Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management

MSc, 2-3 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst increasing your understanding of risk, crisis and disaster management and applying that knowledge in your professional role.

Course Description

This course provides you with a thorough grounding in risk management theory and its application to real world problems. You will have the opportunity to engage in a wide-ranging interdisciplinary analysis of the extent, effects and explanations of crisis and disaster, and the use of risk theory.

As well as ensuring you are up-to-date with the latest developments in risk management, the course will provide you with the skills and confidence to plan and execute research and engage in debate. You will develop skills in evaluating information critically, communicating ideas clearly, undertaking advanced conceptual analysis, understanding and applying theories and models, using information sources effectively, reporting and interpreting research critically, and developing new approaches to problem-solving.

Your career opportunities will be enhanced and your potential developed. You will also develop valuable links with risk management experts and professional associations.

Key Facts
Start date
March and September each year
School of Management Distance Learning Team

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Why Leicester?

Our teaching is inspired by the findings from our cutting-edge research. Lecturing staff have a wide array of research interests ranging from community policing and offending behaviour to hate crime and forensic investigation.

Our counselling and psychotherapy training courses are delivered on a part-time basis, which means you can fit your studies around your daily life.

Our staff are accredited members of the BACP and regularly attend conferences and professional meetings in order to keep abreast of developments. Knowledge gained informs their teaching and their interactions with students.

We have a team of staff dedicated to supporting our distance learning students. We provide a flexible and supportive learning environment that makes use of the latest learning technologies.

Course Structure

Teaching and Assessment


You will be able to study by distance learning through our module study books - available in hard copy and electronically - and Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. This will give you online access to materials to support each module, discussions forums hosted by module tutors and chat rooms where you can network with fellow students.

You will receive support throughout the course from a group of dedicated support staff available through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, and via email. You will be provided with a timetable and key study targets to enable effective time management. Tutors will always be available to you to discuss any aspects of your study either by phone or email.

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library's electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books. You are also welcome to join campus-based activities (by prior arrangement) at any time.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.


The course is based on continuous assessment comprising a written assignment of 4,000 words for each of the six modules studied. Each module lasts 12 weeks. Approximately five months are allowed to prepare and complete the dissertation.

Entry Requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) or four or more years of work experience in a related field plus completion of a practice assignment.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in March 2016

    • £10,365
  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in March 2016

    • £11,100

    Discounted fee for students studying in eligible countries: £8,385

Career Opportunities

Our distance learning courses are designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to understand recent developments in risk and emergency management, at a local, national and global level.

A postgraduate distance learning qualification from the University of Leicester is career changing. It can be the springboard to promotion with your current employer, the platform to move into a new area or to simply become more effective in your current role.

Studying by distance learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to leave employment. It also means that you can apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying – many students choose to tackle work-related topics in their dissertations.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management MSc 2 years by distance learning March and September each year Apply Now
Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management
2 years by distance learning
Start Dates
March and September each year

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