Risk & Emergency Management

Course typeExchange
Course sectorLife Science
Course duration5 months
SemesterSpring (Febr. - Jul.)
For partners ofSchool of Governance, Law & Urban Development

In spite of proaction and prevention efforts to prevent crisis and disasters, emergencies may still appear. In this semester, we discuss the core principles of emergency management in the public and private sector.

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Risk and emergency management activities are often divided into four categories: mitigation, preparation, response and recovery. Mitigation activities can take place both during the recovery from a disaster and as a pre-event activity to minimise the disaster impact in the event of a disaster, including prevention activities to prevent unsafe situation. Preparation can be described as those activities and measures taken in advance to ensure an effective response, such as the enhancement of emergency capacities through the development of a contingency plan or business continuity plan or through the training of response activities. Subsequently, response compromises all activities to fight an emergency immediately before (during an imminent threat) or directly after an emergency has taken place, to save lives or to minimize damage to property or reputation and to enhance the effectiveness of recovery. Recovery compromises all measures that are required to return to a normal situation. In this semester, we mainly focus on the preparation phase, including planning and training and on the response phase. These phases are discussed from different perspectives including:

  • a legal perspective, focussing on the legal requirements
  • an organizational perspective, focusing on the way emergency response activities can be organized
  • a strategic perspective, focusing on the strategic choices that should be made during emergency preparation and response
  • an operational perspective focusing on the actual emergency management organization and the command and control structures during emergencies.

The semester risk and emergency management is divided into two parts (terms). The first term focuses on emergency management in the public sector, the second term on emergency management in the private sector. The first term includes courses on international crisis and emergency management, crisis and emergency management in het Netherlands and risk and crisis communication. The second term includes courses on business continuity management, security and ethics and crisis management in private organizations.

As part of the programme you will be working on an individual assignment on an emergency management topic of your own choice. This will enhance your skills in analysing and solving problems in the field of emergency management. Assignments should focus on emergency management topics and may, amongst others, concern a comparative study of emergency management practices e.g. flood risk management or business continuity management, an exploration of the role of social media in emergency management, or an examination of human behaviour during emergencies.

Before you can be admitted to this course you need to have a secondary school certificate and a minimum of two years of higher education in a similar field of expertise.

The programme is open for students from Erasmus partner universities and other Non-Eu partners of the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development.

The semester is taught in English. Applicants need an IELTS academic level of 6,0 or higher. Please check the general entry requirements, including other accepted languages tests and proofs.

This semester should not be regarded as training for operational emergency activities. E.g. we do not train you how to fight a fire or how to carry out first aid. Career prospect can be found however on the strategic level, e.g. as:

  • health, safety and environment (HSE) manager within a (large) company;
  • policy maker at a governmental organisation involved in preparation for emergencies;
  • strategic coordinator at an emergency service involved in emergency preparation and response.