This new and innovative multidisciplinary PGCert Global Crisis, Conflict and Disaster Management examines the role of global law, policy and practice across the spectrum of possible crises, conflicts, and disasters.
You will consider the complete disaster cycle of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, and explore all types of crisis and conflict (civil, international, post-conflict peace-building, and terrorism) as well as disasters, both man-made (pollution and contamination) and natural (earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis, health pandemics).
The number, intensity, and impact of crises, emergencies, conflicts and disasters are increasing. During the past ten years alone, an estimated 1.5 billion people have been affected by some form of disaster or conflict-related event.
The programme reflects on current and changing global priorities such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-30; progressing the outputs of the UN Climate Change Conference 2015; UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015; and the World Humanitarian Summit 2016.
The aim of this programme is to equip you with many of the substantive, professional, practical, and personal transferable skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in inherently multidisciplinary crisis, conflict and/or disaster environments.
A number of schools will collaborate on the delivery of this programme: Law; Agriculture, Policy and Development; Politics, Economics and International Relations; Archaeology, Geography, and Environmental Science. There will also be input from other disciplinary perspectives too, together with practitioners drawn from across the conflict, humanitarian and disasters sectors.
As well as Law graduates, this programme will appeal to early to mid-career professionals working in roles dealing with different types of crises, conflicts and/or disasters, particularly governmental, intergovernmental, private/corporate, civil society/non-governmental who wish to broaden and deepen their existing areas of expertise. It will be also be suitable for recent graduates of any subject, those on career breaks, and career changers.
It is possible to take either an LLM or MSc pathway on the PGCert. Both are framed around the global architecture of crisis, conflict and disaster management with embedded multidisciplinarity. The key distinction is that an LLM route takes more optional law modules, whereas optional modules for the MSc are more multidisciplinary in nature.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK. Our students come with a variety of relevant legal and non-legal experience and all applicants are considered on individual merit.
What will you study?
Planned Law modules include:
Global architecture of crisis, conflict and disaster management
Human rights law, policy and practice
Hazard, risk, vulnerability and resilience
Law of armed conflict
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
Practical training opportunities
A series of non-assessed, employability orientated, practical training events, inside and outside the classroom, will take place throughout the programme aimed at consolidating and applying substantive knowledge learnt as well as developing transferable professional and personal skills. This will include the opportunity to undertake a fantastic and unique practical ‘fragile/hostile environment training’ package delivered by external professional trainers1.
1. Subject to payment of an additional fee, and a minimum number of students wishing to take this element.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,100 per year
New international students: £17,100 per year
New UK/EU students: 2,915 year one
New international students: 5,748 year one
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
Students may be eligible for a 10% fees discount if they are currently employed by a recognised NGO, have left NGO employment within 6 calendar months prior to enrolment on the programme, or will commence employment with an NGO within 3 calendar months of graduating from the programme. It will be necessary to produce appropriate documentary evidence of NGO employment to qualify for this discount.
What career can you have?
The programme is expected to appeal especially to law and non-law graduates who are early to mid-career professionals working in roles dealing with different types of crises, conflicts and/or disasters, particularly governmental, intergovernmental, private/corporate, civil society/non-governmental who wish to broaden and deeper their existing areas of expertise. It will be suitable too for recent graduates, those on career breaks, and career changers.
The future employability of programme graduates is expected to be excellent, with graduates uniquely positioned and clearly distinguishable to prospective employers. Not only will they have knowledge in key principles and topics associated with traditional Public International Law and Human Rights related LLM programmes, but graduates will also acquire unique understanding of cutting edge law and policy (e.g. international disaster/disaster risk reduction law), become more multidisciplinary conversant, and acquire professional, personal and practical transferable skills.
The overarching aim is to equip students with many of the substantive, professional, practical, and personal transferable skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in inherently multidisciplinary crisis, conflict and/or disaster environment(s).