Did you arrive in the industry with a relevant degree?
There are an increasing number of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in the arena of business continuity and disaster management.
While most of us – even those of us with post graduate degrees in the area – would say experience is far more useful than education, we can’t get away from the fact that highly qualified people are coming up behind us. In 5 or 10 years, a relevant degree – particularly a post graduate one – may give our experience the edge over other candidates in job interviews.
So we started compiling a list of degrees, just to see what’s out there. You can find it below.
What struck us is the diversity of the options available. Various institutions offer:
- An undergraduate degree (BA/MA/BEng)
- A post-graduate degree (MA/MSc)
- A doctorate (PHD)
Full-time or part-time
- Residential, by attendance or by distance learning
The range is truly diverse. Some post-graduate courses can get you a degree for 8 assignments and a 10,000 word dissertation in a year. Others, such as Cranfield’s MSc Resilience course, take three years and more than double the work (and double the wordcount for the dissertation). Some specialise in specific areas, for example, Loughborough University offers a Healthcare specific emergency preparedness and business continuity programme. And, of course, the quality of the University is likely to impact on both the reputation of your degree and the level of usefulness it will provide as you further your career.
Are you thinking you might ask your organisation to sponsor you through a Masters course?
We’ve seen this achieved either because the organisation values education or as a bargaining chip to stay with a company (since it’s often much cheaper than giving you a payrise). If you do allow your employer to sponsor you, be realistic about the commitment you make in return for the funding and, perhaps, the time to do the course. One colleague of ours negotiated a three-year tie in to a one-year tie in from the date of the invoice payment.
It pays to think ahead and decide what’s acceptable to you, and what the benefits will be to your employer before approaching the boss for funding and/or time to study!
- BEng Civil Engineering with Disaster Management – Teeside University
- BSc Disaster Management and Emergency Planning – Coventry University
- BSc Disaster Management – Coventry University
- MSc Emergency Management Planning – University of Leicester
- MSc Disaster Management - Coventry University
- Msc Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management – Leicester University
- MSc Hazards and Disaster Management - Kingston University
- MSc Business Continuity Management – Norwich University
- MA/MSc Civil Protection – Emergency Planning College
- MSc Crisis and Disaster Management – University of Portsmouth
- MSc Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Management – Loughborough University
- MSc Disaster Management for Environmental Hazards – University of Glamorgan
- MSc Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management – Bucks New University
- MSc Resilience – Cranfield University
- MSc Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management – Boston University
- Emergency Management and Business Continuity degree – Edmonds Community College
- Crisis Management and Response (psychology based)– Walden University
- BSc Crisis and Disaster Management – Everglades University
- FEMA education resources page http://courses.glam.ac.uk/courses/800-msc-disaster-management-for-environmental-hazards
- PhD Resilience – Canterbury University
With particular apologies to our friends outside of the UK and USA… the list is by no means exhaustive. We simply found the easiest to find. If we’ve missed your degree off the list, we’d love you to submit it in the comments section below and tell us a little about it!
And let us know what you think about education v experience!
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