Between 2005-2014, 700,000 people lost their lives in disasters affecting 1.7 billion people and causing $1.4 trillion worth of damage, according to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNSDR).
As the world faces an increasing number of natural and man-made disasters, the need for effective disaster management has become a global priority.
This course aims to develop your understanding of the causes of disasters, how to minimise their impact and develop long-term community resilience in both developed and less developed countries. It brings to life the challenges of managing crises when they happen, anywhere in the world.
Disaster management has been taught at Coventry University for over 20 years, so we have a wealth of experience. Our curriculum is systematically mapped against the current National Occupational Standards for Civil Contingencies, developed by UK Skills for Justice in association with the Emergency Planning Society. Our courses can also benefit from a longstanding partnership with the Outreach Organisation, whose specialist training and facilities focus on teambuilding and field skills, including Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), Casualty Management and Search Management for the emergency services.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The main types of disaster include: natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; technological disasters including industrial accidents, often involving the production, use or transportation of hazardous material; complex emergencies, such as the ongoing refugee crisis civil unrest and conflict; and pandemic emergencies, the sudden onset of contagious disease.
Our blend of academic and practical study seeks to provide you with a specialist understanding of all aspects of disaster management, as well as the specific emergency planning and management skills needed to prepare you for employment in this sector.
The course aims to develop your skills in problem-solving, teamwork and leadership, project management and communication, all of which are qualities employers demand. We strive to produce graduates who can make difficult decisions whilst being culturally sensitive, ethical and compassionate. We aim to equip our graduates with the skills to work for international relief and development organisations, private sector consultancies, national government, local authorities and United Nations agencies operating around the world.
Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, can help you in finding work experience while you study and employment on graduation. Choosing to undertake a work placement should improve your chances of finding graduate employment.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Where our graduates work
Recent graduates have gone on to work for Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre, RedR India, Oxfam GB, Halcrow Group Ltd, All hands, Lloyds Register, The Catholic Overseas Development Agency (CAFOD) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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