Coventry University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Emergency Management and Resilience (Taught)

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Course summary

In a world where complex and dynamic emergencies are commonplace, individuals and organisations face ever-more challenging situations. Standards in the sector are high, and supporting this professionalism, employers are now demanding that emergency management practitioners are trained, qualified and accountable. With the flexibility to study 100% on-campus, 100% online or a blend of on-campus and online, this course is designed to enable you to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to anticipate, assess, mitigate, critically analyse, prepare, plan for and successfully respond to a range of emergencies and major incidents; operating confidently in policy development, strategy implementation, and response and recovery planning and management.

  • This postgraduate course has been externally reviewed by an external expert from the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (UK Cabinet Office) and meets the requirements of government and other organisations, helping to ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge to deal with complex and large-scale emergencies upon successful completion of the course.
  • Within this course, you will explore the academic tools that enable the analysis and evaluation of emergencies, emergency management, emergency preparedness and emergency planning processes.
  • The course is designed for current and future leaders and approaches the subject from both tactical and strategic perspectives, so that you can go on to devise emergency preparedness capabilities including plans and emergency plan testing and training programmes relevant to the broad range of threats and risks faced within the UK and beyond.
  • There will be opportunities to take part in training and exercises through simulated emergency scenarios in our immersive Simulation Centre


Modules encompass the full cycle of risk management processes, using this to inform contingency planning; anticipating and assessing the risk of emergencies; 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; and approaches to leadership, sharing information and co-operating with other local responders and national government to enhance coordination and efficiency. As part of this, you’ll examine risk from different angles, whether that’s exploring mitigations for local flood management or the impact of international terrorism. All modules are offered on a rolling basis at least once every eight months, ensuring that for part-time students, modules can be approached flexibly and fitted around the demands of full-time employment. Part-time students can select up to six modules in Year One, with the remainder completed in Year Two. Year one Modules Emergency Planning and Preparedness – 15 credits Integrated Emergency Management: Policy and Issues – 15 credits Community Preparedness, Recovery and Resilience – 15 credits Risk, Incidents and Leadership – 15 credits Training and Exercise Design and Delivery – 15 credits Foresight, Insight and Strategy – 15 credits Research Perspectives and Practice – 15 credits Business Continuity and Crisis Management – 15 credits Supporting Transition to Postgraduate Study – 0 credits Preparing to Research – 0 credits Working Paper – 50 credits Leading Diverse Workforces – 10 credits

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Essays Group work Presentations Reports Projects Coursework Individual Assignments The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Applicants with a lower class of degree and/or professional experience only will be individually considered and will usually be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

2023/24 fees TBC. Please see our website for latest information.
Emergency Management and Resilience at Coventry University - UCAS