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MSc Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management

Course Description

The international community and the EU in particular, have been calling for improvement in the process of delivering aid aiming at enhancing the ability of aid organisations to react efficiently and effectively to the increased occurrence of disasters. The significance of disasters is increasing due to variables such as population growth, climate change, urbanisation and global connectivity. The impact of natural disasters such as the Tsunami on the Far East and Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans is still being felt in those regions. Human initiated disasters such as the Twin Towers collapse and the Madrid and London bombings have had an enormous impact on security systems and world travel. Biologically based disasters such as SARS and bird flu similarly have had worldwide impact.

The organizations providing the first phase of disaster response need the capacity and capabilities to deliver goods and services quickly to those impacted by an event. This is often under difficult circumstances in foreign locations and across cultures. The organisations involved in delivering the aid also need to be responsive in order to quickly provide resources required for the basic necessities of survival in the critical period immediately after an event in order to reduce further loss of life. This programme is a multi-disciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working in or intending to work in the area of humanitarian relief to deal with the matters outlined. The programme will provide humanitarian professionals with the competences to work effectively and efficiently in challenging environments.

The programme aims to contribute to the development needs of future managers and employees in public, private sector organizations and nongovernmental organisations. Providing graduates with disciplinary expertise with an additional set of management and business tools will significantly enhance their employment potential.

The programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Irish Aid) and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for practitioners in the management of humanitarian disasters and major emergencies. It is aimed at practitioners in public, private and voluntary sectors who are engaged in Humanitarian Logistics & Emergency Management.

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-NUI Maynooth qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-NUI Maynooth students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

The course is 100% assessed through continuous assessment in the form of group and individual written assignments in each module followed and a minor applied research dissertation in the third semester. There are no end-of term of module examinations.


Module Code Module Title
MB620 Humanitarian Logistics and Project Planning
MB621 Decision Making, Risk and Strategic SCM
MB622 Cooperation, Coordination and Partnerships in Humanitarian Logistics
MB609/MT579 Dissertation
MT562/MT572 Fundamentals of Emergency Management
MT565/MT566 Emergency Planning & Preparedness
MT570/CM596 Business Continuity & Communication Management

Career options:

The course contributes to the development needs of those involved in the field of humanitarian relief, international co-operation and emergency management. The course material takes a broad, cross-sectoral and international approach to humanitarian emergency relief. The programme prepares students for roles ranging from project management, humanitarian logistics, research, management, emergency management, communications, business continuity to monitoring, performance management and evaluation. Accordingly this course prepares graduates for a wide range of senior management roles in all types of humanitarian organisations. The breadth and depth of the programme, plus its in-company research dimension renders the graduate attractive to an array of future employers.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree in a non-business discipline or equivalent. In exceptional circumstances consideration will be given to candidates who do not hold a primary degree, but who do have at least 10 years relevant work experience at least 3 of which must be in a management position. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis to students who have a minimum 2.2 honours degree in a business related discipline where the degree was completed at least 5 years previously, where the business components were minors

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