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.
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.
You will undertake 180 credits of course units with the dissertation providing a contribution of 60 credits.
Course units may include:
- Introduction to disaster management
- Emergency Humanitarian Assistance
- Fundamentals of Epidemiology
- Humanitarian and Conflict Response Inquiries
- Ethics in World Politics
- Methods and Case Studies
- Reconstruction and Development
- Risk Management
- Climate Change and Disaster Management
- Global Health and Food Insecurity
- Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction
Course units may vary from year to year
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.
The HCRI MA bursary, worth £5,000, will fund home fees or can be used as partial payment for the overseas fee. It is tenable for one year only. Applicants should state their interest in the award within the funding section of the online application form and also provide a personal statement (max 500 words) outlining why they have chosen to study this particular MA and what they will bring to the course. The HCRI MA bursary is awarded based on a number of criteria including previous academic performance, relevant professional experience, reference letters, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement. Deadline for applications is 1 June 2012.
Course fees for entry in September 2012:
UK/EU students (per annum): £5,000
International students (per annum): £12,300
UK/EU students (per annum): £2,500
Deadline for entry in September 2012: August 2012 though candidates are encouraged to apply earlier to secure their place.
23 Mar 2012
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