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Evidenced Professional Achievement in Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response

Our standalone modules from the PGC/MSc Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response form the backbone of this course allowing you to study individual modules. You can choose whether or not you wish to undertake the module assignment giving you flexibility to learn in a way that suits you with your desired recognition.

Those undertaking and passing the module assignments can utilise the university credits achieved against either the Postgraduate Certificate and/or MSc in Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response. A certificate of attendance will be issued for those not undertaking the assignment.

The credit bearing award allows you to study one to four modules at a time to ensure you do not exceed the number of level 7 (postgraduate) credits which 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 / 1 module accepted
  • PG Diploma Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response – up to 60 credits / 3 modules accepted
  • MSc Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response – up to 80 credits / 4 modules accepted

Distinctive Features of the Course

This course aims to meet professional development needs in the field of Emergency Planning Resilience and Response:

  • There will be opportunities for multi-agency learning; which is vital to employment within the increasingly integrated emergency planning arena.
  • Development of a range of strategic skills to enable the use of action learning and reflection.
  • A friendly, helpful and student-focused team of academic and administrative staff.
  • The programme is delivered by subject specialists who are involved in significant advisory roles and research within Emergency Planning locally, regionally, nationally, internationally and who participate in national communities of practice, developing and sharing expertise.
  • Links and knowledge from local, national and international research initiatives undertaken in the Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing and the wider University research institutions.

Entry Requirements

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 or the military.

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.

There are 3 options to study the course and you must meet the relevant criteria for these to be accepted.

1. Available to all who meet the above criteria.

2. Discounted course available to those not utilising student finance.

3. Discounted course for anyone from the UK military services (civilian / uniformed), with ELC's, or sponsored by RAF Cosford.


Students will have the option of studying the following modules:


Emergency Management: Foundations & Frameworks


Advanced Research Skills*


Disasters: Causation, Consequence Management & Learning


Business Continuity & Resilience


Communicating in Disasters


Professionalism & the Future of Emergency Management

* Credit bearing only, not available to students on 0 credit study

Award of: Evidenced Professional Achievement in Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response (Credit Bearing)

For the award of Evidenced Professional Achievement in Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response, the student, will have:

  • Meet the learning outcomes for each of the modules studied
  • Passed the appropriate module assignment associated with modules.

Award of: Evidenced Professional Achievement in Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response (Non-Credit Bearing)

For the award of Certificate of Attendance for each module, the student, will have attended the majority of taught sessions for one of the modules.

  • For 5 day modules, a minimum of 4 days must be attended
  • For 3 day modules, a minimum of 2 days must be attended


Module 1: 7HW032 Emergency Management: Foundations & Frameworks - 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.

This module will also provide for the development of 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, enable you to engage in mastering subjects across the field, and demonstrate your knowledge through activities and assignments.

Module 2: 7HW031 Disasters: Causation, Consequence Management & Learning- 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.

Module 3: 7HW033 Communication, Communities & Assistance in Emergencies – 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.

Module 4: 7HW012 Advanced Research Skills - This provides the skills and knowledge needed for completing one of the final dissertation modules.

Module 5: 7HW064 Business Continuity & Resilience - This looks not just at business continuity but goes wider into examining resilient organisations, and theories surrounding high reliability organisations. 

Module 6: 7HW035 Contemporary Issues & the Future of Emergency Management - 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.


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