Coventry University: Disaster Management and Resilience

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


The world in recent years has witnessed a steady rise in social and economic cost of weather-related and geological natural disasters, such as the recent floods in India, South America and East Africa the earthquakes in Nepal, Indonesia, China and Mexico. More significantly as the in-country capacity of many nations is developed to deal with disasters, international agencies are left to deal with the most complex and protracted emergencies resulting in food insecurity, famine and conflict in case study locations such as the recent West African droughts and the famine in Yemen.

Increasingly, an integrated global disaster response is called for, spanning multiple agencies and often many nations and governments. Responding agencies and their staff are facing new levels of complexity when trying to deal effectively with the management of large-scale, cross-country disasters.

This Master’s course aims to reflect the growing need for disaster managers to have practical solutions and be responsive and innovative in identifying, assessing and managing risks, hazards, emergencies and disasters. Broadly-based, it covers a range of exciting and relevant topics within the interdisciplinary field of disaster management. Focusing on the theoretical, policy and operational aspects of disaster management, we aim to use international case studies, guest speakers and workshops to illustrate how applied and theoretical knowledge complement each other.

Key Course Benefits * Optional opportunities to participate in exercises and site visits.

  • You will be taught by full time experienced and qualified lecturers.

  • Opportunity to take part in training exercises in a Crisis Simulation Centre to develop your skills in responding to emergencies in ‘real-time’

  • You will benefit from our extensive network of alumni, grown over more than 20 years returning to give guest talks, advise and employment opportunities

  • All our teaching staff have experience in preparedness, development and response; evaluation of the long-term sustainability of post-disaster housing reconstruction, advising on the formulation of a National Community Resilience Framework and on policy and strategies for warning and informing the public.


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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