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Disaster Management BSc (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

Effective disaster management is a global priority. This course teaches the causes of disasters, and how to minimise their impact. It brings to life the challenges of managing crises when they happen, anywhere in the world.


You will learn about all aspects of the disaster cycle – prepare, respond, recover, prevent – and key management principles of planning, organising, coordinating and leading so that you can develop into the role of a disaster management professional. These professionals actively lessen the impact of human and environmental catastrophes. They are astute practitioners who work with numerous partners to quickly and accurately assess situations or communities and turn the recovery phase of a disaster to their advantage to secure long-term sustainable development.

We believe in learning by doing and this course gives you the chance to undertake a year of professional training (subject to successful application) with, for example, a national agency or humanitarian or training organisation, such as World Mission or Petrofac.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • 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;
  • opportunities to undertake site visits, practice field operations and attend international field courses;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring their professional and research expertise to their teaching;
  • training exercises in a state-of- the-art Crises Simulation Centre to develop your skills in responding in ‘real-time’ to emergencies;
  • the opportunity to specialise in the widest variety of disaster management subjects on offer in the UK: from water, sanitation and environmental engineering to community resilience, natural hazards, humanitarian aid and relief systems, business continuity management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and shelter and construction;

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.



The BSc Disaster Management shares a common first year with BSc Disaster Management and Emergency Planning, 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 the second year you will form a deeper understanding of hazards, risk and vulnerability by analysing factors such as poverty, environmental change and community resilience. In addition, you will develop practical skills in GIS, project management, crises management and logistics. 

In the final year you will assess a range of risk education interventions, investigate how disaster risk reduction can be mainstreamed into public policy and implement a systematic approach to disaster management. You will also have the opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research of your
choosing. Contributing to the work of the International Disaster Concern Society or other charities established by our students you can gain real experience of working in the humanitarian sector.


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


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


Your final grade will be calculated from approximately: formal examinations 25%; coursework reports, essays, exercises, presentations, posters 60%; project work 15%.

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


Site visits and training exercises mean that no two weeks will be the same but 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, 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 Merits. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

As well as providing you with a specialist understanding of all aspects of disaster management, the course aims to develop your skills in problem solving, teamwork and leadership, project management and communication, producing graduates who can make difficult decisions whilst being culturally sensitive, ethical and compassionate. This helps you to develop the capabilities required by international relief and development organisations, private sector consultancies, national government, local authorities and United Nations agencies operating around the world.

In addition to the University Careers Service you will have access to specialist advisors. They will help you to connect with organisations offering placement opportunities and provide one-to-one support as you fine-tune your career plans.

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 at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.


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;

Additional costs not included in the fees

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

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.

Click here for further details.


You will be given the opportunity to undertake international fieldwork. In recent years students have visited the Peoples Republic of China, Jordan, Taiwan and Italy. On the latter trip, for example, students analysed Venice’s flood defences to assess the site of the Vajont Dam disaster and investigate how earthquakes are monitored at Friuli, the epicentre of a 6.5 quake. Since disasters happen all around the world you will have opportunities to apply for an overseas placement during the professional training year.


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 – Rory Walshe

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the University. My decision to choose Disaster Management has been the best decision I’ve ever made.


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