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MSc- Community wellbeing in disaster and development

Main organization(s): Northumbria University


About the course

People are living in a dangerous and uncertain world. The world seems full of violent conflicts. Disasters such as hurricanes, droughts and tsunamis and development failures such as the current global economic crisis make life difficult for communities everywhere. However, since the beginning of human civilisation, people have been dealing with these miseries, dangers and unknowns.

Religions, traditions, cultures and science, influence the ontological bases with which people understand these challenges. There is a high level of demand from the United Nations, International and Community Based Organisations and individuals to strengthen capacity to deal with community wellbeing all over the world.

The stimulating MSc Community Wellbeing in Disaster and Development will provide teaching and learning in community wellbeing based on empirical evidence from community experiences around the world, using both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.

The course will provide opportunities to progress your skills development, technical capacity and research interests relevant to the challenges now occurring in the world of disaster, conflict and development.

-This new MSc has been developed to reflect the increased demand in wellbeing from the academic, policy and practitioner circles around the world.
-It provides a fascinating insight into the theories, concepts and practice underlying the discourse on community wellbeing in disaster and development.
-The course is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, combining geographical, sociological and anthropological analysis of the concepts of community wellbeing, with insights from indigenous and western alternative knowledge systems.
-The MSc promotes diversity of intake, in terms of experience, qualifications and interests, to encourage the exchange of knowledge and learning in a friendly and supportive learning environment.
-Most modules are also available individually as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Research methods

The module explores the research process, research designs, methods and data analysis. It introduces a variety of theories and methods of research and will prepare the student for the dissertation proposal. He/She will learn different research approaches such as art work, storytelling, theatre and other community-oriented research techniques. Appreciation of culture and value-based information-gathering processes will be discussed to understand and support a community that is essentially in the provision of professional and high quality intervention. At the end of the module, he/she will be able to critically assess research methods, and identify and justify a feasible, ethical and appropriate research topic in community wellbeing.

MSc project (Community wellbeing)

The MSc Project is designed to be an in-depth critical analysis of a relevant issue of community wellbeing theory, policy or practice that has been addressed in the course. On submission of a research proposal you will be assigned an appropriate supervisor who will agree a timetable of sessions aimed at developing your original ideas. As well as individual tutorials there will be opportunities to attend additional writing skills workshops within the course.

Target audience

-Professionals working in disaster, conflict and development policy and practice for whom the discourse of wellbeing is becoming increasingly relevant.
-Professionals who would like to deepen their understanding of community wellbeing from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective with a strong policy and practice focus.
-Recent graduates who are interested in disaster, conflict and development affected communities and in international issues, and who are seeking a deeper conceptual, practical and ethical understanding of the discourse on community wellbeing.



Geographical coverage



20 Sep 2010 - 31 Aug 2011

Application procedure

Please apply online here

Deadline for application

Register before August 2010


Disaster and Development Centre
Janaka Jayawickrama
Northumbria University
School of Applied Sciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 (0) 191 227 4549

Last updated

14 Jan 2010


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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) United Kingdom (Newcastle)

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