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MSc Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief) at The University of Manchester
MSc Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief)
Learn how to prevent and prepare for disasters through this online master's course.

MSc Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief)

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/PGDip
Duration
2.5 Years
Entry requirements

We require a minimum of a Lower Second undergraduate degree classification or equivalent. You must also meet our English language requirements.

Entry will be managed by our partners at Hong Kong Polytechnic, working in tandem with HCRI staff.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
You can apply for the course via the Hong Kong Polytechnic University website .

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to respond quickly to disasters and prevent them from occurring.
  • Study when it suits you thanks to the online nature of the course.
  • Gain practical skills through optional field trips.
  • Benefit from the expertise of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at Manchester and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Open days

This programme will be advertised at all PGT open days held at the HKPU and university.

Fees

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

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): fees collected by Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).
These fees structure has been agreed with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who will be responsible for the administration of the programme.

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
Dr Darren Walter
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0244
Email
Website
https://www.hcri.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty

See: About us

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a minimum of a Lower Second undergraduate degree classification or equivalent. You must also meet our English language requirements.

Entry will be managed by our partners at Hong Kong Polytechnic, working in tandem with HCRI staff.

English language

We require a relevant undergraduate degree at a minimum level of 2.2 (Lower second class) Honours, or equivalent alternative qualifications or experience; AND an English Language requirement of:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 90 with no less than 20 in each of the sub-tests for the Internet-based test, or 577 for the paper-based test with no less than 55 in each of the sub-tests and 5.5 in the TWE (Test of Written English) for the paper-based test.
  • An overall Band score of at least 6.5, with no less than a minimum of 6 in each of the sub-tests as a minimum in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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.

Relevant work experience

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 the programme director for advice.

Application and selection

How to apply

You can apply for the course via the Hong Kong Polytechnic University website .

Advice to applicants

Please contact us if you have any questions before submitting your application for this course.

How your application is considered

We assess your previous academic performance, letters from referees and personal statement.

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 the programme director for advice.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Overseas applicants must meet our English language requirements to be accepted onto the course.

Deferrals

Deferrals are permitted at the discretion of the programme director/co-director at both HCRI and HKPU.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief) distance learning course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to respond to and help prevent disasters.

When disasters strike suddenly, they require a quick response, and create burdens for rescue and humanitarian workers.

There is a great demand not only for preparing and equipping workers prior to the disaster event, but also building knowledge and skills to prevent disasters from occurring.

A community that has both a team with the capacity to prevent disasters and a ready-to-respond team can reduce disaster mortality and economic losses.

Our master's course is consistent with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030, which emphasises disaster education, including for personnel who have difficulty in attending conventional face-to-face provisions.

This course has been jointly developed by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at Manchester and Hong Kong Polytechnic University .

This course has been designed to equip you with advanced knowledge, and to continue your personal development in disaster risk management and humanitarianism.

You will learn to conduct theoretical and practical analysis, as well as evaluation to support disaster management and humanitarian action in global health contexts.

You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on field placement experience to support your future career development.

This course offers flexible online study that enables part-time students to obtain a master's degree without residency and boundary restrictions.

Aims

We aim to:

  • provide you with critical insights into competing perspectives on how disaster management and humanitarian action can be understood, analysed and explained - from both an historiographic and contemporary viewpoint;
  • develop your analytical skills in critically evaluating the idea of disaster risk management and humanitarian action and the ways it has been organised, justified and implemented. This includes competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches;
  • develop your skills in gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources. This will be complemented by guidance on how best to manage workloads and obtain research materials;
  • enable MSc students to apply established techniques of research and enquiry to a relevant research area to create and/or interpret knowledge.

Teaching and learning

This course is delivered online through streamed lectures, discussion boards and other e-learning elements.

You can also gain practical experience through an optional field placement.

Coursework and assessment

Each course unit will include outline readings with points for discussion. These will help focus your study, while an online chat room/discussion board will be provided as an optional tool. 

Course units will be assessed by formative and summative prose-based assessments.

Course content for year 1

Indicative Year 1 course units include:

  • Disaster Preparedness [3 credits]
  • Introduction to Disaster Risk Management [3 credits]
  • Recovery and Rehabilitation in a Disaster [3 credits]
  • Emergency Humanitarian Assistance [3 credits]
  • Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience Assessment  [3 credits]

Course content for year 2

Indicative Year 2 course units include:

  • Community Approach to Health (optional) [3 credits]
  • Disaster and Mental Health (optional) [3 credits]
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods [3 credits]
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries (optional) [3 credits]
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods [3 credits]
  • Field Trip (Sichuan/Turkey/Uganda/India) (optional) [3 credits]

Course content for year 3

MSc students will undertake a dissertation [9 credits].

Course unit details

All units are convened by existing HCRI and HKPU staff.

This course is administered by HKPU and will consist of 36 credits.

Course collaborators

The course units have been jointly developed by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).

Facilities

This course has been developed in close cooperation with the University's e-learning team, which will offer ongoing support.

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

This course can open up a wide range of career options, such as roles in the civil service within various government ministries, including disaster management offices, foreign offices, and international development offices.

You could also work at international institutions such as:

  • UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee
  • International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organisation
  • IFRC
  • Peacebuilding Commission
  • Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Regional bodies such as the European Union, African Union, Organization of American States.

Other career paths could open up within local and international NGOs working on peacebuilding initiatives, or in academia, research institutes and think-tanks.

Accrediting organisations

This course has been developed in conjunction with Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).