MSc Disaster Management

This course will prepare you with advanced knowledge and skills to lead on disaster management. Learn risk reduction, resilience strategies and develop major incident management systems that respond to, and help recovery from a range of disasters.

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

Why study MSc Disaster Management at BU? 

  • Learn at one of the leading providers of Disaster Management training and education both in the UK and overseas 
  • Develop knowledge and skills from a broad range of organisations, such as government agencies, international industries, and emergency services, required for future leaders 
  • Acquire critical understanding of risk reduction and resilience strategies to enable to you respond and help recover disasters when they occur 
  • Flexible learning options, including a choice of full-time or part-time study 
  • Unique campus based learning experience 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) 

Bournemouth University’s Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) has garnered decades of experience in education, research and professional practice. 

The BUDMC enjoys an international reputation, selected alongside BU’s International Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Research by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) to undertake vital research into global disaster management. Find out more here

Key information

Next start date:

September 2023, September 2024


Bournemouth University


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. Each unit is delivered via one week of intensive lectures/seminars followed by 8 weeks of additional 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) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components (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–5pm. This is then followed by eight weeks of additional study and developmental activities. Students are supported during this period through a series of lectures, seminars, webinars and tutorials designed to help complete your assignments to the best of your ability.

Download the programme specification for September 2022 (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 graduates are now employed in a variety of organisations all over the world, such as:

  • Solace Global, a Risk Management & Crisis Avoidance company
  • Showsec, a Festival Management company 
  • Bristol City Council
  • Team Rubicon UK, a Disaster Response Volunteer company 
  • Anvil Group, a Private Security company 
  • Catapult Centres, a Technology & Innovation company 
  • Penspen, Engineering & Management Services 

Cost and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find information on living costs for postgraduate students

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

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