This new Masters course will provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge in the concepts and theories for emergency planning, resilience, business continuity and disaster management.
This course is suitable for those who are already working within emergency planning as well as those looking to embark on a career within the field.
The course aims to offer a flexible approach to the subjects studied and those already working in this area will be able to develop further their knowledge skills and experience. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in exercises and training in simulated emergency settings with a wide range of professional and other Key Stakeholders and organisations involved in emergency planning.
The course will develop students’ working knowledge of the principles and practice of emergency planning and the underpinning policy and it will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. There will be opportunities to take part in exercises and training in simulated emergency settings with a wide range of professional organisations and other important organisations involved in emergency planning.
The course is composed of three intermediate levels; the PG certificate and the PG diploma are composed of 60 credits each and consist of a range of subjects. In order to gain the full Masters a 60 credit independent study module must be studied for which there are three options – see table 1 for more details.
Modules for the Postgraduate Certificate include:
Emergency resilience, planning and response
Commanding a range of incident responses
Communicating in and training for disasters
In order to see more about the modules we offer and to prepare for your academic counselling session please visit our module information pages
Emergencies and disasters have increased globally over the past 20 years and this trend is set to remain high. Organisations across the UK including the National Health Service (NHS), the emergency services, local government, HM Armed Forces and the private sector need to develop the ability to respond to a variety of major incidents and to manage recovery locally, regionally or nationally and internationally within the context of the UK Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and other international legislation.
Each major organisation will have in place a Major Incident Plan that is built upon the principles of risk assessment and emergency planning skills. Most organisations have set up emergency planning departments and career opportunities exist in working in the field of emergency planning at local, regional and national and international levels. This course will give you the advanced underpinning theories, principles and concepts of emergency planning resilience and response and enable you to engage with strategic and national and international guidelines in practice.
Students undertaking this course may already be working in the field of emergency planning or on the front line in accident and emergency services, etc. It is envisaged that students will develop strategic leadership skills and develop further their multi-agency working. The course is built upon best practice and will enable students to gain the knowledge and skills to implement the strategies outlined in the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and other national policies and guidelines.
Many of our students go on to achieve new jobs and/or promotion as a result of their studies. Often this happens during their course not only after completion. Participating in academic study at all levels will encourage analysis and criticality and hence will improve the opportunity for promotion and advancement. Successful completion of an academic qualification will facilitate students in providing a justification for progression through the skills escalator and will often act as a catalyst to enable the student to pass through the band gateways. This may be an opportunity for you to move into this area of work on completion of your studies.
Normally candidates for this course will hold a first degree or evidence of level 6 / 7 study achieved at or above a minimum pass grade or equivalent However, candidates will be considered for the course that have experience related to the areas of study for example already working in emergency planning resilience and response.
If English is not the applicant’s first language they will need to have a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.
Accreditation of prior experience & learning (APCL) – students may apply for up to 90 credits of APCL (accreditation of prior certificated learning and/or accreditation of prior experiential learning) subject to the guidelines set out in the SH&W APL Guidelines.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 323135 for further information.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.