MSc in Emergency Management

Dublin City University
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Type
    University programme
  • Level


Emergencies and crises, both national and international, continue to negatively impact our business and societies. Risks faced today are more interconnected and complex than ever before. As a result governments, organisations and businesses are seeking new, more effective ways to prepare, respond and recover from an emergency or crises; as well as ensuring the continuity of operations during these incidents. As part of this programme, participants will explore the principles of emergency management and gain a firm grounding in both international theory and current practice. The programme will also provide students with a deep understanding of emergencies, risks, and crisis not only focusing on the response phase, but preparedness, mitigation and recovery.

The MSc in Emergency Management is the first programme of its kind in Ireland. The programme, launched in 2007 by DCU Business School, has been endorsed by the National Steering Group for Major Emergency Management, The Emergency Planning Society and Pharmachemical Ireland.

This programme will allow you students keep up-to-date with current, relevant developments in emergency management from both a national and international perceptive. Participants will be taught how to engage in research, evaluate information critically, and apply theories and models, in order to enhance your knowledge and advance your career.


Our MSc in Emergency Management programme is delivered, part-time, over two years via a block release structure. This means you typically attend classes over two consecutive days per month (usually Thursday and Friday). We do this so that you can adjust your study around your own daily life.

We are always horizon scanning and adapting the content of the course to suit the emergency manager of the future. Presently, the core topics include:

  • Emergency Management Theory and Practice
  • Systematic Emergency Management (Risk analysis, Preparedness, Response and Recovery)
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Leadership and Change
  • Crisis Communications
  • Issues & Trends in Emergency Management Research
  • Emergency Management Dissertation

The dissertation gives you the chance to specialise your study further by focusing on an area of particular interest. Students often find this 30 credit module an excellent selling point when seeking employment or promotion.

The MSc in Emergency Management programme is informed by the findings of international research, including our own academic, industry and government work. Delivered by block release over two consecutive days per month, over two years.

The Programme has been endorsed by the National Directorate for Fire & Emergency and Crisis Management. Staff and participants bring considerable professional expertise to the programme, thus allowing for interesting class discussion and peer learning.

DCU Business School is accredited by AACSB, a standard reached by only 5% of business schools worldwide reflecting its established international reputation for high quality graduates.

View the current course structure.


For admission to the MSc in Emergency Management candidates must hold:

  • A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional qualification and at least 3 year’s relevant work experience (relevant experience includes working in the PRAs, the Defence Forces, or in a risk, crisis, emergency or general management role). 
  • Applicants who have achieved a 2.2 Honours degree may still obtain a place. This will depend on availability of places and on obtaining high grades in relevant modules on their undergraduate programme. 
  • Exceptional candidates who do not meet these requirements may be considered for entry, based on their work experience and other relevant achievements, subject to interview.
  • The programme commences with a compulsory Orientation Session, which takes place the week before the standard University commencement date.
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