Risk Disaster and Environmental Management MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2016-17 entry

About the course

This course looks at risks in the business and organisational environment and considers the consequences when things go wrong. Businesses and organisations increasingly need to anticipate the likelihood and consequences of unexpected events and the necessary short and long term responses.

The programme is structured around three core management themes:

•  Risk: You will study a wide range of risks in business, organisational and geographical environments. You'll get the opportunity to learn how to identify, assess and manage these risks.

•  Disaster: The disaster management element of the course will enable you to develop your ability to analyse the consequences when things go wrong, and will give you the opportunity to develop the practical skills for disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation and management.

•  Environment: The course will enable you to understand how we interact with the natural environment and will explore how human activity can be managed to minimise negative environmental damage.

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Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018


September start - 1 year full-time
January start - 1 year full-time

Entry requirements

•  An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification in business, geography, science or health. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.

•  Applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.


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Course content

You will study the following modules:

Disaster and Emergency Management

This module gives you the theoretical and legislative framework for understanding natural and man-made disasters. This module pulls together emergency planning business continuity crisis management and disaster recovery and introduces the skills and knowledge required for effective management in a crisis. You will be assessed through a poster presentation and a 4000 word analysis of a selected aspect of disaster management.

Principles of Environmental Management

This module examines different approaches to the study of environmental management and consideration of a range of guidelines and principles for environmental management. Assessment is via two written essays; the first examines an environmental problem of your choice and the second is a reflective essay on key aspects of environmental management.

Principles of Risk

This module provides knowledge on the multidimensional nature of risk. You will examine the different contextual settings in which risk arises and is interpreted, including business risk, environmental risk, individual and societal risk, and disaster risk reduction. The module encourages critical evaluation through relevant case studies and practical exercises.

Corporate Responsibility & Governance

The aim of this module is to enable your understanding of the theory and practice of corporate governance and how this interfaces with ethical issues involving stakeholders in corporations. It attempts to achieve this through a mix of seminars, cases, and exercises that promote critical and reflective debate.

Research Methods and Techniques

This module is a designed to prepare you for your Dissertation.  The module covers issues such as choosing your topic, how to find out what is already known about your area of interest and qualitative and quantitative research design.  The module is assessed through the completion of a literature review and proposal for your dissertation.  You will be supported both by the module team and an individually assigned supervisor.

Sustainable Business: Environment Management in Practice

The module develops knowledge and understanding of the central tools of corporate environmental management. This involves an examination of the role of ISO14001 in the international business environment alongside an exploration of business responsibility. The module encourages critical evaluation through relevant case studies and practical exercises. Assessment is via a short environmental policy related assignment and a longer written assignment.

Business Continuity Management

This module presents the process principles and terminology of business continuity management (BCM) and provides a basis for understanding developing and implementing it within an organization. The module will discuss theory and practice and will use case studies to exemplify best practice. You will be assessed on your ability to consider the risks of a specific organisation operation or event.

To obtain the full Master's qualification you must also complete a dissertation. This will give you the opportunity to undertake a major piece of individual work that builds upon your knowledge, skills and interests.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

The course will appeal to: - people with environmental responsibilities - anyone working in a dangerous industry or volatile political situations - staff and volunteers in non-governmental organisations - emergency planning officers and other government workers with civil emergency planning responsibilities.

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Teaching and assessment

The course is taught primarily through block delivery. Modules are taught over a five day period, with a weekend break in the middle. There are eight taught modules, so this normally means four blocks in each semester. Most modules are assessed by coursework in the form of reports, essays and presentations.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.

Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

Other information

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If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff are contributing to the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry and the professions. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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