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MSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response

MSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response

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Distance without attendance | The University of Manchester | 5 years | SEP

Study mode

Distance without attendance


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Disaster Mitigation International Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

Our MSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response distance learning course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to respond to and help prevent disasters.

When disasters strike suddenly, they require a quick response, and create burdens for rescue and humanitarian workers.

There is a great demand not only for preparing and equipping workers prior to the disaster event, but also building knowledge and skills to prevent disasters from occurring.

A community that has both a team with the capacity to prevent disasters and a ready-to-respond team can reduce disaster mortality and economic losses.

Our master's course is consistent with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030, which emphasises disaster education, including for personnel who have difficulty in attending conventional face-to-face provisions.

This course has been designed to equip you with advanced knowledge, and to continue your personal development in disaster risk management and humanitarianism.

You will learn to conduct theoretical and practical analysis, as well as evaluation to support disaster management and humanitarian action in global health contexts.

This course offers flexible online study that enables part-time students to obtain a master's degree without residency and boundary restrictions.


We aim to:

  • provide you with critical insights into competing perspectives on how disaster management and humanitarian action can be understood, analysed and explained - from both an historiographic and contemporary viewpoint;
  • develop your analytical skills in critically evaluating the idea of disaster risk management and humanitarian action and the ways it has been organised, justified and implemented. This includes competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches;
  • develop your skills in gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources. This will be complemented by guidance on how best to manage workloads and obtain research materials;
  • enable MSc students to apply established techniques of research and enquiry to a relevant research area to create and/or interpret knowledge.

Teaching and learning

This course is delivered online through streamed lectures, discussion boards and other e-learning elements.

Coursework and assessment

Each course unit will include outline readings with points for discussion. These will help focus your study, while an online chat room/discussion board will be provided as an optional tool.

Course units will be assessed by formative and summative prose-based assessments.

Career opportunities

This course can open up a wide range of career options, such as roles in the civil service within various government ministries, including disaster management offices, foreign offices, and international development offices.


Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience (15 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (MSc Global Health) (60 Credits) - Core
Community Approaches to Health (15 Credits) - Core
Research Methods (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

A Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent in a relevant degree in any discipline from a recognised university or its equivalent.