What will I learn?

As demand grows around a strategic global response to the ever-changing and increasing risks, shocks and conflicts arising from natural and anthropogenic hazards, it is increasingly important that we build an understanding of the root causes of vulnerability to disasters and conflicts as a pathway to addressing such contemporary international problems. BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response is a multidisciplinary course designed to enhance collaboration amongst natural and social sciences, medicine and the arts. This course seeks to bridge the divide between development, disaster risk management, and peace and conflict studies. As a student you will explore these contemporary issues and challenges through a theoretical lens - both globally and locally in the UK. Through the course you can expect to build research expertise, knowledge and theoretical management skills in disaster preparedness, response and recovery in order to reduce negative impacts on health, social, economic and environmental spheres. You will also focus learning on the causes and consequences of conflict as well as conflict resolution and peacebuilding - again from an international and local perspective. You will find this multidisciplinary course unique as you will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of lecturers, including anthropologists, geographers, political scientists, historians and development scholars. As such, your learning will be truly interdisciplinary and allow you to understand disaster management, humanitarianism and peace building from a multi-disciplinary perspective and an integrated approach to the field. You will also have the opportunity to take optional course units in disciplines such as Geography, Politics, Theology, Languages and Anthropology. This will provide you with wide options to choose from whilst having a grounding in peace and conflict studies, humanitarianism and disaster management. Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. We also recognise there is great demand from employers in the humanitarian sector for languages. Therefore, up to a third of your degree can be made up of studying languages, such as French, Arabic, German or Russian. Alternatively, you can study for a joint honours degree combining Arabic, Chinese, French or Spanish. Please note this course covers distressing and upsetting topics such as genocide, sexual violence and the impact of conflict on women and children.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£21,500.00 (US$ 29,140) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

19 September 2022


Main Site

University Recruitment And Adm,

Oxford Road,


M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Grades AAA. This should include two subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. If you are not taking an A Level in Maths, Grade A at GCSE is required.Typical Contextual Offer: Grades AAB including two from Maths, Physics or Chemistry, excluding General Studies.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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