Master of Science in Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief)

Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: 53087

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code


Mode of Study
On-line Mode
Normal Duration

2.5 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$4,865 per credit

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Sunshine Chan

Co-Programme Leader

Dr Darren Walter

  • This programme is a purely distance learning course and jointly offered by PolyU and the University of Manchester, UK, under the School of Nursing (SN).
  • The Department will consider applications on a rolling basis until places are filled. To secure a study place, applicants should apply as early as possible.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aim

This programme provides students with the opportunity to develop and expand knowledge, understanding and judgment of theoretical and practical disaster management and humanitarian action.



  • Designed to equip students with advanced knowledge, and to continue their personal development in disaster risk management and humanitarianism;
  • Underpinned by a multidisciplinary approach that enables graduates to carry out theoretical and practical analysis, as well as evaluation to support disaster management and humanitarian action in global health contexts;
  • Conducted by experienced disaster teaching team members who are trainers for continuing education courses and postgraduate programmes in disaster management; 
  • Collaborates with the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester, a leading global centre for the study of humanitarianism and international disaster management;
  • Provides students with hands-on field placement experience to support their future career development; and
  • Offers flexible online* study that enables part-time students to obtain an MSc in Disaster Management without residency and boundary restrictions.


The Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China reserves the right to recognise the qualifications of online programmes.

Recognition & Prospects

No information is available at present.


Programme Structure

Compulsory Subjects

  • Advanced Research Methods (Qualitative Research)
  • Advanced Research Methods (Quantitative Research)
  • Dissertation


Core Subjects

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Public Health Response in a Disaster (Subject to approval)
  • Recovery and Rehabilitation in a Disaster
  • Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience 


Elective Subjects

  • Community Approach to Health
  • Disaster and Mental Health
  • Field Placement
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries

Entrance Requirements

  • A relevant undergraduate degree at a minimum level of 2.2 (Lower second class) Honours, or equivalent alternative qualifications or experience;
  • English Language Requirement
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 90 with no less than 20 in each of the sub-tests for the Internet-based test, or 577 for the paper-based test with no less than 55 in each of the sub-tests and 5.5 in the TWE (Test of Written English) for the paper-based test; OR
    • An overall Band Score of at least 6.5, with no less than a minimum of 6 in each of the sub-tests as a minimum in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office, School of Nursing
Tel: (852) 2766 4369
Fax: (852) 2364 9663

Student Message

No information is available at present.

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

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