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MSc International Disaster Management

Critically analyse key concepts in disaster management theory, research, policy and practice.

MSc International Disaster Management

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made.

We will consider graduates from all disciplines, as the course is interdisciplinary.

This course is available to intercalating medical students upon completion of their third year, who need to pass all assessments at the first attempt (if they are third year, or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year).

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

35 places

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:     

http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/applying/

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form   to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course overview

  • 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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Disaster Management at The University of Manchester

Open days

The School's next Open Day will be held on the afternoon of  Wednesday, 8 May . The event will enable you to:

  • Discover more about course content through subject specific talks or taster sessions.

  • Meet academics and current students and find out more about life as a postgraduate student at Manchester.

  • Explore available funding options and find out how to apply.

  • Take a tour of our dedicated Graduate School and our award-winning cultural venues.

  • Find out more about our world-leading research.

Please Register via our Eventbrite page .

If you have any questions about the event, please  contact us  at MASALC@manchester.ac.uk or by phoning 0161 306 1259.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

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).

Scholarships/sponsorships

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.

The  Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence  offers up to 100 fee waiver scholarships worth £2,000 each to high-achieving undergraduates from any UK University with an offer to study a Master's degree in the School.

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 for September 2019 entry.

The  Manchester Master's Bursary  is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.

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. Information is available here:

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
PG Taught Admissions
Telephone
+44 161 275 0322
Email
Website
http://www.hcri.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants should hold a Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made.

We will consider graduates from all disciplines, as the course is interdisciplinary.

This course is available to intercalating medical students upon completion of their third year, who need to pass all assessments at the first attempt (if they are third year, or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year).

English language

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

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:     

http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/applying/

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form   to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

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

Students who do not clearly meet the academic requirements may be considered based on relevant professional experience. Applicants who fall into this category should contact programme director Dr Billy Haworth  for advice.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries that equate to a UK 2.2. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

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:
Antigua & Barbuda; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; UK; USA.

Course details

Course description

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 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The development of a range of academic and professional/transferable skills through both independent and group-based work.
  6. 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.

Special features

Study at HCRI

HCRI at The University of Manchester is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous research and to support postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.

Directed by Dr Rony Brauman (former President of MSF France, Associate Professor at L'Institut d'Études Politiques (Paris), and Director of Research at the MSF Foundation, Paris), 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 whilst providing a centre of excellence for all concerned with emergencies, conflicts and peace.

In offering a range of postgraduate courses, 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 details

Mandatory units:

  • Disaster Management: Theory and Application
  • Research and Evaluation Methods
  • Cultures and Disasters
  • Disaster Governance
  • Dissertation

Sample optional units:

  • Introduction to Critical Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Reconstruction and Development
  • Climate Change, Disaster and Responses
  • Designing Relief Projects in Conflict and Disaster Settings
  • Global Health and Food Insecurity
  • Armed Groups and Humanitarian Aid
  • Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction
  • Economics, Peace and Conflict
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries
  • The History of Humanitarian Aid
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial support in Humanitarian Crises
  • Work Placement

Course units may vary from year to year.

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation HCRI60000 60 Mandatory
Disaster Management - Theory and Application HCRI60141 15 Mandatory
Research and Evaluation Methods HCRI60170 15 Mandatory
Disaster Governance HCRI60261 15 Mandatory
Border-Crossings: Comparative Cultures of Diaspora ELAN60362 15 Optional
Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries HCRI60031 15 Optional
A Critical Introduction to GIS and Disasters HCRI60072 15 Optional
Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction HCRI60132 15 Optional
Global Health and Food Insecurity HCRI60151 15 Optional
Humanitarian Diplomacy and Negotiation in Practice HCRI60221 15 Optional
Rethinking Recovery HCRI60252 15 Optional
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Crises HCRI60291 15 Optional
Security, Emergencies and Technologies of Control HCRI60412 15 Optional
The History of Humanitarian Aid HCRI61202 15 Optional
Emergency Humanitarian Assistance HCRI62212 15 Optional
Cash and Market Based Programming in Crisis Settings HCRI70080 15 Optional
Reconstruction and Development MGDI60402 15 Optional
Climate Change, Disasters and Responses MGDI60552 15 Optional
Environment, Climate Change and Development MGDI60801 15 Optional
Characteristics and Skills of Development Practice MGDI71992 15 Optional
Peace and Social Agency, Security and Intervention: Theories and Practices POLI70991 15 Optional
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Optional
Placement SALC70150 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 23 course units

What our students say

You can read blog posts by and profiles of HCRI students on the Manchester Calling blog.

Facilities

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.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course may consider a wide range of career choices, including careers with:

  • The Civil Service - working within various government ministries, including the foreign office, international development office and local resilience forums;
  • international institutions such as the UN Peacebuilding Commission, Department of Peacekeeping Operations and regional bodies such as the European Union, African Union, Organization of American States;
  • NGOs (local and international) working on peacebuilding initiatives;
  • academia/research institutes/think-tanks.

Find out more on the Careers and employability page and see where some of our graduates are now working on the Alumni page.