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MSc in Disaster Management

Course Description


The last three decades have seen a substantial rise in the number and frequency of disasters. Global warming, together with its associated extreme weather events make it likely to see this trend continue.

It is becoming increasingly important to foster resilience and a capacity to withstand disaster events, as a part of reducing and managing risk within a broader context of sustainable development.

The course aims to provide students with the research skills, knowledge and management expertise to deal with future crises, emergencies and disasters in the developed and developing world.


The course covers a range of subject areas, such as:

disaster theory and practice;
risk assessment;
emergency and disaster planning;
the management of natural and environmental disasters;
business continuity management;
GIS, science and services;
humanitarian theory and practice in disasters;
development and disaster risk reduction;
research design and methods;
dissertation topic.
A Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded following completion of four modules; a Postgraduate Diploma would require the successful completion of four additional modules (eight in total), and an MSc degree would also require the successful completion of a dissertation.

Visit the MSc in Disaster Management page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold at least a second-class honours degree from a discipline relevant to the Programme.Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or with a qualification in other subject areas will be individually considered and will usually be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course.Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of an ability to follow instruction in English. This is normally 6.5 IELTS or equivalent.

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