Coventry University: Crowded Places and Public Safety Management

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Energy, Construction and Environment
Study type Taught


Crowds and crowded places are an increasing fact of everyday life: from special events such as international sports and music festivals, to routine retail environments and transport hubs. Such is the complexity of these crowded places that to plan for them effectively requires specific understanding of the related internal and external threats that have the potential for catastrophic impact.

Designed with this need in mind, this specialist Master’s course aims to support the development of the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to deliver more effective crowd safety management planning for risks and threats, all based on evolving best practice. It will provide practitioners with a chance to develop a deeper understanding of the underlying issues and problems faced in the crowd safety, public safety and security management environment.

Designed for practitioners and those in associated roles in the crowd safety field, this course aims to enable you to develop the skills and expertise to work in a range of organisations with crowded places planning and response duties, such as security management, even management, the uniformed services, local authorities, public sector agencies, transport hubs, retail management, as well as private sector companies.

Course content is broad-based to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the subject. For example, as well as being taught current and evolving techniques and tactics used to prevent, plan, prepare or respond to crowded places emergencies, we will also cover critically appraising relevant technical data and information.

Students will have the chance to learn about behavioural theory and leadership at an organisational and individual level, providing an opportunity to develop a wide range of interpersonal skills to help develop and execute appropriate training initiatives and coordinate the work of broad-ranging teams.

Over 20 years ago, Coventry was one of the first UK universities to offer courses in the areas of emergency planning – once again the institution is leading the sector through courses such as this which fulfil the needs of those with responsibility for crowded places. Our goal is to work with current and future practitioners to improve the effectiveness of crowd safety management globally.

Members of our teaching team have practical experience and have carried out employment, consultancy and research in crowd safety management and allied professions. This includes emergency planning for managing mass gathering events, risk mapping, the preparation of response frameworks for mass evacuation, and the design and running of simulated emergency exercises.

We aim to draw from our own experience, as well as real-life case studies, to help you link the theories of crowded places and public safety management that you learn, to their application within actual local, national and international contexts.

Key Course Benefits * Opportunity to experience Coventry University’s Crisis Simulation Centre.

  • Our Centre is a beacon standard for advanced training of professionals from a wide range of emergency responders.

  • With a Learning Curve, interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially-trained actors, this training can not only help to improve skills, but can also help to develop new ways of working.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching and …

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