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Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management MSc

Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Disaster Mitigation Security

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

Develop the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to work in the fields of intelligence, security, emergency planning, crisis and disaster risk reduction and management in the UK and overseas

Combine the knowledge and skills developed in an inter-disciplinary programme where social sciences, natural sciences and public and environmental health provide real-life solutions to real-life resilience issues

Improve your skills as you engage with all aspects of emergency preparedness, resilience and response across a range of natural and man-made hazards, from terrorism and extreme weather events to public health and humanitarian crisis

Wherever you are in your career, develop your professional focus and ability in emergency preparedness, resilience or response

Combine theory and best practice as your learning includes practical multi-agency exercises, simulations and response structures across all emergency services. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.


An MSc Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management opens up many career options, including:

  • Emergency Planning Officers in private or public sector roles
  • Crisis Management
  • Risk Assessors
  • Atomic and nuclear emergency response
  • First responder services (Police, Fire and Ambulance Services)
  • British Transport and Nuclear Police
  • Civil Service
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • Business Continuity
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Governments in the UK and elsewhere in intelligence roles, military or civil intelligence and/or security services
  • National Crime Agency
  • United Nations (UNHCR, UNICEF)
  • Civil Aviation
  • Security in the private sector
  • Environmental and public health roles in international arenas
  • Disaster Managers and Disaster Relief Specialists
  • Travel and Insurance Specialists
  • Underwriter
  • British Red Cross (BRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • People in Need (Rapid Deployment Professionals)
  • Relief International
  • Save the Children
  • Goal Global
  • International Human Rights roles

Different course options

Full time | Kedleston Road Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Research and the Skilled Practitioner (20 Credits) - Core
Introducing Risk and Managing Disasters (40 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

2020/21 UK/EU fees is £875 per 20 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

For the MSc you will usually need: an undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) in a social science subject (criminology, sociology, psychology, international relations, policing, criminal justice), natural sciences (including but not exclusive to geography, earth sciences) or health (across a range of programmes to be discussed with programme leader), business studies or economics. We also welcome applicants who have substantial professional experience but do not have a degree, subject to personal statements, references and interviews with the programme leader.

University information

The University of Derby is spread across two campuses in Derby and Chesterfield. Derby is proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries around the world, so you’ll be part of a diverse, international community. Whether you are progressing from undergraduate study, want to change or develop your career, or simply study the subject you love in more depth, the University offers a wide range of courses and flexible study methods...more