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MSc International Disaster Management

University of Manchester

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Course description

The MSc in International Disaster Management is aimed at those who are interested in critically analysing key concepts in disaster management theory, research, policy and practice, including vulnerability, governance, disaster risk reduction, and enhancing resilience to disasters through prevention, preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

You will undertake multidisciplinary study at the HCRI, focusing on the critical analysis of current trends in academic research and policies, particularly those related to international disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, and humanitarian action tools commonly used by disaster risk reduction professionals.

You will study a core curriculum that brings together the realms of disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, and humanitarian action.

Our interdisciplinary team of researchers will also support the critical exploration of disaster resilience, prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, helping to equip you to work professionally in disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.

The MSc in International Disaster Management is unique as it incorporates units and lecturers from a wide variety of disciplines, including geography, history, politics, development studies, the arts and medicine.

Our course is suitable for developing initial skills in disaster risk reduction and/or supporting continuing education for disaster risk reduction professionals.

Aims

On completion of the course, you should be able to show a critical understanding of the following.

  • Key issues and debates related to the theory and practices of disaster risk reduction. Students will show familiarity with different theoretical approaches, practical problems and an appreciation of the diversity of polices at international and national levels, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The range of environmental, health and social science topics which influence disaster risk reduction and management (including geographical, political, historical, anthropological understandings). Students will become familiar with the methodological and normative underpinnings of these disciplines.
  • The analytical and policy literature concerning the related issues of disaster risk reduction including environmental/geological studies, emergency management structures and institutions, the role and perspectives of the state, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and domestic NGO's and other civil institutions.
  • An understanding of common approaches to disaster risk reduction, including an awareness of the problems and critiques associated with disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in both industrialized and developing countries.
  • The development of a range of academic and professional/transferable skills through both independent and group-based work.
  • A detailed understanding of a specific conceptual and/or policy-related area of disaster risk reduction along with implications and limitations of research findings on this subject, and of how to produce an original piece of academic research. Delivered via a dissertation.

Coursework and assessment

Graduation requirements will be the completion of 180 credits. A total of 120 credits of unit coursework will be required for students to move on to dissertation writing.

A passing dissertation will lead to the final 60 credits needed for MSc completion.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Manchester

  • University League Table

    17th

  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 123 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    170 78%

    10th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%

    33rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%

    64th

    18

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