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Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management MSc

Ken Edwards Building, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

+44 (0) 116 223 1818

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Type of course
Distance learning

Length of course
Two to three years by Distance Learning

Date of commencement
Starting in March

Please note that the fees for our distance learning programmes are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

Payment options

You will have the option to pay:
1.Your full tuition fee course on initial registration or
2.Half of your course fee on initial registration (the final half of your course fee will be due on the anniversary of your initial registration) or
3.Over six instalments over the first two years of your study (three instalments if you are studying the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma)

The University accepts a range of payment methods.

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / Overseas students: 18/82
2. Ratio of Men / Women: 54/46
3. Age range: 21 - 50

Admissions requirements
• Possession of a good UK honours degree or its overseas equivalent OR an acceptable professional qualification
• OR possession of either the University of Leicester’s Diploma in Management or the University of Leicester’s Professional Diploma in Management
• English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5, or TOEFL 90 (IBT)

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
Our graduates have gone onto work for a variety of companies. Some examples include: BMW, Cable and Wireless, Citibank, General Motors Corporation, Imperial Oil, JP Morgan Chase and Co, KPMG, Nikon AG Switzerland, Qatar Petroleum, Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever.

University Leicester
School of Management

MSc Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management

Course aims

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst increasing your understanding of risk, crisis and disaster management and applying that knowledge in your professional role.

This course provides you with a thorough grounding in risk management theory and its application to real world problems. You will have the opportunity to engage in a wide-ranging interdisciplinary analysis of the extent, effects and explanations of crisis and disaster, and the use of risk theory.

As well as ensuring you are up-to-date with the latest developments in risk management, the course will provide you with the skills and confidence to plan and execute research and engage in debate. You will develop skills in evaluating information critically, communicating ideas clearly, undertaking advanced conceptual analysis, understanding and applying theories and models, using information sources effectively, reporting and interpreting research critically, and developing new approaches to problem-solving.

Your career opportunities will be enhanced and your potential developed. You will also develop valuable links with risk management experts and professional associations.

Course Structure

Year 1
• Theories of Risk and Crisis
• Managing Risk and Crisis
• Research Methods in the Study of Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management
• Case Studies in Risk Crisis and Disaster Management
Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2
• Models of Risk, Crisis and Disaster
• Emergency Planning Management

Plus your Dissertation
Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.


You will be able to study by distance learning through our module study books - available in hard copy and electronically - and Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. This will give you online access to materials to support each module, discussions forums hosted by module tutors and chat rooms where you can network with fellow students.

You will receive support throughout the course from a group of dedicated support staff available through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, and via email. You will be provided with a timetable and key study targets to enable effective time management. Tutors will always be available to you to discuss any aspects of your study either by phone or email.

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library's electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books. You are also welcome to join campus-based activities (by prior arrangement) at any time.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.


The course is based on continuous assessment comprising a written assignment of 4,000 words for each of the six modules studied. Each module lasts 12 weeks. Approximately five months are allowed to prepare and complete the dissertation.

The University of Leicester School of Management

The University of Leicester School of Management is increasingly recognised as one of the top management schools within the UK, with an excellent international reputation for the development and teaching of highly stimulating business administration and management courses that are highly relevant to your career needs. It certainly boasts all the credentials which you might expect from a recent recipient of The Times Higher University of the Year Award.

The University of Leicester prides itself on being “Elite Without Being Elitist” and at the School of Management this ethos is deeply embedded. Known for the ‘Leicester Model’ of management studies, the school takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of management and organisations drawing from across the social sciences and unlike most mainstream western business schools, the concern is as much with challenging the status quo rather than perpetuating it.

We take seriously our commitments to PRME, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education. We realise that the pressing issues of management, finance and organisation in the coming years will increasingly be those of more peripheral concern in the past and present and the depth of our commitment to sustainable, responsible, ethically inspired management puts us ahead of the curve.

Founded in 1989, the School of Management has grown to become one of the largest providers of distance learning management courses in the UK. Our MBA and MSc programmes offer students deep knowledge, clear expertise and professional rewards for life. We are a member of the Association of Business Schools (ABS) and our MBA is the largest AMBA accredited MBA offered by any UK business school.

The School of Management is a vibrant department consisting of a community of scholars with an international reputation. The enthusiasm you will find in the lecture theatres and seminar rooms comes from our commitment to our subject and our attempts to develop and energise it. In the last few years we have invested heavily in academic and administrative staff appointments; library provisions and career support and continue to do so.

Whatever your chosen discipline for an MBA degree or MSc, our goal is to equip you with a range of theories, techniques and concepts. However, whereas most business schools stop there, we go further: we guide you as you unpick these concepts, challenge them and question their relevance to contemporary society for we believe that management is too important not to debate.