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Disaster Medicine

1 Year
September 2023
Campus Taught

Are you a healthcare, emergency or urgent care professional who is considering venturing into the exciting and expanding field of Disaster Medicine? The MSc Disaster Medicine course expands the scope of your skills, enabling you to work as part of a disaster response team – delivering, planning and co-ordinating disaster and conflict healthcare. 

Why study with us

  • Gain the necessary skills to deal with every stage of healthcare delivery in a disaster, from advance planning and immediate response to healthcare in the medium-to-long-term. 
  • You’ll study the framework of disaster management with a focus on initial response and the important role of communication.
  • Our blended learning delivery, with online materials and on-campus sessions, allows you to study either full-time or part-time whilst continuing to work.

What you'll do

  • Learn from an experienced, inspiring and specialist team led by Dr Ayman Jundi, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine with 20+ years of experience. He shares his hard-earned, hands-on experience in disaster management, gained through his work and through the co-founding of charity, Syria Relief.
  • Explore triage, outreach teams, pre-hospital management, evacuation and communication as well as public health and infection control, family planning, peri-natal care, mental health, rehabilitation and national and international preparations. 
  • Broaden your understanding of risk management and preparedness, public health considerations, the role of technology in disaster medicine, and the impact of extreme conditions such as altitude or extreme cold and heat.

Course structure

PGCert - Requires 60 credits at Level 7

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

PGDip - Requires 120 credits at Level 7

  • These must include MB4090 Disaster Medicine (40 credits) and MB4091 Planning for Disasters (20 credits) as per PGCert
  • MB4094 Co-ordination and Management of Disaster Response (20 credits)
  • Any combination of at least 2 optional modules (20 credits each)

MSc - Requires 180 credits at Level 7

  • These must include MB4090 Disaster Medicine (40 credits) and MB4091 Planning for Disasters (20 credits) as per PGCert,
  • MB4094 Co-ordination and Management of Disaster Response (20 credits), and any combination of at least 2 optional modules (20 credits each), as per PGDip,
  • The remaining 60 credits are comprised of either
    • MB4066 (20 credits) and MB4022 (40 credits), or
    • MB4060 (20 credits) and MB4003 (40 credits)

Module overview

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise


  • The centre is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons, a professional membership organisation and registered charity which exists to advance patient care. The Royal College of Surgeons of England, registered charity number 212808.

Future Careers

The skills and knowledge gained on this course can be usefully applied on short-term deployments to a disaster zone, or in employment with international relief agencies and organisations.

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

Fees and funding

Full-time£8,500 per year
Part-time£945 per 20 credits
Full-time£14,500 per year
Full-time£8,400 per year
Part-time£972 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Medicine located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

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