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Organisational Resilience

This programme will equip you with the skills to help your organisation function effectively in the event of business threatening events.

Qualification: MSc

Credits: 180

Study mode: Part-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Two years

Start date: October

Is this course for me?

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In today’s multi-risk world, and looking into the future, organisations must be prepared to anticipate, respond to and recover from unexpected and undesirable events.

Risks and threats have multiple sources and impacts and failure to manage them to satisfactory conclusions can undermine operational and financial stability.

Businesses and organisations need to be able to manage their own interests and protect their products and services, alongside those of their stakeholders, and to manage their futures effectively.

If you have, or could have, a key role to play in the resilience of a business or other organisation, this course is for you.

International students
Students who require a visa to study in or travel to the UK may not be eligible to undertake the workshop / UK based elements of this course. These elements are not mandatory and you will be supported online by our Virtual Learning Environment to ensure you do not miss the content of the modules or workshops.

If you are a UK visa holder or require a visa please contact us for further information as depending on your visa requirements, some restrictions may apply.

What will this course cover?

With a clear focus on developing your confidence and capabilities in organisational resilience, this programme will equip you with the necessary skills and information to give your organisation the ability to continue to function effectively in the event of business threatening events.

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, exploring real problems and identifying innovative solutions which can be applied effectively in the competitive and dynamic organisational environment.

Recognising the range of businesses that need to plan for resilience, you can tailor the programme to suit your needs and specialise in areas of particular relevance to your career. Therefore, on graduation, you will have developed a focused capability on the aspect of organisational resilience that affects you, with a broader mastery of related and linked disciplines and issues.

You will be able to develop and test theories and plans which will be directly linked to your area of interest or organisational needs providing relevance, and a solid academic basis for further development, research or career progression.

Our supportive course team is drawn from practising experts from resilience disciplines, as well as from the University’s own academic staff. Due to their industry knowledge and academic expertise, our tutors can provide you with the practical, managerial and intellectual skills and knowledge which will set your organisation and your people apart when planning for and responding to resilience challenges.

We pride ourselves on the support we give to you face-to-face and electronically using our virtual learning environment. Utilising our online learning package helps maximise the time spent on relating the issues in the programme to your company and minimises your time away from your workplace.

This course has been designed to make high quality education as accessible as possible for those who are unable to attend programmes on-site, but with the requirement to adhere to the highest of academic standards.

You will also benefit from a series of workshops, one within each module.

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 and so relevant and appropriate work and career experience, for example in the armed forces, police, security industry or in business continuity and/or emergency management will be considered in lieu of qualifications.

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

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2015 to August 2016 entry
Home and EU students: £8,550 per year.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Home and EU students: £8,750 per year.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

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.

Funding: 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?

To apply for this course, please use our application form.

Once you have completed the application form, please return it to us by email:

or post it to:

Admissions and Recruitment
Buckinghamshire New University
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2JZ

For more information for home and EU students, see our postgraduate applications section.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

This programme is designed to strengthen your understanding of the multiple facets of organisational resilience and equip you with the necessary skills that competitive organisations seek.

On successful completion of this programme, managers will have gained the requisite knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to perform at higher management levels in their organisations whilst recent graduates or people employed outside the resilience sector are more likely to be able to obtain employment in the industry.

"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