Emergency Management

MSc in Emergency Management
As part of this programme, you will explore the principles of emergency management and gain a firm grounding in both international theory and current practice. The programme will also provide you with a deep understanding of emergencies, risks, and crisis not only focusing on the response phase, but preparedness, mitigation and recovery.

The MSc in Emergency Management is the first programme of its kind in Ireland. The programme, launched in 2007 by DCU Business School, has been endorsed by the National Steering Group for Major Emergency Management, The Emergency Planning Society and Pharmachemical Ireland.

This programme will allow you to keep up-to-date with current, relevant developments in emergency management from both a national and international perceptive. You will be taught how to engage in research, evaluate information critically, and apply theories and models, in order to enhance your knowledge and advance your career.

The MSc in Emergency Management programme is informed by the findings of international research, including our own academic, industry and government work.

Delivered by block release over two consecutive days per month, over two years.

The Programme has been endorsed by the National Directorate for Fire & Emergency and Crisis Management.

Staff and participants bring considerable professional expertise to the programme, thus allowing for interesting class discussion and peer learning.

DCU Business School is accredited by AACSB, a standard reached by only 5% of business schools worldwide reflecting its established international reputation for high quality graduates.

We are always horizon scanning and adapting the content of the course to suit the emergency manager of the future. Presently, the core topics include:
• Emergency Management Theory and Practice
• Systematic Emergency Management (Risk analysis, Preparedness, Response and Recovery)
• Business Continuity Management
• Leadership and Change
• Crisis Communications
• Issues & Trends in Emergency Management Research
• Emergency Management Dissertation

The dissertation gives you the chance to specialise your study further by focusing on an area of particular interest. Students often find this 30 credit module an excellent selling point when seeking employment or promotion.

Subjects taught

To view the current course structure, please visit the Provider's website.

Entry requirements

Please note the next intake for this programme is September 2024.
For admission to the MSc in Emergency Management candidates must hold –
• A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional qualification and at least 3 year's relevant work experience (relevant experience includes working in the PRAs, the Defence Forces, or in a risk, crisis, emergency or general management role).
• Applicants who have achieved a 2.2 Honours degree may still obtain a place. This will depend on availability of places and on obtaining high grades in relevant modules on their undergraduate programme.
• Exceptional candidates who do not meet these requirements may be considered for entry, based on their work experience and other relevant achievements, subject to interview.
• The programme commences with a compulsory Orientation Session, which takes place the week before the standard University commencement date.

Application dates

Application Deadlines
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:.
• Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2023.
• Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2023.

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Queries from EU applicants should be directed to postgraduateadmissions@dcu.ie

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to internationalapplications@dcu.ie

To apply for this programme:
• All applicants should apply through the DCU Application Portal here. There's also a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
• Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
• Provide a 500-750 word (max) personal statement.
• Please upload a CV under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section.
• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements. Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml.

Non Native English Speakers must also submit
• Evidence of English competency which meets DCU Business School entry requirements.


2 years part-time.

Our MSc in Emergency Management programme is delivered, part-time, over two years via a block release structure. This means you typically attend classes over two consecutive days per month (usually Thursday and Friday). We do this so that you can adjust your study around your own daily life.

Post Course Info

The field of emergency management offers a wide variety of career routes, depending on your specific interests. With this masters qualification emergency management it is possible to find work in both the public and private sectors. Our models are not only designed for enhancing your ability in emergency management, but are as well mapped to the Irish Public Appointments criteria regarding core business capabilities.

With a relevant qualification, it is possible to move into: local government; pharmaceutical firms; transport companies and businesses in the energy and security fields; international relief work; consultancy; and much more. You will also have the opportunity to develop valuable links with key persons working in emergency management and other relevant professional associations.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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