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How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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International course fees
GBP 17000 per year

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About International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, Faculty of Humanities

As demand grows around a strategic global response to the ever-changing and increasing risks, shocks and stresses arising from natural and anthropogenic hazards, it is increasingly important that we build an understanding of the root causes of vulnerability to disasters as a pathway to developing resilient communities.

The International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response programme is a multidisciplinary course designed to enhance collaboration amongst natural and social sciences, medicine and the arts in exploring disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.

This programme seeks to bridge the divide between development and humanitarian action - bringing together cross disciplines including development planners, and climate scientists, on the intersection of disaster risk reduction.

As a student you will explore methods for improvement in building the disaster resilience of communities - both globally and locally in the UK. Through the course you can expect to build research expertise, practical knowledge and management skills in disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to reduce negative impacts on health, social, economic and environmental spheres.

You will find this multidisciplinary programme unique , with the core courses demonstrating the linkages across disaster risk management, climate change, sustainable development and humanitarian action. The compulsory courses create an integrated approach to the field - rather than offering a selection of discrete modules available in geography, sociology, history and environmental science rather than a dedicated programme. The University of Manchester is unique in having strengths in humanitarian and conflict response underpinned by history, politics, medicine, geography and development studies. This will provide you with wide options to choose from whilst having a grounding in humanitarianism and disaster management. For the third level dissertation you will be asked to choose from a wide range of topics that relate to disaster management and humanitarian response.

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. Find out more here .

Language options: We 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. A beginner start with many languages is also possible

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  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
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Entry requirements


AAB-ABB. General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the standard offer.


Once AS-levels are uncoupled from A-levels, our subjects will no longer accept two AS-levels in lieu of one A-level. For those who took their AS-levels before the new system, then some subjects (but not all) will consider accepting them in lieu of an A-level - please contact us to ask if this is the case for the subject in which you are interested.
Once AS-levels are uncoupled, we will no longer use them as an indication in determining whether a place will be offered. This is because they will not be available to all applicants and their use could therefore disadvantage those who were not able to take them.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.


English Language at minimum grade C or 4

Key Skills qualification

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall (core points accepted), including 665-655 in three Higher Level subjects.

English language

Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent;
eg. NCUK EAP minimum Grade of A with range of 70-79
TOEFL: IBT score of 100.
For further details see the University guidance on English Language.
Please contact if you are unsure if you have taken what The University of Manchester considers to be a Standard English Language Test (please tell them you are applying for an Undergraduate programme if you do this).

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A2A2A2B2B2 - A2B1B2B2B2 at Higher Level

Scottish Highers

Grades AAAAB-AAABB taken at one sitting: accepted only in conjunction with 3

Advanced Highers at Grades shown.

Scottish Advanced Highers


Welsh Baccalaureate

We welcome and recognise the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and normally require two A Levels to be included within this. For applicants holding the newly reformed Advanced core (first teaching 2015), the grade required will normally be the same as the lowest A Level grade listed in the course entry requirements. We advise you to contact us if you require clarification on the acceptability of your specific portfolio of qualifications.

European Baccalaureate

77-75% with a mark of 10 in at least one essay-based subject.

AQA Baccalaureate

We welcome the AQA Baccalaureate - offers will be made on the basis of the A-level components. See A-level section for subject and grade requirements.

Other international entry requirements

The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website .

BTEC Extended Diploma

Level 3 National Extended Diploma: BTEC Extended Diploma in a humanities or related subject, with a minimum of 100 credits awarded at Distinction, 70 at Merit and the remaining 10 credits at Pass or above.
Level 3 National Diploma: Level 3 Diploma in a humanities or related subject, with a minimum of 60 credits at Distinction, 50 at Merit and 10 at Pass, alongside a relevant A-level at grade A.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 30 credits with a Distinction grade in a Humanities-related subject, plus 15 credits with a Merit grade in a Humanities-related subject. Applicants must have EITHER GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade C or higher), OR must demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits each in English and Maths. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

Both the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, and Principal Subjects in combination with A levels, are accepted by the School. Please see A-level requirements for grades and subject requirements for individual courses. For admissions purposes grade D3 will be considered comparable to grade A at A level and grade M1 comparable to grade B at A level.
The Global Perspectives short course will not form part of your offer. However, we recognise the value of this course and recommend that you draw upon this learning and experience when composing your personal statement.

Advanced/Progression Diploma

The University of Manchester welcomes the introduction of the level 3 specialised diplomas. We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements for History courses when further details on the Humanities Line of Learning is published.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project (EP) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. The Extended Project is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result the University will not include it in the conditions of any offer made to you. However, if you choose to undertake the EP we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as it may be taken into account when your application is considered.

Non-standard educational routes

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Such applicants may be required to produce a piece of written work, for assessment by the Admissions Tutor. Once you have applied, the Admissions Administrator will contact you with a list of topics/questions. You will be asked to choose one and produce a piece (1500 words) on that subject, for submission by the deadline given by the Administrator.

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