Emergency and Disaster Management Studies are concerned with disaster preparation, response, mitigation, and recovery aimed at reducing the adverse consequences of natural and man-made disasters.
The curriculum allows for a detailed understanding of the theoretical principles through the analysis of disasters and emergencies. It examines the value and complexity of crisis management, recognising, assessing, and addressing risk and the means adopted to increase resilience for minimising the economic and social effects.
The course ensures that learners develop the skills and mindset required by Disaster and Emergency Management Professionals to tackle the different challenges related to the impact of human and environmental catastrophes. The core skills developed are critical thinking, communication, management, teamwork, skills related to assessing situations, advice, and future planning.
The sub-disciplines of Emergency and Disaster Management can be studied at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, under the following credentials.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Bachelor of Business Administration (M.B.A)
Undergraduate Diploma/Certificate (UGDip/UGCert)
Master of Arts (M.A)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A)
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
Doctor of Philosophy (P.hD.)
Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate (PGDip/PGCert)
The four phases of Emergency and Disaster Management are mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Students can choose to specialise in any of the four phases under the following topics listed below.
Conflict and Disaster Law
Crisis and Disaster Management
Disaster Management Technologies
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Engineering
Disaster, Risk, and Resilience
Emergency Administration and Planning
Fire and Rescue Service
Geological and Environmental hazards
Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid
Intelligence and Security
Terrorism and Security
A variety of career options are offered to graduates of Emergency and Disaster Management. The job roles are typically in emergency planning, crisis communication, infectious disease management, risk analysis, reinsurance, business continuity, security management, emergency logistics, humanitarian management, and civil defence.
A postgraduate degree in disaster management prepares students for a variety of careers in the region. However, the course they take can necessitate additional schooling, certifications, experience, and/or other credentials in addition to a degree in emergency and disaster management.
Graduates can work in fields such as academia, business organisations, government sector, non-profit organisations, emergency management agencies, public health and safety, law enforcement, immigration, transportation security, customs, and border protection.
- Some of the popular graduate roles for Emergency and Disaster Management graduates include:
Anti-terrorism Emergency Manager
Business Continuity Planner
Business Continuity Planner
Business Risk Manager
Campus Emergency Manager
Crisis Communication Specialist
Disaster Recovery Coordinator
Disaster Risk Specialist
Emergency Management Consultant
Emergency Management Director
Emergency Management Policy Advisor
Emergency Social Services Manager
Emergency Telecommunications Manager
Environmental Emergencies Specialist
Event Safety and Emergency Manager
- Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisor
Hospital Emergency Manager
Humanitarian Assistance Professional
Industrial Emergency Manager
International Aid Director
International Development Worker
NGO Disaster Relief Coordinator
Oil and Gas Emergency Manager
Operations and Training Coordinator
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations Representative
Public Safety Consultant
Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff
Social Program Director
Trauma Centre Supervisor