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.