Emergency Management in High Hazard Industries MSc

Emergency Management in High Hazard Industries MSc

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences


Post- graduate





Contact UCLan

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full time: 1 year; Part time: 2 years

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    January and September 2020

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

MSc Emergency Management in High Hazard Industries is for professionals, emergency managers and planners who have the responsibility for preparing and responding to emergencies in the nuclear, petrochemical, oil refinery, pipeline, ports and aviation industries. The course will also appeal to professionals in the government services (Police, Fire, Military, Health) who have identified high hazard sites impacting their area. It will also advantage Emergency Management graduates to increase their skills, knowledge and employability in this developing field.

The course is designed to meet the requirements of government and commercial organisations ensuring graduates have the skills and knowledge to deal with large scale emergencies and deliver business continuity and service. Its flexibility allows full-time students to expand their knowledge base, whilst the part-time route allows those already in Emergency Management to support their practical knowledge with academic rigour. It will enhance your career prospects by developing your technical expertise suitable for emergency planners and those responding to emergencies at COMAH sites, nuclear sites, airports, and utilities companies.

The number and consequences of disasters are increasing and public – and private-sector agencies are taking greater precautions to mitigate or prevent the effects. Employers are now looking for emergency management professionals who are suitably trained and qualified. This programme will cover the procedures, techniques and forms of organisation used in managing disasters, crisis situations and major incidents. It will address leadership and problem-solving skills and enable students to gain familiarity with the environments, protocols and relationships involved in modern emergency management. The course will develop management processes to be used in real emergency situations, including the ability to anticipate unexpected developments.

Visit UCLan at an Open Day Visit UCLan at an Open Day

Entry Requirements

2:2 Degree or it's international equivalent. Professional qualification deemed to be honours degree 2:2 equivalent will also be considered.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • NT4050 Emergency Management Skills
  • NT4051 Emergency Preparedness
  • NT4052 Command Control and Coordination
  • NT4036 Emergency Response

Year 2

  • NT4039 Master’s Project
  • PS4410  Psychological Aspects of Emergencies
  • NT4049 Recovery From Emergencies and Disruptions


  • NT4007 Environmental Management Within Organisations


  • NT4048 Business Continuity Management

Further Information

Teaching Staff

Patrick Cunningham
Module Tutor

MBA University of Northumbria, Member of Business Continuity Institute, Fellow of Emergency Planning Society, Former President of Emergency Planning Society, Former Chief Emergency Planning Officer County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. British Standards Institute Qualified Lead Auditor for Business Continuity Management

Ivan Dootson
Module Tutor

MSc Nuclear Decommissioning, Lancaster University, Engineering Business Management, Warwick University, Icheme – Oil and Gas Process Safety, Safety, Security and Emergency Management Site Manager – Sellafield Ltd

Dr Karl S Williams
Module Tutor

Director of Centre for Waste Management. Post graduate certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) Brighton University Master of Technology (MTech) Brunel University

PhD University of Leeds BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering University of Leeds, Chartered Engineer: Engineering Council (CEng) Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (MIMMM) Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental; Management and Assessment (AMIEMA) Member of Chartered Institution of Waste Management MCIWM and Chartered Waste Manager Fellow of Higher Education Academy FHEA Accreditation as a teacher in Higher Education (SEEDA)

Dr Sarita Jane Robinson
Module Tutor

Ph.D. in Psychology: University of Lancaster, MSc. in Psychology: University of Manchester:

BSc. Hons Psychology with Globalisation Studies: University of Lancaster. Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Founding Fellow, Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. Chartered Member, British Psychological Society.

Gerry ‘O’Neill
Module Tutor

BSc (Hons), Sociology and Technology, Open University, Master of the City and Guilds Institute of London, MCGI, Command Studies Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Lancashire Fire Service, varied postings including two years at the Home Office HM Fire Service Inspectorate and three years teaching command and Leadership at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh


Students will undertake a range of assessment methods, including presentations, essays, a work-related project and conducting emergency exercises in our state-of-the-art Hydra Minerva Suite.

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).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

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