simulation work.

The programme’s specific aims are to:
- Provide specialised, systematic and in-depth knowledge of international crisis management deploying appropriate theories, concepts and methods associated with the specific subject area.
- Enable students to acquire a critical awareness of the breadth of current issues involved in the practice of international crisis management
- Provide training in the concepts, theories and research methods appropriate for the study of international crisis management
Offer opportunities for independent study and research within the field of international crisis management
- Equip students with the skills to pursue careers in the international organisations and emergency services and related areas

This dedicated Masters programme will particularly add value to those seeking a career in a public or private capacity working with international as well as national crises and emergency situations, such as in public and private agencies, governmental bodies, emergency services and professionals, think-tanks and humanitarian agencies. Equally, it will be valuable to those crises and emergency professionals who are seeking further qualifications and professional enhancement. The programme has also been designed to accommodate professionals working in the private sector seeking to add conceptual and academic knowledge to inform their professional practice.

A notable feature of the International Crisis Management programme is the centrality and synergistic characteristics of international imperatives, cooperation and coordination as a central feature of its programme design. The programme acknowledges and examines how International Crisis Management has become a highly prominent area of professional and policy concern that not only affects daily professional lives and requires daily operational management, but also factors into strategic decisions in relation to core infrastructure in order to ensure sustainability and resilience. Alongside this, the study of International Crisis Management has become a growing academic area of study over the last twenty years and the programme, which is designed and taught by internationally recognised experts in risk, emergency and crisis management, offers a stimulating learning environment where academic and professional approaches to International Crisis Management are combined.


Students are taught, via innovative teaching techniques, about the concepts and practice of international crisis management, risk, crisis and emergency management, foreign policy management, handling emergency situations and developing response strategies, as well as be involved in hands-on crisis and emergency simulations in order to provide a comprehensive academic and professional training experience in the field of International Crisis Management.

The programme runs over 12 months to 36 months depending on the qualification. There are three levels of qualification, each leading to the next – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.


The individual modules are delivered in what is known as block format. So, as opposed to the usual style of university courses which are two or three hours of contact time per week over a ten week term, these modules are delivered in four full working days of contact time, with then guided study, tutor contact, and deliverables rounding off the module.


The programme has a wide array of assessment methods to allow students to highlight the best of their abilities. These range from traditional coursework to the preparation of policy briefs, group-work, reflections and, in the case of the optional Emergency Simulation module, practical assessment.


Core modules (Certificate, Diploma and MSc):
All students irrespective of their qualification aim will study the following modules:
- What is Resilience?
- Risk Management
- Population and Community Emergency
- Concepts of International Crisis Management

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/apply/

Visit the International Crisis Management (Certificate, Diploma, MSc) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a UK or recognised overseas University with a Second Class honours or equivalent; Applicants who have achieved the academic requirements for corporate membership of a British Chartered Professional Institute (equivalent to QCF level 6 or above). ; Applicants who hold any other relevant qualification or professional experience as determined by the Programme Director with a reasonable level of formal academic education.

Course Fees

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