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MSc in Emergency Management

Master of Science in Emergency Management

Next intake for this programme is September 2020

  • PAC CodeDC956
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Part-time
  • Duration 2 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€6,000
  • Non EU Fees€12,000
About fees & requirements

Emergencies and crises, both national and international, continue to negatively impact our business and societies. Risks faced today are more interconnected and complex than ever before. As a result governments, organisations and businesses are seeking new, more effective ways to prepare, respond and recover from an emergency or crises; as well as ensuring the continuity of operations during these incidents. 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.


Why do this course?

  • 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.


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.

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.


View the current course structure →


Dublin City University has forged a reputation as Ireland's University of Enterprise, through its strong, active links with academic, research and industry partners both at home and overseas.

Our solid industry relationships have allowed us to instil an enterprising culture into our postgraduate courses which has resulted in DCU Business School’s reputation as being Ireland’s most innovative business school. The quality of our teaching, small class sizes and high levels of industry engagement make us stand out.

We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators.

As well as being recognised by AACSB, the oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools, DCU Business School is also ranked in the top 90 European Business Schools by the influential Financial Times Ranking.

DCU graduates are highly sought after in the job market, with many going on to pursue leadership and management roles in organisations both at home and abroad.



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.



General Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold an honours primary degree or an equivalent professional qualification. A small number of students who do not meet the normal entry criteria may be considered for admission to the programme on the basis of their work experience and other relevant educational achievements. 

Selection of applicants may include an interview.

The programme commences with a compulsory Orientation Session, which takes place the week before the standard University commencement date.

Please note that the running of the programme is subject to a minimum enrollment number.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Non Native English Speakers must also submit

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU Business School entry requirements - see link 

Application Dates - There is an intake every second year for this programme the next intake will be for September 2020.

EU Applicants

There is no intake for this programme for September 2019 start.

Non EU Applicants

There is no intake for this programme for September 2019 start.   If you require a study visa for the purposes of entering Ireland, you are ineligible to apply for part time study programmes.

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( for the next intake of this programme in September 2020.


Queries on Completed Applications

Queries on completed applications can be made by e-mail to

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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Master of Science in Emergency Management Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Part Time €0 €6,000 €12,000