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MSc Disaster Management and Sustainable Development

MSc Disaster Management and Sustainable Development

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Disaster Mitigation Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

From climate change, impact of global warming, hazards, vulnerability and human-made disaster, to environmental sustainability and community resilience, this Disaster Management and Sustainable Development Masters at Northumbria University explores contemporary real-world problems and provides you with the skills and knowledge to conceptualise and address these issues.

This course is equally relevant for those working in the field who wish to strengthen their academic and professional standing, as it is to those seeking to change direction and develop new knowledge and skills with new areas of expertise. You will learn how to prepare for and respond to a crisis and develop the planning skills to help minimise impact and avert problems. You will develop advanced knowledge, project management and analytical skills whilst exploring a specialism in an area of your choice. Disaster management, disaster preparedness and disaster reduction is intertwined with sustainability of solutions responding to needs for humanitarian aid across the globe.

The Masters course is supported by the Disaster and Development Network (DDN) hosted by Northumbria University, which can lead to placements across the world. Our highly employable graduates have moved into a range of exciting careers, including in the UN, governments, development, humanitarian aid organisations, charities and local authorities.

Your Future

Our graduates are highly employable, equipped with the skills to address hazards, disasters, risks, vulnerabilities and complex emergencies, working with/in relief and development organisations, national authorities and emergency services at a local or global level.

Graduates go on to careers in a widely diverse range of related areas, for example:

1. Emergency Planner/Emergency Planning Manager;

2. Disaster and Development Academic and/or Researcher;

3. Business Contingency Manager;

4. Humanitarian and United Nations Consultant;

5. Deputy Head of Field Officer of the Office of the United Nations for Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA)

and are often working for Environmental Agencies, Local Authorities and International, National, Regional and Local Non-Governmental Offices - often at managerial level.

A number of students who already worked in the sector have subsequently progressed to senior roles in United Nations bodies, World Vision and UK Emergency Planning. Others have successfully gone on to PhD research before pursuing a career in academia in a range of countries around the world, both so-called developed and developing.


You will learn about the foundations (research theories), benefits / advantages and limits /drawbacks of a range of advanced standard social science research methodologies. You will thus be in a better position to design a research strategy and operationalise this, particularly for your Masters Dissertation or Project, but also for future graduate employment in knowledge societies and research-rich or informed careers and professions. You will also be better prepared to scrutinise other people?s / organisations? research, and to what extent it is appropriate, robust and meaningful ? particularly the connection between research objectives / questions and methods and interpretation of findings.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have: A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject. Other subject qualifications, equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Northumbria is an innovative and pioneering university with a mission to ‘Take on Tomorrow’. Through cultivating the next generation of visionaries and innovators, Northumbria empowers students to challenge the status quo and tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused university with a keen focus on professional practice and a global reputation for academic excellence. It is also renowned for its...more