MSc International Disaster Management
Year of entry: 2021
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- Develop skills and knowledge to critically analyse and apply key concepts in disaster management theory, research, policy and practice, such as vulnerability, resilience, governance, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.
- Learn from an interdisciplinary team, drawing on ideas and methods in geography, history, politics, development studies, the arts and medicine.
- Develop your knowledge, skills and competencies to meet disaster management career demands.
- Benefit from opportunities to engage first-hand with the people, projects and organisations that shape humanitarian, global health, disaster management, conflict response and intervention issues around the world.
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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £11,000
International, including EU, students (per annum): £22,000
UK students (per annum): £5,500
International, including EU, students (per annum): £11,000
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the School's funding page where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
See also the University's postgraduate funding database to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities, including:
For University of Manchester graduates, the Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.
The Manchester Master's Bursary is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.
The Equity and Merit Scholarship offers a full-time scholarship for academically excellent students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Postgraduate 1+3 funding is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (3 years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application.
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Academic entry qualification overview
We normally expect students to have a Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent.
An overall grade of 6.5 in IELTS is required or 93+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 23.
If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our English language requirements to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.
English language test validity
Other international entry requirements
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
Please note that this course teaches during business hours and does not offer distance learning.
The part-time mode of attendance aims to concentrate contact time onto two days.
How your application is considered
Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application.
We therefore strongly recommend you include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.
If your academic background is not directly related to the programme, you should supply an academic-standard writing sample on a subject related to the programme.
If English is not your native language, then you should provide an academic-standard writing sample in English directly related to the subject.
For the specific requirements of each programme in the School, please visit our Applying page.
Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests
Overseas (non-UK) applicants
If English is not your first language, please provide us with evidence of an overall grade of 6.5 in IELTS or 93+ in the iTOEFL with a minimum writing score of 23.
The other language tests we accept can be found here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/new-approved-english-tests.pdf
Exceptions to needing a language test (if English is NOT your first language) are:
- if you have successfully completed an academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC as equivalent to at least a UK Bachelors Degree or higher from one of the following countries:
All countries face a wide range of hazards, both natural and man-made, that have the potential to result in catastrophic damage and negative impacts on societies.
Despite actions taken by local emergency management professionals, international trends show that the economic and social impact of disaster has increased around the world.
This is especially true in the developing world, where large-scale disasters can result in enormous loss of life as well as considerable economic damage.
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 business and management, systems thinking, 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.
The course gave me an understanding into the driver of humanitarian crises
The course felt like the right fit and the logical next step to work in disaster relief. It gave me a good theoretical grounding in the material and gave me an understanding into the driver of humanitarian crises. It has helped lead to my current role as Senior Regional Analyst - Americas, where I monitor and geolocate security threats in the region.Vincent Fevrier / Senior Regional Analyst - Americas
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 NGOs 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 industrialised 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.
Study at HCRI
The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at The University of Manchester is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous research and to support both undergraduate and postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.
Established in 2008 by Dr Rony Brauman, Professor Bertrand Taithe and Professor Tony Redmond, HCRI is widely recognised as being a leading international research institute focusing on the study of humanitarianism, conflict response and peacebuilding.
Our work is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and decision makers, to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased understanding and debate within the field.
Bringing together the disciplines of medicine and the humanities (including international relations and political science) to achieve these goals, HCRI aims to facilitate improvements in crisis response on a global scale while providing a centre of excellence for all concerned with emergencies, conflicts and peace.
We embrace this opportunity to develop a scholarly and professional agenda for humanitarians and peacebuilders around the world.
Find out more about HCRI on our website .
Teaching and learning
You will learn through face-to-face teaching at The University of Manchester. This will be supported by lectures, discussion boards and other e-learning elements.
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.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Disaster Management - Theory and Application||HCRI60141||15||Mandatory|
|Research and Evaluation Methods||HCRI60170||15||Mandatory|
|Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries||HCRI60031||15||Optional|
|Humanitarianism and displacement: Researching the legacies of war||HCRI60062||15||Optional|
|GIS and Disasters: A Critical Introduction||HCRI60071||15||Optional|
|History of Humanitarian Aid||HCRI60080||15||Optional|
|Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction||HCRI60131||15||Optional|
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What our students say
This course has been developed in close co-operation with the Faculty's e-learning team, which will offer ongoing support.
You will benefit from a range of cultural assets and study facilities on campus and beyond, including one of the largest university libraries in the country.
Find out more on the Facilities page.
The skills gained on the course have helped to prepare graduates for national and international careers in: Emergency management and planning, programme management, consultancy, data migration, defence primary healthcare, and research.
Organisations our graduates have gone on to work in include:
- NGOs- German Red Cross, International Committee of the Red Cross (IFRC), Refugee Council, Shelter, Oxfam, and Age UK Manchester
- Security and defence- Intelligence Fusion
- Local and central government
- Civil service.
The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .