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Postgraduate Certificate in Disaster, Risk and Resilience

Coventry University

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Coventry University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    SEP-21, JAN-22, MAY-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction, development, sustainability, and climate adaptation have traditionally been aligned but separate sectors. As practitioners, we need to understand the relationships between the policies, programmes and projects that seek to address risks, develop preparedness and resilience, facilitate recovery and avoid interventions that may be unsustainable or exacerbate vulnerability.

This course is designed to offer an integrated, comprehensive and holistic approach to disaster management and long-term resilience in a global context, and aims to help you develop a high-level understanding of disaster management and resilience policy and practice upon successful completion. During the course, we will illustrate challenges through case studies and the application of traditional and innovative frameworks for analysis. You will also have the opportunity to assess the importance of communication, coordination and collaboration aspects in line with stakeholder management.

Course information

There has never been a greater need for professionals who can unravel the complexities of risk, unsustainable development and ultimately disaster to help transform the way we work from policy to practice.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Disaster, Risk and Resilience provides the opportunity for you to gain up-to-date knowledge on various topics in disaster management and resilience, as well as develop your analytical and evaluative skills upon successful completion. During your study, you’ll have the chance to explore topics including humanitarian principles, community preparedness and the principles and methods for accountability, and the monitoring and evaluation of disaster interventions.

Career prospects

The course aims to enable you, upon successful completion, to have developed your skills in problem-solving, teamwork and leadership, project management and communication, all of which are qualities employers demand. Our part-time students are often sponsored by their employers and our previous graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations, including, governments, NGOs and private sector organisations.

We strive to produce graduates who can make difficult decisions whilst being culturally sensitive, ethical and compassionate, the capabilities required by international relief and development organisations, private sector consultancies, national government, local authorities and United Nations agencies operating around the world.

Application deadline

31-Aug-21; 09-Jan-22

Tuition fees

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University information

Coventry University

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  • Campus address

    Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV1 5FB, England

Typically more than 13,000 non-UK students study at the university's UK campuses each year, with over 18,000 more studying in partner institutions worldwide.
A variety of pre-sessional English courses are available to help students prepare before starting their course. Additional costs apply.
PhD and MRes students can apply for financial support towards a project or placement via the international experience scheme (subject to availability).

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    57th out of 123 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    115 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.07 81%



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