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Integrated Emergency Management

Course Description

The Master of Arts in Integrated Emergency Management offers an innovative approach to the training of senior managers working in the field of First Response agencies.

Whilst this is a postgraduate qualification and by its nature challenging, the course has been designed to fit in with the demands of professionals working in the Emergency Services.

This is a blended-learning course; a mix of independent study, on-line working and residentials, which will be held at the University's prestigious Heaton Mount campus. There will be tutor and peer support throughout the programme.

Aims of the Programme
The programme has been specifically designed for senior practicioners who are required to manage an emergency involving other agencies.

Incident commanders – whether they are from the police, fire and rescue services, medical services, or the military – an expect to be faced with the need to make critical decisions. These decisions often have profound consequences for potential victims, their own organisations, the community and its politicians and other stakeholders, and may have to be made under extreme time pressure.

In many senses there has been a gap between the perspectives of the academics and skilled practitioners. This is particularly so in the area of emergency management which involves several agencies. This programme of study aims to bridge this gap by providing an academic underpinning to the skill development of those responsible for critical incident response and recovery.

The degree enables you to focus upon areas of specialisation within your professional field and to develop the
advanced research skills and theoretical awareness necessary to complete a substantial piece of research.
Objectives of the Course:
Develop high-level subject knowledge and understanding which will assist you to work as a leader of a responder organisation and a commander in a emergency
Prepare you for situations that require you to influence and take responsibility/accountability for major decision making within an emergency
Enable you to study national and international command systems
Provide a flexible programme of study that reflects and utilises areas of University and visiting tutor experience and expertise
Encourage you to develop or build upon independent learning skills through the provision of a supportive and structured learning environment which promotes sharing of expertise and learning amongst and with your fellow students
Develop high-level critical and analytical problem-solving skills which will assist you in addressing complex and key issues that occur within an emergency, and working with other responders

To be successful in obtaining this award you must be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
-Critically evaluate the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and its related guidance
-Systematically analyse and evaluate the functions, structure and culture of different response and planning organisations
-Critically evaluate both national and international incident command systems
-Critically analyse the psychology of decision making within an emergency

Discipline Skills
- Critically analyse and evaluate various levels of risk
-Critically evaluate the role and purpose of leadership
-Apply and analyse advanced skills of multi-agency management
-Apply and analyse quantitative and qualitative research investigating an aspect of leadership within an emergency

Personal Transferable Skills
-Reflect on personal individual training needs and communicate these effectively in writing
-Critically evaluate a problem and communicate a solution
-Critically appraise issues from several perspectives including reflective personal practice and communicating outcomes effectively
-Critically evaluate issues relevant to an emergency situation from different perspectives and demonstrate an understanding of the research process as it relates to those issues

Admission Requirements:

All candidates must have at least two years’ professional experience within a category one esponder organisation or equivalent; or occupy a senior role within a category one responder unit.

Additionally, applicants must have either:
- a first degree from an approved University or an equivalent institution, or
- the Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management (Fire and Rescue
- an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma awarded at an approved institution, or
- a professional qualification, and evidence of advanced professional standing and experience within a category one responder organisation

Entry Requirements

See course description

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