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Crisis and Disaster Management MSc

Crisis and Disaster Management MSc

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Full time | Main Site | 1 year | SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Disaster Mitigation Safety Administration / Regulations Earth Sciences

Course type


Course Summary


This course offers an exciting opportunity to learn about environmental and manmade hazards, vulnerability and risk, planning and logistics, disaster response and crisis management. You’ll develop your skills as a confident, professional emergency planner and responder, able to manage people and situations in the field.

Uniquely to Portsmouth, students take part in

  • – the UK’s largest annual international disaster response simulation exercise – for responders and agencies to practise and learn from disaster response.

    Careers and opportunities

    When you graduate, you'll have the knowledge and practical skills needed for a career in the emergency planning, crisis management or disaster response sectors anywhere in the world. The research and analytical components of the course, will support you in applying research positions, for example at PhD level.


    The learning outcomes of this module are: Design and plan the different aspects of an advanced research project, including academic aspects, time management, ethical approval and risk assessment. Implement an advanced research project that is based on the systematic collation, synthesis and analysis of primary or secondary data acquired by the student, in a particular aspect of crisis or disaster management. Systematically analyse primary or secondary data using new skills and knowledge and use this new information to critically evaluate a clearly defined research hypothesis. Undertake advanced analysis to generate new understandings and critically discuss these results in relation to identified limitations and within the context of previous published research. Report scientific results through different media including a thesis report written to a specified word limit using publication quality diagrams and figures, and an oral presentation to summarise research findings in a conference environment within a specified time limit.

    Tuition fees

    UK fees
    Course fees for UK students

    For this course (per year)


    International fees
    Course fees for EU and international students

    For this course (per year)


    Entry requirements

    A second class honours degree or equivalent, preferably with some relevant work experience in the emergency services or humanitarian sectors. Applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered.

    University information

    The University of Portsmouth is an innovative, research-driven institution with a modern, well-resourced campus which is a fantastic place to study at postgraduate level. The university invests intelligently in its teaching and facilities, delivering an internationally respected curriculum and providing a rich and varied student experience. Portsmouth is renowned in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, and produces an...more