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Organisational Resilience

Organisations are vulnerable and exposed to threats from malicious or accidental events on a constant basis. In order to be able to manage the impacts of any risks upon an organisation and its assets, there are multiple levels of planning which should be considered. This master's programme will allow you not only to develop an understanding of the requirements for Organisational Resilience, but also to be able to put into place capabilities to effectively manage and respond, and to maintain alignment with wider organisational objectives

Qualification: MSc

Credits: 180

Study mode: Part-time

Location: Missenden Abbey

Duration: Two years

Start date: October and April

Is this course for me?

The MSc Organisational Resilience is designed to meet the requirements of industry and the professionals who are either currently employed in it or who seek to develop advanced capability. There are many currently working in the sector who have long-term experience and are seeking validation and evidence of this through the achievement of postgraduate qualification. 

The programme provides an opportunity for advancement to those already employed in resilience roles, for example as security, crisis or business continuity managers or heads of function, who wish to broaden their industry knowledge base and management and analytical skills with a view to enhancing their career prospects. Secondly, the programme is designed to appeal to people with general management roles and experience who are interested in moving into the resilience sector or who have been made responsible for the implementation and management of resilience within their organisation.

Many of the students on this course already work in roles such as risk management, continuity management, or are in the armed forces. This programme is for students who wish to apply academic rigour to their professional capability and development, and will allow successful graduates to be differentiated from and more competitive than their peers who may not have taken such an approach.

What will this course cover?

Organisational resilience requires, because of the growing inter-relationship and blurred boundaries between the various elements, and the constant development of new risks and the need to mitigate them; the development of organisational and individual capability and knowledge across a range of contributing areas and of the organisational behaviours needed to support them. Therefore, this programme is designed to attract and educate those with a specialist interest in the following areas and sub-disciplines:

  • security
  • business continuity
  • crisis and incident management
  • emergency management
  • disaster response and recovery

All of these components are to some extent complementary and considered to be contributing elements to the understanding and developed capability to devise, plan and manage resilience within organisations. By allowing students to take a holistic approach to the subject matter and to understand the theories that inform it, the course allows them to develop confidence, capability, critical and multi-dimensional thinking at high levels. Current and relevant, the course keeps pace with world developments and the changing dynamics of resilience planning and implementation.

Bucks has strong expertise in this area. Our Organisational Resilience academic team has a wealth of experience across many relevant disciplines with decades of experience in helping management focus and prepare for potential threats.

With their blend of industry knowledge and academic expertise, our tutors give you the practical, managerial and intellectual skills that will help make your organisation highly resilient. Our uniquely holistic approach enables all disciplines to work better together for greater resilience.

Flexible learning

We've designed this course to make our expertise accessible even to those who are unable to attend on-site. Our students are globally dispersed, sometimes with limited access to the internet. We adapt the course to suit each individual, with telephone, video resources or Skype calls to those who can't easily attend in-house sessions.

We provide a high level of support both face-to-face and electronically using our virtual learning environment. Our online learning package helps you make the most of your time, and means you can focus on the issues relevant to your company. It also minimises your time away from your workplace.

Peer group discussion

Those who are able to attend will benefit from a series of two-day workshops, two within each module at Missenden Abbey. You will meet your fellow students for valuable peer group sharing and discussion. Remote access to these workshops is available for students who are living and working overseas.

Throughout the programme, you will apply current theories, concepts and practices to organisational resilience. We focus on learning that is anchored in reality rather than the sterility of pure theory. We explore real problems and identify innovative solutions that can be applied effectively in a competitive and dynamic work environment.

Year One

  • Threat, Risk and Impact Perspectives
  • Security Management
  • Civil Protection, Crisis and Emergency Management
  • Business Continuity Management and Perspectives
  • Research and Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants will normally hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, although we have a flexible approach to our application process. Relevant career experience will be considered in place of qualifications, for example: the armed forces, police, security industry or in risk management, business continuity, crisis and/or emergency management.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our postgraduate funding section.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Part-time Home and EU: £8,750

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

This programme is eligible for funding under the Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Our ELCAS number is 1682.

How do I apply?

Full information on the application process can be found at

What are my career prospects?

This programme equips you with skills that add value to competitive organisations. On successful completion of this award, students from all backgrounds will find their employment prospects enhanced and their understanding of the multiple facets of OR significantly deepened. 

Managers will have gained the requisite knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to perform at higher management levels in their organisations; recent graduates or people employed outside the resilience sector are more likely to be able to obtain employment in relevant industries; and current employees will be better equipped to seek promotion. All graduates will have developed transferable skills that can be used in a wide range of employment roles. 

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

A huge range of businesses need to plan for resilience, so we tailor the programme to suit your particular industry. You can specialise in the areas most relevant to your career.

During the course you'll be able to develop and test theories and plans that will be directly linked to your area of interest or the needs of your organisation. This will create a solid academic basis for further academic research, including a possible PhD.

"An increasingly relevant course in the ever changing global environment that challenges and encourages the growth of an individuals? critical and multidimensional thinking."
"During the first 6 months this MSc has already achieved my course objectives; to broaden and deepen my understanding of risk management beyond my discipline, organisation and sector. I believe my investment in both cost and time have been very good value!."
"The course is dynamic and relevant; Phil, Owen and the team keep well abreast of emerging trends, while still setting the pace in the industry."
"I have found the course both challenging and rewarding, this has developed my previously one dimensional and somewhat myopic view and has allowed for me as a senior manager to focus towards a more blended approach."
"What a fantastic course. Learning about this subject has really broadened my horizon. I now have a much better In-depth understanding of what ?Organisational Resilience? is and it has given me the confidence to positively apply the knowledge I have learnt to benefit my organisation."

"From the perspective of an experienced practitioner in a senior security role, I find the MSc Organisational Resilience programme an excellent opportunity to challenge practices and approaches that are commonly used in the security industry and professional associations and evaluate them using critical thinking and to validate the assumptions, theories and concepts that those practices are relying on. In addition this educational programme is flexible and suitable to allow senior leaders in demanding roles to participate and benefit."

"The administration and support is light years ahead of my last distance learning experience and the course content has so far proven to be interesting, taxing and very developmental for me personally. The faculty are broadly and deeply knowledgeable and experienced in their respective areas. Having researched my choice of MSc in some depth I feel I definitely made the right choice with Bucks and have been recommending the course to everyone I know."

2014 cohort