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MSc in Emergency Management and Resilience

Main organization(s): Coventry University



This programme is designed to enable the student to develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills needed to identify, critically analyse, assess and successfully manage a range of emergencies; operating confidently in policy development, strategy implementation, and response and recovery management.

Course information

This programme explores the academic tools that enable the analysis and evaluation of emergencies, emergency plans and emergency planning processes, so that the student can go on to devise emergency plans and emergency plan testing programmes relevant to the broad range of threats and risks faced within the UK and beyond.

The student will cover important legal and political frameworks of the UK, European and international emergency and disaster management sector, giving special attention to the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act, which established a new legislative framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom and has significantly increased the demand for professionals in this area.

This legislation imposed a clear set of roles and responsibilities on those Category 1 and 2 organisations with a role to play in preparing for and responding to emergencies, such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS bodies and those who develop and support Critical National Infrastructure. These include: assessing the risk of emergencies occurring and using this to inform contingency planning with production of a Community Risk Register; putting in place emergency plans; creating business continuity plans to ensure critical functions continue in the event of an emergency; developing communications plans to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency; sharing information and co-operating with other local responders to enhance coordination and efficiency.

The course also aims to provide with an understanding of the issues that underlie many problems faced by emergency planning and management practitioners, such as multi-agency cooperation and coordination. The student will look at how these issues may be addressed in practice, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of Integrated Emergency Management.

Responding to the pressure on central and local government to increase levels of preparedness and develop more effective responses to realised risks and threats, the program aims to support the development of the appreciation of community-based approaches to emergency planning and planning, as well as the concept of risk and its importance for organisational crisis and business continuity management.

The student will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing the knowledge in the subject area.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, Coventry is committed to providing its students with the best possible experience. It continues to invest in both facilities and its innovative approach to education. Its students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from its modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Admission Requirement

To enter this course the student should have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or with a qualification in other subject areas will be individually considered and will usually be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course.

Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or with a qualification in other subject areas will be individually considered and will usually be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course. Applicants without a first degree, but who have considerable relevant work experience and/or a relevant professional development qualification, will also be considered for admission to the Programme, on merit. Such applicants will be interviewed and may be required to provide supportive evidence of their career to date.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ and ‘relevant work experience/relevant professional development qualification’ please write here.

The International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for the country of origin, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should the student needs more advice.

English as a Foreign Language  

This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required. 



Geographical coverage



One year full time; 2-3 years part time.

Application procedure

UK Applicants

To apply to study on a Postgraduate course (full-time or part-time) you should complete an online postgraduate application form.

What to include

If possible these should be submitted with an application form:

  • One current reference on official headed paper or from a professional email address (this can be a work or academic reference and must be signed and recently dated)

  • Copies of academic transcripts

  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates

  • Personal statement (at least 500 words)

If the students are being sponsored by an employer you must provide a sponsor letter on official headed paper or complete and send in a fee authorisation form – this must be sent to our finance department.

It is important that you send this information to us as soon as possible, either as paper copies by mail, or as scanned and emailed documents. 

International/EU Apllicants

You can apply through the following options and will receive an initial decision within two working days

  1. Online application form

  2. Downloadable application form

  3. Through one of our local offices in ChinaKenyaNigeriaIndonesia and Pakistan.





Students within the EU

EU nationals who start a higher education course in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees and financial support as home students. This financial support comes from Student Finance England and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

UK/EU Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship**

This is a cash scholarship worth up to £2,000 and available to all UK/EU students applying for a full-time postgraduate programme at Coventry University and achieved a first class degree.

Students will be automatically identified for the PGT Academic Excellence scholarship. Eligible students will be notified by email. Coventry will request the student's bank details. A cash payment will then be made directly into the student's UK bank account.

**The total incentive, scholarship or discount a student can receive is capped at 30% of the published course fees. Any other award may be reduced in value if the student qualifies for an Alumni discount (Coventry University alumni students only). The Alumni discount will be applied to the course fees as the primary discount. Where a student receives a combination of incentives, scholarships or discounts, the offerings may be reduced in value due to this cap.

International Scholarships

Coventry has a wide range of scholarships available to students from different nationalities and areas of interest to help enrich the talents of people from all over the world, as well as those locally. Scholarships are worth upto £5,000 and could be given regardless the country of origin.

To see if you are eligible, please visit international scholarships web page.

Tuition & cost

Coventry offers competitive tuition fees which it reviews on an annual basis and offers a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and aims for total financial transparency. Click here for more information. 


Deadline for application

For entry in January 2020, the application deadline is 31st December 2019.

For entry in May 2020, the application deadline is 1st May 2020.


If you would like further information regarding study or admissions, please write here

Last updated

11 Nov 2019

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

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