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PGC/MSc Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response

**IMPORTANT : - Due to the current COVID-19 situation dates, attendance and delivery methods may change.

Major emergencies in the UK, including natural, man-made, and terrorist incidents, demonstrate the need for resilience in both planning and response to crisis.

The Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response taught courses from the University of Wolverhampton are designed to provide you with an advanced level of understanding in the underpinning concepts within and surrounding this important area.

Please review the course information, use the application buttons below, or feel free to contact us for an informal discussion about the course and the options open to you.

Providing an advanced level of understanding in the key concepts of emergency management.

The course is ideal for those who have an understanding of current emergency or business continuity management practice and who are employed in delivering such services or a closely related field within their organisations.  Students with a degree in this area, or a related subject, will also be able to further their knowledge and understanding of both academic and practice issues within this highly diverse field of work.

Students will be eligible if they work within an emergency responder organisation, a voluntary, commercial or private organisation which has a role in supporting those organisations during an emergency or which delivers its own emergency or business continuity functions. Such students should be working in, or aspiring to work within, the field of emergency planning or business continuity.

We understand that many professionally employed students have concerns about improving their academic study skills. We include teaching and support to assist in developing writing and research skills as part of the taught sessions, building confidence and ability in these areas, and allowing you to complete your study.

The course is built upon existing practice and will ensure you develop a sound working knowledge of the principles of emergency planning and the underpinning policy, enabling you to implement the strategies outlined in the Civil Contingencies Act and other national policies and guidelines.

The course is designed to allow emergency management practitioners to increase their knowledge, understanding and critical thinking around the issues which form the foundation of the profession which in turn, assists in the delivery of emergency preparedness, resilience and response in the workplace.

There are two available postgraduate Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response courses which you can apply for and these are the:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response; or
  • MSc in Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response (which contains the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma awards)

Msc Emergency Planning Course Structure

 

Those wishing to just study the Postgraduate Certificate will need to complete three modules at postgraduate level over one academic year.

Those wishing to study the MSc (which includes the Postgraduate Certificate & Postgraduate Diploma) will need to complete and pass all six modules at postgraduate certificate and diploma levels and also submit a Masters Dissertation which achieves a passing grade in one of the three option modules.  Part-time the MSc takes 2-3 years (as you can do your dissertation in year two at the same time as the three postgraduate diploma modules or leave this to do in a third year).  Full-time the MSc take 12 – 15 months and is also available to international students whereas the part-time routes are not.

Those starting the MSc but only completing three or six modules at postgraduate certificate and/or diploma level can step off the MSc course and be awarded at the level they have completed up to.  Similarly, those starting the postgraduate certificate course can transfer to the full MSc at the end of their course instead of being awarded the postgraduate certificate.

Both courses will be a delivered at our Telford Campus (approx. every other Friday) commencing in October for a total of five attendance days per module.   A significant amount of self-directed study supported by tutorials will also form a major part of the course.

Depending on your background, organisation and relevant experience, you may have a choice of routes to achieve your MSc.  The primary route for all students includes the standard modules but those modules of equivalent university credit value can be swapped out for those on either/both of the supplementary routes.

 

Modules Structure

Msc Emergency Planning Module Structure EMRC

 

Postgraduate Certificate Modules

Module 1: 7HW032 Emergency Management: Foundations & Frameworks (Required Module)

This module provides an examination of the framework, legislation and guidance which forms the foundation of emergency planning, resilience and response within the UK whilst exposing key lessons which can be learnt from other countries and disasters.  You will examine the tools and intricacies of risk identification, assessment and management which form the foundation of planning for emergencies in the UK and discover concepts which challenge these processes and policies.

This module will also provide support for you to develop your academic skills such as writing, referencing, reading, searching the literature and thinking critically and creatively.  This will enable you to obtain the most from your studies and enable you to demonstrate your knowledge through activities and assignments.

 

Module 2: 7HW033 Communication, Information & Resilience (Option Module)

This module examines the communication and interoperability issues between responder agencies, communicating with the public, handling the media, and community resilience.  As part of the module you will take a look at a range of disasters and select a specific one to deliver a focussed case study.  This module will also allow you to develop your presentation skills and allow you to undertake an in-depth case study of an emergency incident.

 

Module 3: 7HW031 Disasters: Causation, Consequence Management & Learning (Option Module)

This module will introduce the theories and concepts of disaster causation and resilience.  You will examine a range of both natural and man-made disasters including hurricanes, industrial disasters, flooding and terrorist attacks. The module will expose you to the consequences of disasters and the learning from such incidents which can be applied to current thinking, theory and practice.

 

Postgraduate Diploma Modules

Module 4: 7HW012 Advanced Research Skills (Required Module)

This provides the research skills development and knowledge needed for completing one of the final dissertation modules.

 

Module 5: 7HW064 Business Continuity & Resilience (Option Module)

This looks not just at business continuity but goes wider into examining resilient organisations, and theories surrounding high reliability organisations.  The module will also allow you to develop your presentation skills and allow you to undertake an in-depth case study of a business continuity / organisational resilience incident.

 

Module 6: 7HW035 Contemporary Issues & the Future of Emergency Management (Option Module)

This examines emergency planning current and future situation as a profession and allows a deeper reflection and investigation into issues surrounding disasters and related topics. 

 

Msc Dissertation Module

Module 7: 7AH041 Resilience & Emergency Research Dissertation

To complete the MSc a dissertation must be completed of approximately 12,000 words.  Using research principles this module requires an investigation into an emergency planning, resilience or emergency response topic which will add value to the practitioner, professional, organisational or academic field. The module includes the writing up of your research proposal, dissertation, and an article ready for publication.

Students may choose to undertake the dissertation module during the second year of the MSc, however, the dissertation module can also be started in a third year.  Students can choose the option which best suits them.  Regardless, supervision is provided to assist you in undertaking your independent dissertation project / research.

If you are obtaining financial support from your employer then students sometimes find that they can obtain backing more easily by ensuring that their dissertation lines up with key tasks/projects/research which will be of benefit to their organisation.  The MSc is specifically designed to allow this whilst your university supervisor assists you in ensuring that any research you do will meet the academic requirements.  If your employer does not have (or does not want) such involvement then you have more freedom to choose your own topic.

Whilst there is no requirement to publish the article you produce during the module students have the option to work with our staff to publish within our own journal, ‘Emergency Management Review’, or another journal if desired.

This supplementary route mirrors that of the standard route but allows for the option modules to be replaced by our range of online assessment modules linked directly to courses provided by the National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU), Rescue3 Europe, or the military.  Access to these modules requires certificated evidence of completing the associated course.  You then have the opportunity to undertake an academic assessment of learning from a range of partner courses. 

It is possible to swap out up to four identified standard option modules (7HW033, 7HW031, 7HW064 and 7HW035) with our specialist skills online assessment modules but these must be equal in university credits to one or more modules (1 standard module = 20 credits).  There is no attendance for these modules and as such they are usually cheaper.

This is relevant only those who have successfully completed (within the last 3 years), or are about to complete, one of the specialist training courses with one of our partners (below) and which is listed on our website.

Rescue 3 Europe LogoRAF Logo

 

Click the logos above for a list of relevant modules.  A full list of the available option modules are available here.

To discuss your options with us directly feel free to contact us for an informal discussion.

 

Specialist Skills in Emergency Management Course

You can also study the online assessment modules seperately as part of our Specilist Skills in Emergency Management course and then, if you wish, transfer them into the PGC/MSc Emergency Planning Resilience & Response courses.  However, please note that there is a limit on how many Level 7 (postgraduate) credits you can take into, through Recognition of Prior Learning, each of our postgraduate qualifications which are as follows:

  • PG Certificate Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response – up to 20 credits
  • PG Diploma Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response – up to 60 credits
  • MSc Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response – up to 60 credits

Please note that our modules are only transferable which equate to 20 credits, part credit transfer is not possible, and that the maximum number of credits which can be transferred into our postgraduate courses is 60 credits and they are not cumulative from each of the different levels.

This supplementary route mirrors that of the standard route but allows for any of the attended modules to be studied seperately as part of our Evidenced Professional Achievement in Emergency Management course and then, if you wish, transfer your awarded university credits into the PGC/MSc Emergency Planning Resilience & Response courses. 

With this course you can also apply to attend our modules with no requirement to undertake any of the academic assessment.  A university certificate of attendance is provided on sucessfully attending the module sessions (this certificate does not award any university credits and cannot be transferred into any university course).

If you do sucessfully complete the assessment and wish to transfer your modules into one of our postgraduate courses, please note that there is a limit on how many Level 7 (postgraduate) credits you can take into, through Recognition of Prior Learning, each of our postgraduate qualifications which are as follows:

  • PG Certificate Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response – up to 20 credits
  • PG Diploma Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response – up to 60 credits
  • MSc Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response – up to 80 credits

Please note that our modules are only transferable which equate to 20 credits, part credit transfer is not possible, and that the maximum number of credits which can be transferred into our postgraduate courses is 80 credits and they are not cumulative from each of the different levels.

It is important that, where possible, all lectures are attended.  Where absences do occur students may catch up on missed lectures from other students and by reviewing materials from the session on our online learning platform.  This provides flexibility for those in employment, mainly and especially for circumstances which require students to respond to emergencies as part of their job role.

As part of the course students will be expected to carry out formative work and some on-line activities in-between sessions through our online learning platform.  All course materials are also made available online and many of the texts on the course reading guide are also available electronically through the online library system.  Tutorials can be delivered in person, by telephone, or via video conferencing (using Starleaf) which may be useful for those travelling longer distances.

The courses are a self-directed learning experience and students will be expected to undertake substantial reading and research both within and around the taught subjects to obtain a mastery of emergency planning, resilience and response.  The MSc dissertation is an independent undertaking of research and students are expected to manage their own time and activities accordingly.   

**IMPORTANT : - Due to the current COVID-19 situation dates, attendance and delivery methods may change.

Module Title

Attendance Dates

(9am - 4.30pm)

Assignment Deadline

7HW032 :

Emergency Management: Foundations & Frameworks

09/10/2020

13/01/2021

23/10/2020

06/11/2020

20/11/2020

04/12/2020

7HW033:

Communication, Information & Resilience

08/01/2021

16/06/2021 (Submit)

 

25/06/2021 (Delivery)

22/01/2021

05/02/2021

19/02/2021

05/03/2021

25/06/2021

7HW031:

Disasters: Causation, Consequence Management & Learning

19/03/2021

16/06/2021

23/04/2021

07/05/2021

21/05/2021

11/06/2021

Please note that if you swap out any of the online specialist skills modules then these have no attendance and seperate deadlines for assignments.  Please view the module details for these dates.

 **IMPORTANT : - Due to the current COVID-19 situation dates, attendance and delivery methods may change.

Module Title

Attendance Dates

(9am - 4.30pm)

Assignment Deadline

7HW012:

Advanced Research Skills

16/10/2020

13/01/2021

30/10/2020

13/11/2020

27/11/2020

11/12/2020

7HW064:

Business Continuity & Resilience

15/01/2021

16/06/2021 (Submit)

 

02/07/2021 (Delivery)

29/01/2021

12/02/2021

26/02/2021

12/03/2021

02/07/2021

7HW035:

Management & Leadership of Emergency Incidents

26/03/2021

16/06/2021

30/04/2021

14/05/2021

28/05/2021

Please note that if you swap out any of the online specialist skills modules then these have no attendance and seperate deadlines for assignments.  Please view the module details for these dates.

 

Dissertation Module

Dates of attendance of dissertation modules will be dependent on which dissertation type you select to undertake and when you decide to commence the module if studying part-time (i.e. Year 2 or Year 3). There is only usually 1 or 2 days attendance required.

**IMPORTANT : - Due to the current COVID-19 situation dates, attendance and delivery methods may change.

Module Title

Attendance Dates

(9am - 4.30pm)

Assignment Deadline

7HW032 :

Emergency Management: Foundations & Frameworks

09/10/2020

13/01/2021

23/10/2020

06/11/2020

20/11/2020

04/12/2020

7HW012:

Advanced Research Skills

16/10/2020

13/01/2021

30/10/2020

13/11/2020

27/11/2020

11/12/2020

7HW033:

Communication, Information & Resilience

08/01/2021

16/06/2021 (Submit)

 

25/06/2021 (Delivery)

22/01/2021

05/02/2021

19/02/2021

05/03/2021

25/06/2021

7HW064:

Business Continuity & Resilience

15/01/2021

16/06/2021 (Submit)

 

02/07/2021 (Delivery)

29/01/2021

12/02/2021

26/02/2021

12/03/2021

02/07/2021

7HW031:

Disasters: Causation, Consequence Management & Learning

19/03/2021

16/06/2021

23/04/2021

07/05/2021

21/05/2021

11/06/2021

7HW035:

Management & Leadership of Emergency Incidents

26/03/2021

16/06/2021

30/04/2021

14/05/2021

28/05/2021

Please note that if you swap out any of the online specialist skills modules then these have no attendance and seperate deadlines for assignments.  Please view the module details for these dates. 

 

Dissertation Module

Dates of attendance of dissertation modules will be dependent on which dissertation type you select to undertake and when you decide to commence the module if studying part-time (i.e. Year 2 or Year 3). There is only usually 1 or 2 days attendance required.

 

Part-Time

Full-Time (EU/UK)

Full-Time (International)

Postgraduate Certificate (Standard Rate)

£2550

N/A

N/A

Postgraduate Certificate (With Discount)

£2430

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

MSc (Standard Rate)

£76501

£7650

£13,650

MSc (With Discount)

£74802

£7480

N/A

 1: This breaks down into £3200 per year if studying over two years, or £2084 for each of the 60 credit award levels (i.e. postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and MSc dissertation) if studied over 3 years.

 2: This breaks down into £3115 per year if studying over two years, or £2077 for each of the 60 credit award levels (i.e. postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and MSc dissertation) if studied over 3 years.

The discount rates shown above are available so long as you are not using Student Loan Company/Student Finance to pay your fees.  You are also eligible for discount if:

  • You or your organisation are a subscriber or partner of the Crisis Response Journal (crisis-response.com) - students receive a one year online subscription on commencement of their course;
  • You are employed by West Midlands Ambulance Service (even if they are not paying your fees);
  • You hold any membership level of the Emergency Planning Society; or

If you wish to take advantage of these discounts then please use the specific discounted application links at www.wlv.ac.uk/emrc following the postgraduate study link to apply for your desired course.

Option Module Costs:  Please note that the various optional online assessment modules vary in price (£75-£275) and the fees in the above table will change should you swap these out for equivalent standard modules (which cost approx. £712).  Please see the individual specialist online module details for cost information or contact us directly.

 

Arrangements can be made for fees to be made in instalments and more information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.

Please note: Modules are invoiced when you register onto them.  If you are paying annually or by individual module, the course fees will be subject to annual fee increases in accordance with the University’s charging regulations and percentage yearly increase.  This can be avoided by requesting to pay in full in the first year.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University 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.

Postgraduate Loans: These loans provide a non means-tested loan of up to £11,222 for Masters degrees. However, please note that discounted course rates are not eligible to be funded through this route.  More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx

We strive to make your time at University a pleasurable experience and are proud of the support we provide to our students. We recognise that on occasions you may encounter challenges, especially if you are also employed in full or part-time work whilst you study. Flexibility to assist you is provided wherever possible and Student Advisors are also available to provide advice and guidance.

We understand that many students have concerns about improving their academic study skills, especially those with little higher education experience or for those returning to study. We include teaching and support to assist in developing study, writing and research skills as part of the taught sessions, building confidence and ability in these areas, and allowing you to complete your studies.

Our Library & Information Services provide online support related to developing your academic skills in addition to the drop-in and group sessions on our campuses which focus on particular aspects of skills for academic study and writing.

Please contact us directly for an informal discussion about the course, the options open to you, and for us to answer any other questions you might have.

 

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