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MSc International Disaster Management

Main organization(s): University of Manchester


Masters in international disaster management


The MA in International Disaster Management is designed for participants who want to increase both theoretical and practical management skills in preparation, response and recovery from natural and man-made disaster events. This course is unique due to its focus on international humanitarian actions for disaster and the wide variety of available course units from history, politics, development studies, the arts and medicine. This results in a course that is suitable as a way to development initial skills in disaster management or support continuing education for disaster management professionals.

Intended learning outcomes of the programme

Students should be able to show a critical understanding of:

1. Current best practice in disaster management and development practice and the ability to apply best practice in an international setting, specifically within less developed countries and transitional societies

2. Challenge numeracy skills through an introduction to basic statistical analysis and quantitative risk analysis.

3. Ethical issues in humanitarianism dealing with international actions taken by government and non-government organisations following natural and man-made disaster.

4. Current thematic issues in disaster management including the possible implications of climate change and terrorism on civil protection.

5. Provide students with the opportunity to conduct substantive disaster analysis that will be peer-reviewed & presented in both an informal and formal setting.

Career Opportunities

As a hard-working, ambitious Manchester postgraduate, a wide range of exciting careers are within your reach. Students at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute come from a broad range of backgrounds, with varying levels of experience. Many who already have work experience will be able to harness the knowledge gained from their course to progress within their field of expertise, reaching senior roles in government and non-governmental organisations. Others will be able to use the course as a starting point to progress onto careers within NGOs, HR consultancies, financial institutions, academic institutions and more. Whatever your level of experience, you can access support from your tutors, the University Careers Service and an extensive alumni network to boost your career prospects further than ever before whilst at Manchester.

Subject areas

  • Introduction to disaster management
  • Risk management
  • Research & evaluation methods
  • Reconstruction and development
  • Emergency humanitarian assistance
  • Water sanitation planning & policy in the developing world
  • Global health
  • Fundamentals of epidemiology
  • History of humanitarian aid
  • Climate change, poverty and disaster management

Admission Requirement

An Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made.

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold an overall score of IELTS 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or an overall internet-based TOEFL test score of 100.



Geographical coverage



1 year full time or 2 years part time

Application procedure

Apply online

Tuition & cost

Course fees for entry in September 2013:

MA (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £6,300
International students (per annum): £13,000

MA (part-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150


Academic lead/course enquiries:
Paul Kailiponi, HCRI Lecturer in Disaster Management

Application process/administrative enquiries:

Last updated

29 May 2013

  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) United Kingdom (Manchester)
  • Language English

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