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Crisis and Emergency Resilience (Certificate, Diploma, MSc)

Course Description

It is often argued that the world today is experiencing more natural and man-made crises, emergencies and disasters than ever before requiring professionals working in both the public and private sectors to develop new procedures and processes to make them more resilient to handling such emergencies.

Moreover, these crises and emergencies are now exceedingly diverse in nature ranging from natural events, political and security threats and risk to economic turbulence and shocks. Whatever the form, such crisis situations require organisations and businesses to become more resilient in all aspects of their operations including becoming agile in handling hazards and more adaptable and responsive to emergencies.

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

As an integrated part of Loughborough’s OR suite of executive education degrees, this specialised programme takes a holistic view to crisis and emergency resilience ensuring that professionals are informed by the latest thinking stemming from crisis, emergency, resilience and risk management.

The programme is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge, yet reasonably flexible approach to studying crisis and emergency management and resilience in order to enable critical thinking across the breadth of current issues involved in the practice of crisis and emergency management.

The programme aims to:
- Provide specialised, systematic and in-depth knowledge of crisis and emergency 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 crisis and emergency management.

- Provide training in the concepts, theories and research methods appropriate for the study of crisis and emergency management.

- Offer opportunities for independent study and research within the field of crisis and emergency management.

- Equip students with the skills to pursue careers in the emergency services and related areas.

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


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 the module off.

Students will be taught, via innovative teaching techniques, about the concepts and practice of crisis and emergency resilience, risk, management practices, handling emergency situations, communicating risk hazard and threat information and developing response strategies, as well as be involved in hands-on responses in order to provide a comprehensive academic and professional training experience in the field of crisis and emergency resilience.


The programme has a wide array of assessment methods, from traditional coursework to the preparation of policy briefs, group-work, and reflections, to allow students to highlight the best of their abilities.


A distinctive feature of the programme is that, alongside undertaking key studies of crisis and emergency resilience, students are able to choose from a prescribed range of options drawn from across the OR suite to enable them, within reasonable confines, to specialise in modules that are more suited to their professional life and interests.

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 Crisis and Emergency Resilience (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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