Disaster Medicine MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Disaster Medicine MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Medicine


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

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    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

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Why study this programme?

Many of our courses will start in January and September and online/virtual delivery may be available. Please speak to our team to find out more on PGMed@uclan.ac.uk

The MSc Disaster Medicine is for healthcare professionals who want to work as part of a disaster response team, not only delivering but planning and co-ordinating healthcare in the challenging environment of disaster and conflict.  It will especially appeal to emergency and urgent care professionals (doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals) who would like to expand the scope of their skills to include disaster response.  It will also appeal to healthcare professionals in other disciplines, who are considering venturing into this exciting and expanding field of Disaster Medicine.

Delivering healthcare to communities affected by disasters, be they natural or man-made, is an aspect of healthcare that is both demanding and immensely rewarding.  It requires specific skills and expertise that would enable healthcare professionals to adapt and respond to the need of the affected communities at a time when they are most vulnerable. Our course will provide participants with the necessary skills to deal with aspects of healthcare delivery in a disaster, from advance planning, to immediate response, to healthcare in the medium-to-long-term.  In addition, it covers the complex logistical, legal and ethical issues, as well as an overview of the principles of disaster management.

The modules on this programme may be subject to change.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Must hold a medically related qualification or have completed the penultimate year of a medical degree (e.g. intercalating medical students will have completed year 4 of a 5-year medical degree or year 3 of a 4-year medical degree) or relevant professional qualification for example as paramedic, ODP, nurse etc or have equivalent relevant experience e.g. from the armed forces.
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)

Applicants without the standard entry requirements, but with relevant experience, such as those from the armed forces, may be considered.

All suitable applicants may be interviewed.  Interview procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University’s policies on equal opportunities and admissions.

Programme at a Glance


Requires 60 credits at Level 7.

The 60 credits are comprised of MB4090 Disaster Medicine (40 credits) and MB4091 Planning for Disasters (20 credits)


Requires 120 credits at Level 7.

  • These must include MB4090 Disaster Medicine (40 credits) and MB4091 Planning for Disasters (20 credits) as per PGCert,
  • Any combination of at least 3 optional modules (20 credits each).

Additional optional modules include:

  • MB4092 Cultural Considerations in Disaster Response
  • MB4094 Co-ordination and Management of Disaster Response
  • MB4095 Disaster Medicine in Extreme Environments
  • MB4065 Providing Urgent Medical Care
  • MB4069 Risk Management and Preparedness
  • MB4096 Ethical and Legal Consideration in Disaster Medicine
  • MB4097 Public Health and Disasters
  • MB4098 Using Technology in Disaster Medicine

Planning for Disasters


Requires 180 credits at Level 7.

  • These must include MB4090 Disaster Medicine (40 credits) and MB4091 Planning for Disasters (20 credits) as per PGCert,
  • Any combination of at least 3 optional modules (20 credits each), as per PGDip,
  • The remaining 60 credits are comprised of EITHER
    - MB4066 Research Methods (20 credits) and MB4022 Dissertation (40 credits), OR
    - MB4060 Evidence-Based Practice (20 credits) and MB4003 Professional Project (40 credits)

NB Modules may be subject to change. Please check with the Course Leader before applying for this programme.

Further Information

Module information

MB4090 Disaster Medicine provides an overview of disaster medicine and what it entails. It will cover the overall framework of disaster management and response to various types of disasters – natural or man-made, with focus on initial response and the important role of communication. The Module then goes into more detail about the different aspects of medical response, including Triage, Outreach Teams, Pre-hospital Management, Evacuation and Communication.  It also broadly covers medium-to-long term considerations, including public health and infection control, chronic illnesses management, family planning, peri-natal care, mental health and rehabilitation. 

MB4091 Planning for Disasters covers the process of planning a response to disaster, including personal, organisational, national and international preparations.

MB4092 Cultural Considerations in Disaster Response looks at the importance of making appropriate consideration for cultural beliefs within communities affected by disasters, especially as community and individual engagement are crucial to ensure an effective and successful response.

MB4094 Co-ordination and Management of Disaster Response gives a detailed overview on the process of disaster management as a whole, covering the complex process of co-ordination across cultural, and political system differences.

MB4095 Disaster Medicine in Extreme Environments covers the medical and physiological complexities associated with disasters involving extreme conditions, such as altitude, extreme cold and extreme heat, as well as other similarly extreme conditions.

MB4065 Providing Urgent Medical Care looks at the provision of urgent medical care, which is clearly applicable to disaster situations.  This includes discussing adapting clinical practice to allow dealing with time-critical conditions, especially in the context of a disaster situation.

MB4069 Risk Management and Preparedness discusses the need for robust risk management and preparedness in urgent care and disaster response.

MB4096 Ethical and Legal Consideration in Disaster Medicine covers the various aspects of clinical governance, information governance, privacy and data protection, financial governance, and maintaining ethical and professional behaviour and practices, as well as the legal considerations of working in disaster areas and conflict zones.

MB4097 Public Health and Disasters considers the various issues relating to public health in the context of disasters, from infection control, to vaccination programmes, to perinatal care and family planning.

MB4098 Using Technology in Disaster Medicine looks at the role of technology in optimising patient care, ensuring proper monitoring, securing robust communication routes, and providing effective and secure documentation, in the context of disaster response.

MB4066 Research Methods                                                       

MB4060 Evidence-Based Practice                                           

MB4003 Professional Project                                                    

MB4022 Dissertation

NB Modules may be subject to change. Please check with the Course Leader before applying for this programme

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £7,920; International: £14,200
Part-time: £880 per 20-credit module

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course will be delivered in mixed mode, both online and on campus, allowing students to study either full-time or part-time whilst practising. The team who have written this programme have extensive experience as Doctors in the UK and in disaster conditions. They have drawn upon their expertise and experience to develop a programme which will underpin professional practice in extreme conditions.

The teaching team will offer skills, experience and inspiration in this specialist field. The team is led by Dr Ayman Jundi, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine of 20+ years of experience. He brings along his hard-earned, hands-on experience in disaster management, gained through his work with a charity delivering medical care in a conflict zone.

Dr Jundi qualified from Damascus University School of Medicine in 1980. Then, at the height of the Lebanese Civil War, he moved to Beirut, Lebanon, to undertake surgical training at the American University of Beirut (AUB), which, at the time, was the largest Trauma Centre in the Middle East, dealing with enormous numbers of war injuries. He moved to the UK in 1985, and continued with his surgical training, until he chose a career in Emergency Medicine. Having completed his training, he was appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in January 2000, where he still works. His specialist interests include Major Incident and Disaster Management, Resuscitation Training, and Medical Education.

In 2011, in response to the ongoing crisis that had engulfed Syria, his country of birth, he co-founded a charity, Syria Relief, to deliver aid and health care to civilian communities inside the war-stricken country. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Charity. He has undertaken Course Leader responsibilities for Disaster Medicine, and is involved in research, teaching and knowledge transfer through the various educational activities involved in this course.


Designed by medical professionals with experience in disaster and conflict medicine, this course will prepare participants for work in disaster environments -  not only preparing them for enhanced delivery of healthcare in a disaster zone, but also providing them with the skills required to plan, manage and deliver a medical programme under these conditions, with consideration for ethical, legal and logistical issues.

Healthcare professional will find the skills and knowledge gained on this course very useful, whether they seek a short-term deployment to a disaster zone, or they go for employment with international relief agencies and organisations.

Intercalating medical students could use this qualification as the foundation for further study and practice following qualification.

Skills gained on the programme will be transferable to many aspects of emergency medicine practice.