HCRI launches online MSc in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), part of the University of Manchester, has launched the new online MSc in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response to begin in September.

The part-time virtual academic programme, a sister to HCRI’s face-to-face International Disaster Management Masters course, is responding to an increasing demand within global disaster and resilience space. The course recognises the importance of disaster risk reduction and effective humanitarian response in building and supporting resilient communities to the constantly changing and increasing risks, shocks and stresses arising from natural and anthropogenic hazards.

It also provides a flexible and asynchronous learning environment for those who are passionate about disaster response and humanitarianism and want to learn how to help mitigate disasters at a local, regional, national and international level. Study pathways are available to allow students to graduate with a PGCert, PGDip or MSc, and there are admission points in September and January.

“International disaster preparedness and humanitarian response has rightly become increasingly professional in recent years. The days when enthusiastic volunteers from around the world would descend upon a stricken country or region and offer uncoordinated assistance, often increasing confusion and delivering uncertain benefit, are fortunately passing. Through the evolution of globally recognised response standards and accredited training programmes, the coordinated international response to disaster and humanitarian crises is becoming increasingly professional.

New entrants to this space have been able to pursue their own development and obtain professional qualifications by attending university for a number of years, but practitioners with experience and already in the field need this academic opportunity too. Through flexible part-time virtual learning at HCRI, where we have a long record of delivering educational support to working humanitarians in many of the world's "hot spots", you will be able to broaden and develop your understanding of the field and achieve your professional qualifications to become fully part of this new professional cadre of responders.”
Darren Walter, Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Emergency Global Health

Students will benefit from the programme’s alignment with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030 set out by the UN, which emphasises disaster education and includes personnel who have difficulty in attending conventional face-to-face provisions. Students will receive education in theoretical and practical analysis, as well as evaluation methods to support improvement in disaster management and humanitarian action.

HCRI is partnered with leading humanitarian organisations and NGOs including IFRC, Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children, and we are one of the first World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centres with a focus on Conflict Analysis and Programming. Being part of a globally diverse student body, many of whom are already practitioners in the field, each bringing their personal experience of humanitarianism and disaster management, students will have a unique opportunity to establish and build their professional network.

Applications are now open. 

Visit the course page for further information or contact programme admissions on masalc@manchester.ac.uk for course enquiries.

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