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MSc Crisis and Disaster Management

MSc Crisis and Disaster Management

1 year 2 years Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 1 year 2 years Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Highlights

  • Graduates from this programme may seek careers in emergency planning, disaster response, and crisis communication amongst other pathways.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake an optional study visit to Sri Lanka. Costs relating to this can be found in the Fees tab.
  • You can apply for a two week optional placement, see the Features tab for more details

Introduction

The MSc Crisis and Disaster Management programme aims to develop a better understanding of approaches to crisis, risk and disaster and the impact that such events may have on businesses, communities and nations. In particular, the programme addresses the issues of interruption to business and the need for preparedness, response and recovery strategies to minimise both economic and human losses arising from crises and disasters of both natural and human origins.

There is an increasing global demand for businesses, communities and nations to increase their resilience to potential crises and disasters, particularly through using the principles of crisis and disaster management, disaster preparedness, response and recovery planning. The use of simulations and engagement with practitioners gives you the opportunity to develop practical knowledge and insight about the processes and procedures associated with crisis and disaster management.

You will learn to differentiate between the various phases of crisis and disaster management and be encouraged to critically reflect and appraise alternative approaches to managing crises and disasters. The programme also aims to develop your knowledge and skills in risks appraisal, operations management, and crisis communication. You will have the opportunity to learn how to identify and address conflict and vulnerability within organisations and disaster zones and how to address these effectively.

How You Study

The Crisis and Disaster Management MSc covers both topics from both a theoretical and professional perspective. The programme consists of modules in (1) business and management, (2) project and operations management, and (3) crisis and disaster management. Approaches to crisis and disaster management are taught through case studies from a broad range of sectors.

The taught element of the programme consists of seven core modules and one optional module.

The core modules are:

  • Disaster management
  • Crisis communication
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Project planning and management
  • Decision analysis for managers
  • Finance and accounting
  • Teams and leadership


The following is an illustrative list of options. Optional modules will run as far as at least 10 students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff's research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

  • Global supply strategies
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Trade and development
  • Analysing fiction


Students can choose one of the following independent study elements:

  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy project
  • Start-up venture


Contact hours

Each module typically consists of two or three weekly teaching hours over a teaching term of 12 weeks. You will normally study four modules per semester and therefore 8-12 hours per week.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

If you are planning to study the degree on a part time basis, you will be studying two modules per term with 4-6 hours of contact time on a weekly basis.

How You Are Assessed

A variety of assessment methods are utilised during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations and simulation games. These assessments are designed to develop skills that will be useful for your career.

Essays involve written assignments where you structure and develop arguments based on research and critical analysis of alternative perspectives and courses of action.

Examinations test and develop your ability to think on your feet and provide logical and well-formed arguments under time pressure.
Oral presentations help you to demonstrate and develop communication and influencing skills that are highly valued in business and management roles.

Finally, simulation games provide you with the opportunity to see the results of decisions you make relating to allocating financial, human and other resources.


Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree or equivalent.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the University’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc

Key Contacts

Academic:
Martin Knight
mknight@lincoln.ac.uk

Enquiries:
pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk

Master's Level

Crisis Communications

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how organisations, individuals and countries prepare for and manage a crisis. The typical causes of crises both internal and external are analysed and strategies to address the often competing interests of stakeholders are discussed. The role of ICT (especially social media) in warning and response activities is analysed.

Decision Analysis for Managers

The aim of this module is to enhance the students’ decision capabilities when confronted with strategic or operational choices. Students will have the opportunity to learn how decision analysis tools can be used to structure and analyse decision problems and how a mix of data and judgement can help decision makers to better achieve their objectives.

Disaster Management

The module follows a coherent and holistic approach to disaster management in its reconciliation of the key processes of preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation. It draws upon experience from major disasters around the world – both historical and contemporary.

Finance and accounting

This module is designed to introduce concepts and techniques for costing and break-even analysis and brings in the notion of pricing from a larger viewpoint in the market as well as from a strategic management view. Later, the module aims to cover the topics of financial analysis, budgeting and planning, and the sources of finance.

Humanitarian Logistics

This module is designed to introduce the key concepts and challenges in humanitarian logistics, while tying into larger concepts of non-profit management, disaster preparedness and response, as well as agile and transient supply chains.

Students are expected to address management issues far beyond the realm of humanitarian responses. The approach taken to this module is interactive, with a focus on case studies and insights from practitioners, as well as academics.

Project Planning and Management

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an essential understanding of the fundamentals of project management. It covers a variety of concepts and their practical application including project scope, time, cost, quality, stakeholders and communication.

Research Design and Methods

This module seeks to introduce students to the core principles of the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research and the basics of research design. For students who have registered for a Masters dissertation, the module covers planning for and organising independent study.

Both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis can be explored. In the context of qualitative data, students have the opportunity to learn how to conduct, transcribe and analyse semi-structured interviews. The principles and procedures of survey design and statistical modelling can also be introduced. Students are expected to develop and present their dissertation ideas as an extended research proposal.

Teams and Leadership

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how to create highly performing teams. Through a review of theories of leadership, team formation, motivation and identity, students have the chance to gain a theoretically sound understanding of team behaviour and effectiveness. Practical class exercises will aim to enable students to develop their skills as team leaders and members.

Special Features

The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests.

The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).

You will also have the chance to build your skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.

Placements

Students can apply for a two week optional placement that takes place between the first and second semester or during the Summer. The placement is an opportunity to gain work experience from a UK-based employer and build a CV towards a career in your area of interest.

Placements will be sourced by the School and will be based within the local area of Lincoln. Students who undertake an optional two week placement will be required to cover their own travel costs.

Facilities

The Lincoln International Business School is based in the David Chiddick building alongside Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab and a mooting chamber, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

The building provides high quality spaces for teaching and group learning and is the perfect setting for successful Business School students to learn and develop.

Sage 50 and SPSS software is available within the Business School for student use.

Career and Personal Development

The programme aims to prepares students for careers in humanitarian organisations, emergency planning, risk management and insurance.


Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs.

Placements will be sourced by the School and will be based within the local area of Lincoln. Students who undertake an optional two week placement will be required to cover their own travel costs.

Students who choose to undertake the optional study trip to Sri Lanka should expect to pay approximately £900 based on last year’s costs. Students can pay in instalments. Attendance on this trip is not assessed.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Highlights

  • Graduates from this programme may seek careers in emergency planning, disaster response, and crisis communication amongst other pathways.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake an optional study visit to a post-disaster location such as Sri Lanka (2004), Haiti (2010), Japan (2011), Philippines (2013), Nepal (2016), Italy (2016). Costs relating to this can be found in the Fees tab.

Introduction

The MSc Crisis and Disaster Management brings together the areas of crisis management, risk management and disaster management with the aim of providing students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of current approaches to crisis and disaster and the impact that such events may have on businesses, communities and nations. In particular, the programme addresses the issues of interruption to business and the need for preparedness, response and recovery strategies to minimise both economic and human losses arising from from crises and disasters of both natural and human origins.

There is an increasing global demand for businesses, communities and nations to increase their resilience to potential crises and disasters, particularly through using the principles of crisis and disaster management, disaster preparedness, response and recovery planning.

Students can learn to differentiate between the various phases of crisis and disaster management and be encouraged to critically reflect and appraise alternative approaches to managing crises and disasters. The programme will also look to develop knowledge and skills in risks appraisal, operations management, and crisis communication. Students can learn how to identify and address conflict and vulnerability within organisations and disaster zones and how to address these effectively.

How You Study

The Crisis and Disaster Management MSc covers both topics from both a theoretical and professional perspective. The programme consists of modules in (1) business and management, (2) project and operations management, and (3) crisis and disaster management. Approaches to crisis and disaster management are taught through case studies from a broad range of sectors.

The taught element of the programme consists of seven core modules and one optional module.


The core taught modules are:

  • Crisis Communications
  • Decision Analysis for Managers
  • Disaster Management
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Research Methods and Design


The following is an illustrative list of options. Optional modules will run as far as at least 10 students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

  • Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development
  • Comparative Human Resource Management
  • Destination Management and Marketing
  • Global Supply Strategies
  • Group Consultancy Project
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability Leadership
  • The Business of Aviation Management
  • Teams and Leadership


Students then progress to complete the compulsory dissertation part of the programme. The dissertation is designed to encourage innovation and diverse pathways to the final assessed product. In this respect, the dissertation is an extended project that can accommodate a range of independent work.


Contact Hours and Independent Study

Each module typically consists of two or three weekly teaching hours over a teaching term of 12 weeks. You will normally study four modules per semester and therefore 8-12 hours per week.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

If you are planning to study the degree on a part time basis, you will be studying two modules per term with 4-6 hours of contact time on a weekly basis.

How You Are Assessed

A variety of assessment methods are utilised during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations and simulation games. These assessments are designed to develop skills that will be useful for your career.

Essays involve written assignments where you structure and develop arguments based on research and critical analysis of alternative perspectives and courses of action.

Examinations test and develop your ability to think on your feet and provide logical and well-formed arguments under time pressure.
Oral presentations help you to demonstrate and develop communication and influencing skills that are highly valued in business and management roles.

Finally, simulation games provide you with the opportunity to see the results of decisions you make relating to allocating financial, human and other resources.


Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree or equivalent.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for a postgraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the University’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc

Key Contacts

Academic:
Martin Knight
mknight@lincoln.ac.uk

Enquiries:
pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk

Master's Level

Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of non-traditional business models and to challenge established expectations and norms about business ethics, motivations, value-systems and practices. The module presents the notion that enterprises can operate due to motives other than profit-maximisation and that Social Purpose Organisations can exist to fulfil social functions using business models to create an alternative basis for sustainability and development. Students are challenged to think critically about these forms of organisation and their impact on societies (positive and negative). Students are also challenged to consider how issues such as performance management can translate into the operations of community enterprises.

Comparative Human Resource Management (Option)

This module is designed to introduce students to the principal issues underlying international and comparative human resource management (IHRM) in a global context. Such issues have risen in prominence due to increasing trade liberalisation, ‘globalisation’, spread of multinational corporations (MNCs), outsourcing to Asia, developmental focus on Africa and economic integration within the European Union.

As firms increasingly internationalise, suitable strategies for managing human resources have become critical to competition between the MNCs. Students can develop an insight into managing human resources in different national contexts and examine those global and national factors that impact approaches taken to international human resource management. More specifically, the module aims to discuss and analyse those factors which result in variations in HRM practices and policies across national business systems.

Crisis Communications

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how organisations, individuals and countries prepare for and manage a crisis. The typical causes of crises both internal and external are analysed and strategies to address the often competing interests of stakeholders are discussed. The role of ICT (especially social media) in warning and response activities is analysed.

Decision Analysis for Managers

The aim of this module is to enhance the students’ decision capabilities when confronted with strategic or operational choices. Students will have the opportunity to learn how decision analysis tools can be used to structure and analyse decision problems and how a mix of data and judgement can help decision makers to better achieve their objectives.

Destination Management and Marketing (Option)

The module is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to the international destination management and marketing. Destinations continue the growth and face the fierce competition in a global tourism market. Through this module, students can learn conventional and contemporary management and marketing trends and issues in light of the global tourism situation.

International case studies aim to enhance the understanding of destination management and marketing on a global scale, and a field trip to a popular tourism destination provides a first-hand experience of examining attributes of the destination and suggesting the management and marketing strategy to the destination.

Disaster Management

The module follows a coherent and holistic approach to disaster management in its reconciliation of the key processes of preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation. It draws upon experience from major disasters around the world – both historical and contemporary.

Dissertation

The dissertation provides an opportunity for students with a range of experience and interests to apply and develop their existing skills and knowledge to an independent study project, which affords an opportunity for both the expression of original thought and creativity; together with the application of analytical skills and critical reasoning. Our approach to dissertation is to facilitate innovative approaches and diverse pathways to the final assessed piece of work; in effect the dissertation is an extended research project.

Finance and accounting

This module is designed to introduce concepts and techniques for costing and break-even analysis and brings in the notion of pricing from a larger viewpoint in the market as well as from a strategic management view. Later, the module aims to cover the topics of financial analysis, budgeting and planning, and the sources of finance.

Global Supply Strategies (Option)

This module will examine global supply chain strategies in detail by looking at both those strategies that have been successful as well as those that have been less successful. Students can examine contemporary phenomena such as offshoring, supply chain disruptions, innovation and sustainability using a variety of theoretical frameworks. Students can develop not only a better understanding of the challenges of managing global supply chains but also of some of the tools needed to implement effective and responsible global supply chain strategies. Given the strategic importance of global supply chains, an understanding of how to manage them strategically may be invaluable for students entering the job market.

Group Consultancy Project (Option)

This module aims to further enhance managerial competence and capability by providing the opportunity for students to develop the skills to become competent management consultants. Such competency is highly valued as it can help facilitate internal and external organisational consultancy interventions that add value at both an operational and strategic level.

Humanitarian Logistics

This module is designed to introduce the key concepts and challenges in humanitarian logistics, while tying into larger concepts of non-profit management, disaster preparedness and response, as well as agile and transient supply chains.

Students are expected to address management issues far beyond the realm of humanitarian responses. The approach taken to this module is interactive, with a focus on case studies and insights from practitioners, as well as academics.

International Entrepreneurship (Option)

Entrepreneurship is an essential skillset in the development at global level of new and existing businesses, social enterprises and more broadly societies and their economies. Enterprise is defined as the application of creative ideas and innovations to practical situations, combining creativity, ideas development and problem solving with expression, communication and practical action. Entrepreneurship is the application of enterprise skills to creating and growing organisations in an international context in order to identify and build on opportunities. This module draws on the latest UK QAA Guidance on Enterprise & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education and aims to develop, at an international level, enterprise awareness, an entrepreneurial mindset, and entrepreneurial capability, which can lead to entrepreneurial effectiveness which can be applied in a range of contexts.

Project Planning and Management

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an essential understanding of the fundamentals of project management. It covers a variety of concepts and their practical application including project scope, time, cost, quality, stakeholders and communication.

Research Methods and Design

This module aims to prepare students for undertaking the research for their dissertation and other assignments. It is designed to introduce students to the core principles of the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research, the basics of research design and the organisation of independent study.

Social Entrepreneurship (Option)

This module is designed to encourage students to explore the concepts of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs utilise innovative business practices to collaborate with community networks to co-create solutions to social and environmental problems. This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop the understanding and knowledge necessary for future social enterprise creation and development, either as social entrepreneurs or facilitators and activists in the field.

Sustainability Leadership (Option)

This module examines relationships between international business, business practices and sustainability leadership. The module reveals an on-going struggle to influence how businesses are disciplined, regulated and governed in a global economic context. The role of business in the social and economic conditions of human beings remains a major concern for contemporary and sustainable international business.

Teams and Leadership (Option)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how to create highly performing teams. Through a review of theories of leadership, team formation, motivation and identity, students have the chance to gain a theoretically sound understanding of team behaviour and effectiveness. Practical class exercises will aim to enable students to develop their skills as team leaders and members.

The Business of Aviation Management (Option)

This module examines aviation business structures and spans airlines, airports and non-airline/airport aviation organisations. The module analyses the organisational structures of different aviation organisations in the sector (e.g. PLC versus Private). The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop management skills and techniques applicable to the aviation industry and in doing so both aviation tactical and strategic/corporate management techniques are analysed.

Special Features

The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests.

The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).

You will also have the chance to build your skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.

Facilities

The Lincoln International Business School is based in the David Chiddick building alongside Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab and a mooting chamber, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

The building provides high quality spaces for teaching and group learning and is the perfect setting for successful Business School students to learn and develop.

Sage 50 and SPSS software is available within the Business School for student use.

Career and Personal Development

The programme aims to prepares students for careers in humanitarian organisations, emergency planning, risk management and insurance.


Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs.

Students who choose to undertake the optional study trip to a post-disaster location should expect to pay approximately £950. Students can pay in instalments. Attendance on this trip is not assessed.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

   2016/17 Entry* 2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400 £7,600
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 30% reduction)
£5,180 £5,320
Home/EU 
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£5,920 £6,080
International £13,700 £13,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
£11,700 £11,000
     
Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point £42 per credit point
Part-time International £76 per credit point £72 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.