Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK fee

£7,850 for the full course or £875 per 20 credits* (2022/23)

International fee

£14,700 for the full course (2022/23)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Course description

  • Develop the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to work in the fields of intelligence, security, emergency planning, crisis and disaster risk reduction and management in the UK and overseas
  • Combine the knowledge and skills developed in an inter-disciplinary programme where social sciences, natural sciences and public and environmental health provide real-life solutions to real-life resilience issues
  • Improve your skills as you engage with all aspects of emergency preparedness, resilience and response across a range of natural and man-made hazards, from terrorism and extreme weather events to public health and humanitarian crisis
  • Combine theory and best practice as your learning includes practical multi-agency exercises, simulations and response structures across all emergency services.

At Derby you don’t just study the theory and background to resilience, through security, intelligence and planning for emergency and disaster risk reduction and response. You will take these aspects into real life situations and develop knowledge, skills and vocational attributes that will give you the necessary experience to develop or enhance career paths in these fascinating areas.

A unique combination

This course uniquely combines the social sciences disciplines of criminology and sociology with the natural sciences disciplines of geoscience and public and environmental health.

This unique combination examines the resilience, risk reduction and response through emergency and disaster management. You will focus on real world concerns associated with:

  • terrorism
  • extremism
  • radicalisation
  • climate changes
  • migration
  • natural hazards

You will study at Masters level developing critical skills which bring together work-based learning approaches and innovation in the teaching of research methods. You will do this using scenario building, exercises and simulations in a multi-agency environment to enhance your development, communication and planning.

Developing your skills through practice

You will work with emergency services first responders and local authority leads, and also benefit from the university’s relationship with the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College (EPC).

You will also develop GIS mapping skills and benefit from opportunities to work with Derbyshire Emergency Planning Officers and volunteer teams involved in crisis management. Field trips will involve command and control visits, humanitarian aid facilities and multi-agency simulations of real world hazards.

Aligned to UK standards

The programme examines National Occupational Standards in the UK for Civil Contingencies (NOSCC) in support of employer demands and the Core Competencies of the Emergency Planning Society (EPS).

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A passion for improving conditions for communities in developing countries is what drove Daniel to study on our MSc Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management.

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What you will study

The MSc Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. You will study modules such as:

You will study this module:

  • Introducing Risk and Managing Disasters (Core 40 credits)

And you will choose options from:

  • Health Protection 
  • Understanding Radicalisation
  • Geoscience and Security

You will study this module:

  • Research and the Skilled Practitioner (Core 20 credits)

And you will choose options from:

  • Hazard and Risk Management 
  • Global Environmental and Public Health
  • Contemporary Issues in Intelligence and Security
  • Concepts of Global Terrorism
  • Disasters and Humanitarian Aid Response

You will study this module:

  • Independent Research Study

During this triple module (60 credits) you will carry out an extensive and academically rigorous study of a topic of your choice relevant to any, or any combination of, the fields of intelligence, security, disaster and/or crisis management, risk reduction, response and/or resilience.

Please note: modules are subject to availability, and may change to suit the needs of industry.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will be taught by a passionate, enthusiastic and skilled team from across three disciplines of social sciences, public and environmental health and geoscience, together with expert guest lecturers and speakers from across the fields of intelligence, security and disaster risk recovery and response.

You will learn through traditional lectures, interactive seminars, team building scenarios, exercises and field trips where simulation and life-like experiential learning are a feature of the delivery. 

How you are assessed

The course will assess your skills, knowledge, and understanding including transferable skills through essays based on scenarios, presentations, briefings and risk assessment and analysis, practical mapping and research-based planning and preparedness.

You will also be assessed through independent study based on a topic of your choice. Additional practical assessment takes place in the field at exercises and simulations, based on observation, interaction and a range of experiential approaches to problem-solving.

The assessments align with the National Occupational Standards for Civil Contingencies (NOSCC).

Who you will meet

Who will teach you

Phil Henry - Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

Dr Philip Henry
Programme leader

Dr Phil Henry is Programme Leader for the MSc Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management and the Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding Radicalisation. Phil also works on the BA (Hons) Sociology and MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice programmes. Phil is engaged in social science research into disaster management and national security settings.

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Entry requirements

For the MSc you will usually need:

  • An undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) in a social science subject (criminology, sociology, psychology, international relations, policing, criminal justice), natural sciences (including but not exclusive to geography, earth sciences) or health (across a range of programmes to be discussed with programme leader), business studies or economics.
  • If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each skills area.

We also welcome applicants who have substantial professional experience but do not have a degree, subject to personal statements, references and interviews with the programme leader.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)

TypeFull-timePart-time
UK

£7,850 for the full course or £875 per 20 credits*

£875 per 20 credits

International

£14,700 for the full course

N/A

Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional costs and optional extras

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

AwardCredits
Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

On-campus courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. If you have any questions, please email askadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

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Careers

An MSc Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management opens up many career options, including:

  • Emergency Planning Officers in private or public sector roles
  • Crisis Management
  • Risk Assessors
  • Atomic and nuclear emergency response
  • First responder services (Police, Fire and Ambulance Services)
  • British Transport and Nuclear Police
  • Civil Service
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • Business Continuity
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Governments in the UK and elsewhere in intelligence roles, military or civil intelligence and/or security services
  • National Crime Agency
  • United Nations (UNHCR, UNICEF)
  • Civil Aviation
  • Security in the private sector
  • Environmental and public health roles in international arenas
  • Disaster Managers and Disaster Relief Specialists
  • Travel and Insurance Specialists
  • Underwriter
  • British Red Cross (BRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • People in Need (Rapid Deployment Professionals)
  • Relief International
  • Save the Children
  • Goal Global
  • International Human Rights roles
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • International public sector.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees
  • Local level resilience community emergency planning exercise with Derbyshire County and City Councils and multi-agency exercise/simulation with first responders 
  • Online digital access to UDOL modules in Enviromental and Public Health
  • Exercise training fieldtrip to York Emergency Planning College.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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