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BSc International Disaster Management & Humanitarian Response
Develop knowledge about resilience and recovery relating to current disaster management.

BSc International Disaster Management & Humanitarian Response

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
AAB
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
ABB
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall. 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course overview

  • Develop knowledge about the causes and impacts of disasters, as well as how we can address contemporary global issues surrounding such events.
  • Build a critical understanding of the process and practises of humanitarianism.
  • Explore the causes of contemporary conflicts, as well as the current debates about peacebuilding.
  • Gain valuable professional experience for your future career through work placements.
  • Undertake fieldwork in emergency preparedness and response, recovery and reconstruction.
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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

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

We offer five International Excellence Scholarships of £3,000 each per year for high performing international undergraduate students. Scholarships are renewed for each year of full-time study at the University, up to a maximum of three years, and are subject to sustained academic performance. For more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply visit: www.hcri.manchester.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Gareth Frier
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 6083
Email
Website
http://www.hcri.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty overview

See: About us

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Entry requirements

A-level

AAB. General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the standard offer.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (note that some degree programmes may require a higher grade than this - please see individual programme requirements). GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall. 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects

Scottish requirements

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply.

For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

  • A*AA at A-level :  Hrs of AAAAAB or AAAB plus Adv Hr Gr. A
  • AAA at A-level   :  Hrs of AAAABB or AABB plus Adv Hr Gr. A
  • AAB at A-level   :  Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr Gr. A
  • ABB at A-level   :  Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr at min. Gr. B

Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Adv Hr in the required subject):

  • A*AA at A-level : Hrs of AAA plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA
  • AAA at A-level   : Hrs of AAB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA
  • AAB at A-level   : Hrs of ABB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB
  • ABB at A-level   : Hrs of BBB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system , Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone.  The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question.  Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

European Baccalaureate

80% with a mark of 8.0 in at least one essay-based subject.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

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

Pearson BTEC qualifications

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: we require Distinction / Distinction / Distinction.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: we require Distinction / Distinction, plus one A-level at Grade A, preferably in a Humanities subject.

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma: we require a Distinction plus an A-level at min. Grade A in an essay-based subject (such as English or History) plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

BTEC National Extended Certificate: we require a Distinction, plus two A-levels at Grades AB; one of the A-levels should be in a Humanities subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC): We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDD.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC): Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD plus an A Level at grade B in an essay-based subject such as English or History.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC): Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades D*D plus an A-level at min. Grade B in an essay-based subject (such as English or History) plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC): Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D* plus two A Levels at grades BB, OR full Tech Ext Cert Grade D plus two A-levels at Grades AB.  In both cases, at least one of the A-levels should be in an essay-based subject such as English or History.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3.  Applicants must also have EITHER GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), OR must demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits each in English and Maths.  We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Please read the A-level entry requirements for this programme and then look at the relevant set of Access requirements:

For programmes requiring A*AA and AAA: a minimum of 45 credits with a Distinction grade in a Humanities-related subject.  15 of these credits must be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

For programmes requiring AAB: a minimum of 39 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 6 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

For programmes requiring ABB: a minimum of 30 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 15 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

If you are applying to a programme involving History: all Access applicants will be required to produce a piece of written work, for assessment by the Admissions Tutor. Once you have applied, the Admissions Administrator will contact you with a list of topics/questions. You will be asked to choose one and produce a piece (1500 words) on that subject, for submission by the deadline given by the Administrator.

If you are applying to a programme involving one Language: you must also EITHER have GCSE Grade C/4 or higher in English Language or any Language, OR be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits in English Language or any Language at Level 2.

If you are applying to a programme involving two Languages : Applicants cannot begin both languages at beginners' level; they must already have an A-level or equivalent in one of the two Languages to be studied, as well as the Access qualification.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Please note our A-level requirements for grades and any subject requirements for this programme.  Pre-U equivalencies will be:

  • AAA at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects.  
  • AAB at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, D3, M2 in the Pre-U and AAB at A level in three distinct subjects.  
  • ABB at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, M2, M2 in the Pre-U and ABB at A level in three distinct subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement (and at interview, if  relevant).  We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account, should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

For this programme, you will be made the standard offer plus an alternative one, if you are studying for an EPQ.  The alternative offer will be one grade below the standard offer but you will also be asked to achieve a Grade A in your EPQ.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:
  • GCSE English Language grade B /6, or;
  • IELTS 6.5, or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

How your application is considered

We are looking for applicants who have the predicted A-level grades (or other qualifications) for the relevant degree programme and whose personal statement demonstrates an enthusiasm for the subject. All such suitable applicants will be invited for interview.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from mature students and value their contribution to our study culture and social life.

Mature applicants are given individual consideration and are normally interviewed.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applications from overseas students are warmly welcomed. Disaster and Humanitarian Studies have tradition of admitting suitably qualified international students. Students from abroad find the Subject Areas to be a relaxed and richly diverse home from home, and tend to make the most of the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Manchester and its cultural and ethnic plurality. 

In view of the diversity of overseas qualifications, we consider applications from overseas on an individual basis.

All students applying to the University of Manchester must satisfy the English language requirement.

For further information please see our International pages .

Deferrals

We welcome applications for deferred entry and feel a gap year benefits many students.

We do ask applicants to let us know as early as possible if they are intending to defer. This helps us to adjust the number of offers we make, in order to achieve the required number of students in a given year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

We will consider applications to transfer to Manchester from other universities and would normally ask for a letter explaining why a transfer was needed, relevant transcripts, a copy of the applicant's UCAS form and a confidential reference from one of the applicant's current university tutors.

We will consider applications to transfer from other degrees within the University of Manchester but applicants are required to have the A-level grades (or other qualifications) needed for entry to that degree programme.

Both of the above are subject to our having enough places to accommodate such applicants.

Course details

Course description

Catriona Spence

Disasters are so prominent in the media at the moment. I can study issues that are happening presently - one of my assignments was on the Grenfell fire.

I feel as if my work and the research done by the department is very important. If you're interested in making the world a better place, then take this great opportunity.

Catriona Spence / BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response

As demand grows around a strategic global response to the ever-changing and increasing risks, shocks and stresses arising from natural and anthropogenic hazards, it is increasingly important that we build an understanding of the root causes of vulnerability to disasters as a pathway to developing resilient communities.

The International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response programme is a multidisciplinary course designed to enhance collaboration amongst natural and social sciences, medicine and the arts in exploring disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.

This programme seeks to bridge the divide between development and humanitarian action - bringing together cross disciplines including development planners, and climate scientists, on the intersection of disaster risk reduction.

As a student you will explore methods for improvement in building the disaster resilience of communities - both globally and locally in the UK. Through the course you can expect to build research expertise, practical knowledge and management skills in disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to reduce negative impacts on health, social, economic and environmental spheres.

Our course content is truly multidisciplinary and core units demonstrate the links across disaster risk management, climate change, sustainable development and humanitarian action. We offer strengths in humanitarian and conflict response underpinned by history, politics, medicine, geography and development studies. This will provide you with a breadth of optional units alongside a thorough grounding in humanitarianism and disaster management.

You'll benefit from optional work placement and fieldwork opportunities and we'll encourage you to develop an informed attitude towards ethical issues impacting humanitarianism, including actions taken by government and non-government organisations in reaction to both natural and man-made disasters.

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. Find out more here

Language options: Up to a third of your degree can comprise of language study, such as French, Arabic, German, or Russian. This option addresses the demand for language-speakers from employers in the humanitarian sector, and would give you a great foundation for making use of your degree overseas. Many of our languages are available to study from beginner's level.

Aims

  • Provide a critical insight into destabilising events and develop an understanding and appreciation of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.
  • Develop knowledge and understating of key issues which inform the debates on disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.
  • Develop practical expertise in risk and vulnerability analyses, disaster preparedness and response and the integration of development and humanitarian action.
  • Foster an informed attitude on ethical issues related to humanitarianism, including international actions taken by governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations in response to disasters of both natural and human origins.
  • Develop strategic research methodologies and techniques, including data gathering, collation, analysis and dissemination of results in disaster risk management and humanitarian action contexts.

Special features

Fieldwork

You'll have the opportunity to undertake field study - either here in the UK or overseas - where you'll learn how your knowledge of disaster management and humanitarian response might be applied in the context of real-life hazards and vulnerabilities.

Work placements

Work placements with key partner humanitarian organisations, such as Rethink Rebuild Society, Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) and Mines Advisory Group (MAG), will allow you to gain valuable professional experience.

You can also apply your subject-specific knowledge in a real-world context through a placement year in your third year of study, enabling you to enhance your employment prospects, clarify your career goals and build your external networks.

Industry partnerships

Our pioneering partnerships with specific national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) shape the real-world focus of our teaching, as well as offering strong industry links to key career destinations for graduates. Partners include Save the Children, International Alert, Médecins Sans Frontières, The Overseas Development Institute, ALNAP, Mines Advisory Group (MAG), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). HCRI is also a World Health Organization collaboration centre. 

Teaching and learning

Teaching takes place in a variety of formats, including lectures, seminars, small group tutorials and virtual web-based seminars. We'll encourage you to undertake independent research at every level of the course.

Seminars provide opportunities to develop research and presentation skills including researching sources, planning, public speaking and the use of audio-visual media. You'll explore lecture themes in more detail via individual and group readings and presentations.

In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to work directly with local/regional humanitarian organisations through a 10-day Professional Experience Project. This real-world project, typically proposed by the external organisation, will offer you the chance to explore humanitarianism in action - providing insight and valuable professional experience from organisations such as Rethink Rebuild Society, Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) and Mines Advisory Group (MAG). You'll also develop key transferrable skills required in a workplace.

Your learning will be supplemented by field study - either here in the UK or overseas - where you'll learn how your knowledge of disaster management and humanitarian response might be applied in the context of real-life hazards and vulnerabilities.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment varies from course unit to course unit, but we aim to offer a good balance of formal examinations, essays and project work.

The culmination of your studies will be a dissertation, allowing you to focus on a specific area of interest and to apply the knowledge you've gained throughout your university study. By tailoring your research topic to meet your career objectives and personal interests, you can make your final semester here truly your own.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

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
Introduction to Humanitarianism HCRI10202 20 Mandatory
Key Concepts in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response HCRI11021 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Disaster Management HCRI11032 20 Mandatory
Disaster Management and humanitarian response in Scholarship and Practice HCRI11071 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Conflict Analysis HCRI10002 20 Optional
Institutions and Governance HCRI11081 20 Optional

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

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
Everyday Peace Building and Security HCRI20001 20 Mandatory
Disasters and Development HCRI20012 20 Mandatory
Rethinking Crisis HCRI20022 20 Mandatory
Emergency Humanitarian Assistance HCRI20211 20 Mandatory
Children in war and displacement in the 20th and 21st centuries HCRI20031 20 Optional
Professional Experience Project HCRI20220 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

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 and Research Methods HCRI30000 40 Mandatory
Introduction to Global Health HCRI30021 20 Optional
War, Migration and Health HCRI30031 20 Optional
Practical Approaches to Researching Disasters and Conflict HCRI30112 20 Optional
Geographic Information Systems and Disasters HCRI30211 20 Optional
Living Interventions HCRI30411 20 Optional
Vichy, Paris, Algiers: engaging with past and present violence HCRI30512 20 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer five International Excellence Scholarships of £3,000 each per year for high performing international undergraduate students. Scholarships are renewed for each year of full-time study at the University, up to a maximum of three years, and are subject to sustained academic performance. For more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply visit: www.hcri.manchester.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding

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

Our pioneering partnerships with national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) shape the real-world focus of our teaching, as well as offering strong industry links to key career destinations.

Your transferable and academic skills will appeal to employers including international organisations such as the United Nations and humanitarian NGOs such as The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). You'll also be well equipped to enter a career in business and commerce, law, journalism, tourism management and teaching.

You'll also have the opportunity to pursue further study through our master's programmes