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International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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As demand grows around a strategic global response to the ever-changing and increasing risks, shocks and stresses arising from natural and anthropogenic hazards, it is increasingly important that we build an understanding of the root causes of vulnerability to disasters as a pathway to developing resilient communities.

The International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response programme is a multidisciplinary course designed to enhance collaboration amongst natural and social sciences, medicine and the arts in exploring disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.

This programme seeks to bridge the divide between development and humanitarian action - bringing together cross disciplines including development planners, and climate scientists, on the intersection of disaster risk reduction.

As a student you will explore methods for improvement in building the disaster resilience of communities - both globally and locally in the UK. Through the course you can expect to build research expertise, practical knowledge and management skills in disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to reduce negative impacts on health, social, economic and environmental spheres.

You will find this multidisciplinary programme unique , with the core courses demonstrating the linkages across disaster risk management, climate change, sustainable development and humanitarian action. The compulsory courses create an integrated approach to the field - rather than offering a selection of discrete modules available in geography, sociology, history and environmental science rather than a dedicated programme. The University of Manchester is unique in having strengths in humanitarian and conflict response underpinned by history, politics, medicine, geography and development studies. This will provide you with wide options to choose from whilst having a grounding in humanitarianism and disaster management. For the third level dissertation you will be asked to choose from a wide range of topics that relate to disaster management and humanitarian response.

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject.

Language options: We recognise there is great demand from employers in the humanitarian sector for languages. Therefore, up to a third of your degree can be made up of studying languages, such as French, Arabic, German, or Russian.

Aims

1. Provide a critical insight into destabilising events and develop an understanding and appreciation of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.
2. Develop knowledge and understating of key issues which inform the debates on disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.
3. Develop practical expertise in risk and vulnerability analyses, disaster preparedness and response and the integration of development and humanitarian action.
4. Foster an informed attitude on ethical issues related to humanitarianism, including international actions taken by governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations in response to disasters of both natural and human origins.
5. Develop strategic research methodologies and techniques, including data gathering, collation, analysis and dissemination of results in disaster risk management and humanitarian action contexts.

Special Features

Field work: This programme will include field study either in the UK or abroad (at additional cost) where you will look at concepts such as emergency preparedness and response, recovery and reconstruction in relation to a specific hazard, specific vulnerabilities and humanitarian response to such disasters..
Work placements: Work placements with humanitarian organisations will allow you to gain valuable professional experience.

Research dissertation: The dissertation allows you to make the focus of your last semester here truly your own and relevant to your personal interests and prospective career.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code VL38
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB Typical Contextual Offer: ABB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits
M: 6 credits
We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.
The specific course requirements are either GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), or achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having six credits each in English and Maths. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

We also require a minimum of 39 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 6 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.
Scottish Higher Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system,
the following will apply.

For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

AAB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher Grade A.

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2 We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3,D3,M2 in the Pre-U and AAB at A level in three distinct subjects.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement (and at interview, if  relevant).  We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account, should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

For this programme, you will be made the standard offer plus an alternative one, if you are studying for an EPQ.  The alternative offer will be one grade below the standard offer but you will also be asked to achieve a Grade A in your EPQ.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points 35 points overall. 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 New scale: Higher Level grades of H2, H2, H2, H3, H3.

Pre-2017: A1, A2, B2, B2, B2.
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D* plus two A Levels at Grades BB, OR full Technical Extended Certificate Grade D plus two A-levels at Grades AB.  In both cases, at least one of the A-levels should be in an essay-based subject such as English or History.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with Grades DDD.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma D*D Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades D*D plus an A-level at min. Grade B in an essay-based subject (such as English or History) plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A, preferably in a Humanities subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AB; one of the A-levels should be in a Humanities subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D We require a D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in an essay-based subject (such as English or History) plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Scottish Advanced Higher Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system,
the following will apply.

For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

AAB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher Grade A.

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/)


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With a minimum Writing score of 6.5.
TOEFL (iBT) 93.0 With a minimum Writing score of 23.

GCSE English Language Grade B/6. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/

Provider information

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Course contact details

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