Qualification level
Study type
18 months part-time
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About the course

Disaster Management is an inter disciplinary subject that draws upon a wide range of disciplines from ‘hard’ to ‘soft’ sciences. It is focused around complex political, social and economic activity and reflects the very heart of governance in a country. Organisations of all sizes are required to assess ‘risk’ in both the physical (real world) and virtual (cyberspace) and to examine how socio-technical systems are made vulnerable by human factors interfacing with technology.

This qualification is designed to be delivered to an organisation's requirements. Dates, times and a venue can be mutually agreed. Participants have the option to take each unit as a separate CPD course and can choose whether to be assessed to accumulate academic credits leading to the award of Master of Science (MSc). Please contact the course administrator, Lauren Jarrad, for more information.

On the course, we cover best practice in crisis and disaster management, cyber security, information assurance and incident management planning, allowing you to reflect on your own work-based security events and incidents. Participants will develop practical policies and plans which can be applied and integrated within a sustainable economic framework.

Next start date:

As required


Bournemouth University or a mutually acceptable venue


Normally over 18 months (part-time)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent international degree level qualification. If you do not meet this criteria we may accept professional practice experience (minimum 5 years). For more information check out our full entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 or above (with a minumum 5.5 in each of the component scores or equivalent). For more information check out our internatoinal entry requirements page.

Course details

Core units

  • Developing Policies & Plans; This unit module will introduce you to the problems and issues relating to the development and implementation of policies and plans for crisis and disaster management. You will evaluate major incident management models, and raise your awareness of current national and international best practices relevant to developing your own disaster management policies and plans.
  • Management of Natural Disasters; You will examine the complexities of natural hazards which could affect your country. You will learn to evaluate the management issues associated with such hazards, and how these can be applied to major incident management, risk reduction and recovery and national planning.

  • Management of Technological, Social & Intentional Disasters; This module focusses on the nature and types of man-made (human instigated) hazards (including on land, air, sea, crowd safety accidents, industrial accidents). Taking a case study approach, you will evaluate the lessons learned from recent reports and complete a strategic level multi-hazard planning and response exercise as part of a group.

  • Cyber Security; You will develop skills and knowledge for cyber security. This module covers the life cycle of cyber security mechanisms, including the design, development, management and, most importantly, sustainability.

  • Security Event & Incident Management; This module will teach you the principles of security event and Incident management including concepts such as event logging and collection. You will learn to define policies, processes, procedures, roles and responsibilities and understand the issues of lead implementation of ISO 27001.

  • Information Assurance Management; This module will teach you how to evaluate the human factors relevant to information assurance planning. You will examine the roles and accreditation, compliance and governance in information assurance.

  • Individual Masters Project; An opportunity to critically investigate and report on a particular issue in-depth.

Programme specification

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