MSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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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 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.This course offers flexible online study that enables part-time students to obtain a master's degree without residency and boundary restrictions.
- 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.
- We're one of the leading global centres for humanitarianism, conflict responses, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding.
- We're a World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre with a focus on Conflict Analysis and Programming.
- We have a truly diverse student body, with individuals from over 65 countries.
- We bring together disciplines of medicines, humanities and social sciences, including international relations, geography and political sciences.
Teaching and learning
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 course units for Year 1 include:
- Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience
- Emergency Humanitarian Assistance
- Disaster Preparedness
- Community Approaches to Health
Course content for year 2
Indicative course units for Year 2 include:
- Rethinking Recovery
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Crises
- Humanitarian and Conflict Response: Inquiries
- Research Methods
Course content for year 3
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.
|Dissertation (MSc Global Health)||HCRI70000||60||Mandatory|
|Community Approaches to Health||HCRI71000||15||Mandatory|
|Emergency Humanitarian Assistance (blended)||HCRI71060||15||Mandatory|
|Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience||HCRI77000||15||Mandatory|
Scholarships and bursaries
See also the University's postgraduate funding database to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.