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MSc Crisis, Disaster Management and Cyber Security

Disaster Management is an inter disciplinary subject that draws upon a wide range of disciplines from ‘hard’ to ‘soft’ sciences. It is focused around complex political, social and economic activity and reflects the very heart of governance in a country. Organisations of all sizes are required to assess ‘risk’ in both the physical (real world) and virtual (cyberspace) and to examine how socio-technical systems are made vulnerable by human factors interfacing with technology.

This qualification is designed to be delivered to an organisation's requirements. Dates, times and a venue can be mutually agreed. Participants have the option to take each unit as a separate CPD course and can choose whether to be assessed to accumulate academic credits leading to the award of Master of Science (MSc). Please contact the course administrator, Lauren Jarrad, for more information.

On the course, we cover best practice in crisis and disaster management, cyber security, information assurance and incident management planning, allowing you to reflect on your own work-based security events and incidents. Participants will develop practical policies and plans which can be applied and integrated within a sustainable economic framework.

Key information

Next start date:

As required

Location:

Bournemouth University or a mutually acceptable venue

Duration:

Normally over 18 months (part-time)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent international degree level qualification. If you do not meet this criteria we may accept professional practice experience (minimum 5 years). For more information check out our full entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 or above (with a minumum 5.5 in each of the component scores or equivalent). For more information check out our internatoinal entry requirements page.

Course details

Core units

  • Developing Policies & Plans; This unit module will introduce you to the problems and issues relating to the development and implementation of policies and plans for crisis and disaster management. You will evaluate major incident management models, and raise your awareness of current national and international best practices relevant to developing your own disaster management policies and plans.
  • Management of Natural Disasters; You will examine the complexities of natural hazards which could affect your country. You will learn to evaluate the management issues associated with such hazards, and how these can be applied to major incident management, risk reduction and recovery and national planning.

  • Management of Technological, Social & Intentional Disasters; This module focusses on the nature and types of man-made (human instigated) hazards (including on land, air, sea, crowd safety accidents, industrial accidents). Taking a case study approach, you will evaluate the lessons learned from recent reports and complete a strategic level multi-hazard planning and response exercise as part of a group.

  • Cyber Security; You will develop skills and knowledge for cyber security. This module covers the life cycle of cyber security mechanisms, including the design, development, management and, most importantly, sustainability.

  • Security Event & Incident Management; This module will teach you the principles of security event and Incident management including concepts such as event logging and collection. You will learn to define policies, processes, procedures, roles and responsibilities and understand the issues of lead implementation of ISO 27001.

  • Information Assurance Management; This module will teach you how to evaluate the human factors relevant to information assurance planning. You will examine the roles and accreditation, compliance and governance in information assurance.

  • Individual Masters Project; An opportunity to critically investigate and report on a particular issue in-depth.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MSc Crisis, Disaster Management & Cyber Security.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking on this course are:

  • Qualification equivalent to a UK Honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent international degree level. If you do not meet this criteria, we may take your professional practice experience (minimum 5 years) into consideration (evidence in the form of an interview may be requested).
  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the AskBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

International entry requirements

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or above (with minimum 5.5 in each of the four component scores) or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, and you will receive more details about these if you are offered a place on the course.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU pages.
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

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