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Global Crisis, Conflict, and Disaster Management MSc

Global Crisis, Conflict, and Disaster Management MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Conflict Management (Business) Disaster Mitigation Disaster Studies Constitutional / Public Law

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc Global Crisis, Conflict and Disaster Management course is a globally unique programme, which is accessible to law and non-law graduates, including professionals engaged in humanitarian aid and disaster prevention and management. This innovative multidisciplinary programme examines the role of global law, policy, and practice across the spectrum of possible conflicts, ‘human-made’ and ‘natural’ disasters. It further considers significant crises not escalating to the scale of conflict or disaster, as well as complex emergencies. You will be taught in an engaging and interactive manner by world leading academics in this field, and you will also benefit from embedded mentoring, employability and practical training delivered by practitioners. There is flexibility for you to transfer between degree entry points (e.g. LLM, PGDip, PGCert); also to take individual modules with Certificates of Credit which are transferable to the degree programme. The programme will appeal to early and mid-career law and non-law professionals as well as recent graduates and career changers. In addition to developing core knowledge of foundational principles of International Law, this unique programme facilitates a multidisciplinary awareness – which is increasingly essential for working in the sectors of crisis, conflict and disaster management. The skills gained by undertaking a postgraduate Law degree are in great demand from both legal and non-legal employers. As with any postgraduate taught Law programme, completion of the various entry points will be an asset for students seeking employment in international courts and tribunals, United Nations agencies, legal practice and advocacy in the international law field, international NGOs, the public service (in the areas of foreign relations, international development, etc), law reform agencies, the media (journalism and broadcasting) and academia (with further postgraduate study). In addition, graduates are expected to be distinguishable in employability terms from the graduates of other Public International Law programmes due to this programme’s unique features, notably an increased multidisciplinary awareness which will better facilitate inter-disciplinary collaborations in the work place and which will be important for future roles both in the field as well as in management. Furthermore, there is the opportunity to become specialists in Disaster Law, an area of Law of growing national and international importance and for which there is likely to be increasing demand for specialists in the field.

Different course options

Full time | University of Reading | 12 months | OCT

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Hazard, risk, vulnerability and resilience
Law of armed conflict
Global architecture of crisis, conflict and disaster management
Human rights law, policy and practice
Disaster management

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


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

Applicants normally required to have an undergraduate second upper class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.