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Coventry University

MSc Disaster Management and Resilience

Coventry University via FutureLearn


Disasters and armed conflict have occurred in human existence throughout history.

Whether you’re looking to start your career in disaster intervention or are a current practitioner seeking to update your knowledge, this degree is designed to grow your expertise and capacity to identify, analyse, interpret and manage risk and disaster issues in the developing and developed world.

You will cover the topics of disaster management, humanitarian assistance, capacity building and disaster risk reduction to help minimalise loss when a disaster strikes.


On successful completion of the degree, you should be able to demonstrate:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of risk, its components and influencing factors, approaches to assessment, and prioritisation and organisational role in planning, managing and recovering from humanitarian crises and disasters.

  • A detailed knowledge of policy and approaches for mitigating, preparing for, managing and recovering from crises, conflict and disasters for responding agencies, organisations and affected communities.

  • A thorough comprehension of approaches to assessing complexity and interaction and developing, monitoring and evaluating resilience in processes, systems, organisations and communities at risk from known and emergent threats in a sustainable way.

  • A detailed analysis of multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, co-operation and governance in all aspects of policy and strategy development, implementation and management, at all scales in disaster contexts.

  • An ability to manage information, evaluate uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in knowledge, method and management and to make appropriate and defensible decisions for managing complex disaster situations.

  • A critical awareness of issues and challenges at the forefront of research and practice in disasters and resilience.

  • An ability to evaluate and use appropriate methods of enquiry and analysis, and to progress good practice in the discipline over the course of their career.

  • The skills demanded to research, evaluate high level material in order to produce an independent working paper that meets ethical requirements of the university, synthesises both academic and sector perspectives and presents findings and recommendations in a professional way.


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