Master of Science in Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief)

Joint award from both PolyU and the University of Manchester, UK The University of Manchester HCRI
Programme Code: 53087

Stream Code : Online
Mode of Study : Online-mode
Normal Duration : 2.5 years
Credits Required for Graduation : 36
Fund Type : Self-financed
Programme Leader : Dr Olivia Fung
RN (HK), DHSc (PolyU)
Co-Programme Leader : Dr Darren Walter
Programme Aims

This programme provides participants with the opportunity to develop and expand knowledge, understanding and judgment in theoretical and practical disaster management and humanitarian action.

Programme Characteristics
* The Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China reserves the right to recognise the qualifications of online programmes.
(This programme is a purely distance learning course.)

Programme Structure
  No. of subject (s) Credits
Compulsory Subjects 3 15
Core Subjects 5 15
Elective Subjects 2 6
Total 10 36

Compulsory Subjects
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • Dissertation
Core Subjects
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Public Health Response in a Disaster
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Recovery and Rehabilitation in a Disaster
  • Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience
Elective Subjects
  • Community Approaches to Health
  • Disasters and Mental Health
  • Field Placement
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries
Entrance Requirements
  1. A relevant undergraduate degree at a minimum level of 2.2 (Lower second class) Honours, or equivalent alternative qualifications or experience; AND
  2. English Language requirement

    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 90 with no less than 20 in each of the sub-tests for the Internet-based test, or 577 for the paper-based test with no less than 55 in each of the sub-tests and 5.5 in the TWE (Test of Written English) for the paper-based test.
    • An overall Band score of at least 6.5, with no less than a minimum of 6 in each of the sub-tests as a minimum in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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Disater Management -Humanitarian Nursing and Conflict Response | PolyU

Check out PolyU's online Master course of Disaster Management to learn more about Humanitarian Nursing and Conflict Response

If you are a bachelor's degree holder in any discipline and want to have advance knowledge about humanitarian nursing and conflict response, PolyU's Master of Science in Disaster Management may be a suitable choice for you.

This is an online course requires 36 credits for graduation. Normally, the course will last for 2.5 years. Each student should attend 10 subjects with 36 credits in total. Students will have 3 compulsory subjects with 15 credits. They are advanced research methods for qualitative research, advanced research methods for quantitative research and dissertation. Students will also have 5 core subjects to equip more knowledge about disaster management and humanitarian nursing and conflict response. They include disaster preparedness, emergency humanitarian assistance, introduction to disaster risk management, recovery and rehabilitation in a disaster, as well as risk, vulnerability and resilience assessment. For elective subjects, they have humanitarianism and conflict response: inquiries, disaster and mental health, field placement and community approach to health.

As The University of Manchester is famous for the Institute of Humanitarian and Conflict Response. This online master course of disaster management collaborates with the humanitarianism and international disaster management of The University of Manchester.

The Master course of Disaster Management is self-financed and no special requirement of subject or field in student's Bachelor degree. But there are some English Language requirements. If the student is not a native speaker of English and his/her Bachelor degree's medium of instruction is not English, then him/her would have to get 88 scores or above in the Internet-based test and 570 scores or above for the paper-based test in TOEFL. Another option is to have 6.5 scores or above in the IELTS.

Most importantly, all humanitarian nursing and conflict response courses will go online, it provides the students a more flexible schedule especially for part-time student busy from work.