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Disaster Management and Emergency Planning BSc (Hons)


This course runs from 2017/18

Time matters in a crisis. Thorough planning, clear communication and effective strategies save lives and limit disruption. This course blends academic study with experiential learning of best practice to teach you about disaster preparedness and response and helps to create professionals who are ready for action.


This course aims to give you the knowledge required to pursue a career in emergency planning and management. You will examine theory and practice in a range of countries, benchmarking approaches in the UK with, for example, those in mainland Europe, Asia and North America.

Successful students will develop the skills needed to manage the response to civil emergencies, technological incidents (e.g. Deepwater Horizonblowout and oil spill), major transport accidents (such as MV Sewol) and natural disasters (e.g. Tohoku earthquake and Ebola outbreak).

The (optional) Professional Training Year enables you to build relevant experience in the industry. As a consequence a successful graduate should be well placed to pursue a career in emergency response, civil contingency, business continuity and/or industrial incident management.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • employment prospects in public, charitable and private organisations involved in emergency planning and management;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional and research expertise into their teaching;
  • the opportunity to apply to undertake a year of professional training with a relevant organisation. Recent placements have included working for regional fire and police teams, utility companies, airport operators, local authorities, Transport for London and oil spill response companies;
  • residential courses at a specialist training centre for the UK emergency services;
  • site visits and the opportunity to attend an overseas field course led by international experts;
  • access to a state-of-the-art Crises Simulation Lab to participate in ‘live’ training exercises;
  • a wealth of experience. Coventry was the first UK University to offer courses in disaster management; Coventry pioneered the professional training year for disaster managers; and Coventry graduates form one of the largest bodies of disaster management alumni in the world.



The BSc Disaster Management and Emergency Planning shares a common first year with BSc Disaster Management, enabling you to choose either course in later years.

You will start by developing an understanding of the causes of disasters, their impacts on people and critical infrastructure through the analysis of real case studies and the role of emergency management. As part of these studies you will be introduced to environmental systems, humanitarian operations and organisational management.

In your second year you will form a deeper understanding of emergency response and crises management in the UK and examine business continuity in public and private sector organisations. Alongside this knowledge you will develop practical skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), best practice in crisis communications and methods to assess disaster interventions. 

In your final year you will learn how to design and implement training exercises as a key part of a disaster mitigation strategy. You will have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues in disaster management and emergency planning in the UK and internationally by participating in networking events with alumni and guest lectures, and attending site visits and/or an (optional) field course respectively.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


Our Civil Engineering courses are ranked 10th by Guardian University Guide 2018


How will my learning be assessed?An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • coursework reports, essays, exercises, presentations, posters 60%;
  • formal examinations 25%;
  • project work 15%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of small group teaching each week.

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.

Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical offers

A-Levels: ABB-BBB

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0.

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Our distinctive blend of academic and practical study aims to ensure you develop specific emergency planning and management skills needed to prepare you for employment in this sector. Employers seek graduates who can demonstrate effective problem solving, teamwork and leadership, management and communication skills. As these attributes are the hallmark of a disaster management and emergency-planning graduate, you should have opportunities to pursue a career with a wide range of organisations.

Our graduates have secured employment in the public and/or private sector working for organisations such as the Red Cross UK, PricewaterhouseCoopers and security consultancies, industrial and aviation companies, local and regional emergency services, the uniformed services, NHS and the Environment Agency.

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.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards. 


Included in the fees

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Student membership of the Emergency Planning Society (EPS).

Additional costs not included in the fees

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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You will be given the opportunity to undertake international fieldwork. In recent years we have visited China, Taiwan and Italy to observe and evaluate emergency management approaches.

Previous students have also volunteered in Haiti following earthquakes and across the world where natural disasters have taken place.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – Laura Crofts

I chose the course because it was a little bit different from the other courses in the disaster management field and it offered the specialist skills modules that I was interested in.

I then went on the MSc course to advance my career and give me the next qualification upwards within this field of work.

I chose to study at Coventry University as it was the best University offering this particular course. As for the MSc, because I had studied at Coventry and I knew the lecturers, I also knew that I would get good quality teaching and guidance from some of the industry’s most experienced people.

Before doing my first degree I was working in retail. I got a job straight after graduating and was working in Emergency Planning at officer level within the private sector before leaving to take up a place on the MSc course. Both courses gave me the opportunity to network with professionals in the field of Disaster Management and I particularly enjoyed the outdoors aspects.

The dedicated resource room was very useful and the library always had the required materials. I also found that my tutors were very supportive and always approachable.

I am now working within the area for which I trained. I feel that I have the academic background and knowledge to support me within the job that I do. I feel that the university has supported me in my choice of career and thanks to them I have a job that I am passionate about.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time; 4 years sandwich (study abroad or work placement)

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152