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MSc Disaster Management

  • Delivery:
    Part-Time, Full time according to Funding Council definitions

We are one of the leading providers of Disaster Management training and education both in the UK and overseas.  

This MSc in Disaster Management seeks to recognise both the extent and diversity of the numerous areas of expertise and activity that comprise what is commonly described as disaster management.  

Our aim is to develop the knowledge and skills required for existing and future leaders from a broad range of organisations (such as government agencies, national and international industries, emergency, military and medical services, academia, small to medium sized industries, faith based and local community organisations and media).

Your studies will include risk reduction and resilience strategies including mitigating hazards and reducing vulnerability and you will also examine integrated planning between relevant civilian and military organisations as well as community groups. You will learn how to develop major incident management systems that respond to, and help recover from, a range of disasters when they occur.

You will examine the roles and responsibilities of external agencies involved in disaster management and develop your personal communication and simulation skills to exploit and implement lessons identified from previous disaster events.

In a world in which both public and private sectors are increasingly aware of the risks to their reputation and business survival when disaster strikes, your studies will prepare you to be able to promote disaster management planning within wider security and sustainable development strategies in such a way that they are fully integrated, practised and exercised.

Each unit on the full-time and part-time delivery of this course is taught via one week intensive lectures and seminars at Bournemouth University, followed by eight weeks of online learning, developmental activities and assignment writing which can be conducted in your own time from anywhere in the world. 

If you are a national from outside of the EEA and interested in applying for this course, you will need a visa to travel to the UK. Please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team for more information.

For September 2021 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in October 2020 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University


1 year full-time; 2 years maximum part-time. Each unit is delivered via one week of intensive lectures/seminars followed by 8 weeks online learning

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in any subject, or equivalent

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information see our full entry requirements.

Course details

For full-time and part-time options

Each taught unit is delivered via one week of intensive lectures/seminars at Bournemouth University, Monday to Friday, 9am–4pm. This is then followed by eight weeks of online learning study, developmental activities and assignment writing. This can be conducted in your own time from anywhere in the world. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 464kb)

Entry requirements

Your application

This course is designed for applicants who:

  • Are creative and enthusiastic
  • Are able to work to tight and competing deadlines
  • Are able to work independently as well as enjoy working with other people
  • Can work with students from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.

How to apply

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Jamie Simpson

I have loved the course. Every module I have attended has been thoroughly engaging, interesting and I have learned so much. The lecturers have all been great. Honestly, I wish I enrolled years sooner!

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