Course details

Study options

Part-time: 6 months

UK fee

£2,995 (£2,795 per year with NOEA membership) (2021/22)

Course level



University Diploma

Start date



Derby Campus

Course description

Taking Creativity Seriously

"The responsibility of people's safety and lives cannot be underestimated and has to be taken seriously. The author of risk assessments takes responsibility for their content and a number have been challenged in court and a few have served a prison sentence. This Diploma aims to address the quality and skills needed. We take individuals experienced in events, provide them with the knowledge needed - inspire them, assess them, award them and have some fun." Richard Limb of NOEA

The Diploma in Events Safety Management is ideal for practising event professionals who are responsible for health and safety or customer protection at festivals, sporting events, public gatherings, commercial and not for profit events, as well as large-scale and international association meetings.

You'll begin the course with a three-day workshop in Events Safety Management. You'll then attend a two-day workshop in Events Legislation and a further two-day workshop in Crisis Communication and Reputation Management.

On successful completion of the Events Legislation module you will meet the academic requirements for Tech IOSH.

All our online materials have been developed to be fully interactive and include video case studies from major events, talking heads from industry professionals and activities that encourage debate on our discussion board.

Study at a leading provider of events management courses

The University of Derby is a leading provider of events management courses that are specifically designed for people working within the industry and who want to achieve a professional qualification.

Our events management courses are supported through our links with the leading national and international employers in the events industry which ensures that they remain relevant and in line with industry developments - these connections also enable students to put their learning into practice through accredited work experience.

What you will study

You'll study these modules:

This module will enable you to understand the necessity of preparing, planning and implementing a crisis communication plan as it is essential in the events industry to appreciate the lifecycle of a crisis and the importance of a correct situational response.

The levels of command and the systems in place for any situation requiring emergency, crisis/disaster management will be investigated. 

The module will further explore the issues addressed in the Event Safety Plan albeit with a separate crisis communication plan intended to be utilised as a consequence of an emergency or crisis at an event.

This module is intended to provide you with an awareness of relevant legislation affecting the planning and implementation of event operations. You will be introduced to the intricacies of risk analysis and assessment, health and safety requirements, site and venue design, licensing, contracting and corporate manslaughter and wider sustainability issues. It will also provide you with the opportunity to contextualise legal frameworks to specific events and venues.

The events industry is multi-faceted and encompasses current and emerging festival, corporate and sporting events. To ensure events are conducted with due care, diligence and regard for the welfare of staff and customers, each event needs to identify and assess unique venue specific health and safety planning and management.

This module incorporates size, scale, place and type of venue and how the type of facility, its design and technical capabilities impact on the event. The module comprises all phases of event logistics from the supply of customers, facilities, product transportation to crowd control, behaviour and crowd dynamics. To further develop knowledge of site and venue design and to assess how venue space is interpreted, positive and negative externalities and their corresponding legal requirements are factored into the planning process.

As risk analysis remains a prevalent necessity in today's events industry, you will be introduced to the identification, contingency planning and management of financial, operational and event health and safety risk.

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.

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How you will learn

The course is delivered in a series of workshops supported by online materials.

All tutorial sessions are delivered at the Derby Campus. 

Our online materials have been developed to be fully interactive and include video case studies from major events, talking heads from industry professionals and activities that encourage debate on our discussion board.

How you will be assessed

You'll be assessed on each of the three modules. You will also be required to produce an events safety plan and a crisis plan, as well as undertake a time-constrained assignment on events legislation.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Tony Blockley
Programme leader

Tony is Head of Policing at University of Derby, responsible for development and delivery of the policing programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate. This includes the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, the accredited pre-join degree, Policing and Investigations and at MSc Criminal Investigation, Police Leadership, Finacial and Digitial investigation. 

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Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)



£2,995 (£2,795 per year with NOEA membership)




Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply

Students should apply directly to the University

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On completion of the course you'll have a University Diploma in Events Safety Management - an industry endorsed qualification that will directly improve your ability to do your job. You will also have met the academic requirements for Tech IOSH.

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January 2021

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.

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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