Risk Disaster and Environmental Management MSc

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

This course looks at the various risks businesses face, and considers the consequences when things go wrong. This will help you to identify, assess and manage these risks, preparing you for a career in a variety of management roles.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

15

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

In today’s interconnected world, businesses and organisations are facing significant environmental, societal and economic challenges. These can range from climate change, to economic recession and natural disasters, to higher levels of insecurity. Anticipating and managing the consequences of such real-world issues and events is increasingly relevant and important.

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

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.

"Whilst the course is an academic programme, we make sure that students leave the University with really practical skills; ensuring our students can apply the knowledge they have learnt to real-life situations."

Julia Meaton

Dr Julia Meaton, Course Leader for Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management MSc

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification in business, geography, science or health. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.
  • Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English must meet the minimum requirements of an English language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5 or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
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Course Detail

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.

Forensic Aspects of Disaster Management

This module explores the forensic aspects of disaster management such as victim identification and crime investigation in the aftermath of a man-made or natural disaster. It examines the role of the forensic teams in the context of other management teams and stakeholders, and discusses the challenges that face them. It introduces the standard techniques, procedures and protocols that management teams use to encourage and facilitate the return to normality.

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 research. The module looks at how to choose your topic, how to research the current knowledge in your area of interest, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. The module is assessed through the completion of a literature review and proposal for your research paper or 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.

Here at Huddersfield 100% of permanent teaching staff* have professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard. View our teaching quality and learning support services for students at Huddersfield Business School.

We have links with a number of professional bodies that can help your professional development and offer additional insights to your industry and profession. Huddersfield Business School is an official HE Partner of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You'll have access to a number of guest lectures and networking events throughout your studies.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Teaching excellence

  1. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We know that for a fact, because all our permanent teaching staff* have been awarded professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard.

  2. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

  3. For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called Unilearn. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

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.

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