Disaster Management and Sustainable Development MSc

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About this course

From ‘natural’ and social disasters, complex emergencies and conflict, to environmental sustainability and community development, this globally-focused course explores real-world problems and approaches to address them.  However, it is not just about responding to crises, it is about planning and preparation, minimising impact and avoidance where possible. If you want to make a difference to people’s wellbeing, this intellectually challenging course could be for you.

Northumbria’s MSc was the first of its kind in the world and over the last 15 years its staff and graduates have informed policy at an international level, regularly advising the United Nations and global organisations. Students benefit from multiple outstanding links while also learning theory and concepts through core modules, live projects and placements.

You will develop knowledge, project management and analytical skills related to disaster risk reduction and emergency planning, while developing a specialism in a key area. This could include physical and mental health in disaster management, development and integrated emergency management, or community wellbeing.

The MSc course is supported by the Disaster and Development Network (DDN), based at Northumbria, and there are good links with the Gender and Disaster Network. This invaluable resource can lead to placements in countries such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, the Philippines, India, Nepal, Australia and various African countries as well as in the UK. The course is normally one year long, but an extra year is allowed to complete the dissertation.

Graduates go onto a wide range of exciting, global careers. These include the UN, government, charities, development, humanitarian, aid organisations, private sector companies, and UK authorities and services relevant to the field. 


Facilities InformationWhether your subject matter is plant or animal material, soil, sediment or water, our range of specialist and general use facilities will support you. Throughout your work, whether undergraduate, postgraduate or research, you will be able to measure, analyse, experiment and model the elements that make up our environment.  


Discovermore _button55% of the Geography department’s research was ranked as world leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA17) making us a top-30 Geography Research Department based on research power.


Course info

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study One year full-time, with the option to continue the research dissertation into second year

Department Geography

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September

Disaster Management and Sustainable Development MSc