Emergency Management

DC956 | 2 years part time

  • Points
  • Duration
    2 years part-time
  • Fees
    See dcu.ie/fees
  • Start date
    September 2018
  • Application

    Open for Applications.

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The DCU MSc in Emergency Management is the first programme of its kind in Ireland, endorsed by the National Steering Group for Major Emergency Management, The Emergency Planning Society (Republic of Ireland Branch) and Pharmachemical Ireland as being suitable for improving the emergency management skills of individuals in both the public and private sectors.

Gain a systematic understanding of the theory, concepts and methods at the forefront of knowledge pertaining to Emergency Management.

Develop the ability to prepare for, respond to, recover after and learn from an emergency or crisis situation.

Understand the importance of the emergency management professionals role in society and how this role may be used to effect change.




Crises and disasters, both local and international, have made headline news over the past number of years. The impact of natural disasters, such as the Tsunami on the Far East and Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, is still being felt in those regions. The impact of human initiated disasters, such as the Twin Towers collapse and the Madrid and London bombings, has had an enormous impact on security systems and world travel. Biologically based disasters such as SARS and bird flu similarly have had worldwide impact. In Ireland the many horrific traffic disasters that occur annually, natural disasters such as storms and floods, and recent epidemics such as the foot and mouth outbreak have had huge impact on people’s lives. As a consequence of these disasters, the areas of preparedness for emergency, response to emergency, business continuity and post-disaster recovery have become significantly important in a global context and also locally in Ireland.

The delivery mode is part-time by block release over two days once a month.

Assessment of each module will be by competency test, continuous assessment (including project work), terminal examination, or a combination of these elements. The nature of assessment and the percentage of marks allocated to the various elements of the assessment will depend on the module.


With the ever increasing emphasis on emergency management, there will be important roles for talented and qualified individuals. You will find work in all areas of the public and private sector where there are risks of disaster or crises. These include local government, pharmaceutical firms, transport companies and businesses in the energy and security fields.






Please see the DCU Online Prospectus for entry requirements.








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