• Study mode: Flexible and distributed learning
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Start Date: November 2018 & April 2019

Course Overview

The MSc Organisational Resilience is designed to provide those working in resilience roles, such as risk managers, security, crisis or business continuity managers, an opportunity for advancement to senior positions. The course is also particularly suited to those looking to advance their careers following service in the emergency services or military, given the flexible nature of the programme, combined with the course faculty experience. The University has strong links with industry and is a holder of the Silver Military Covenant Award. Our supportive tutors can provide you with the knowledge to help you to plan for, and respond to, resilience challenges.

The programme is particularly relevant to those who have long-term experience and are seeking validation and evidence of this through the achievement of a postgraduate qualification. It 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 be 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
  • threat risk and impact perspectives.

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.

Course Details

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 High Wycombe Campus. 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.

What are the course 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.

Course Modules

Modules

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

Fees

How much does it cost

Flexible and distributed learning Home and EU: £8,750

Flexible and distributed learning International: £11,500

Please note that these fees are for 2018-19 entry.

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

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Employability

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 Organisational Resilience 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.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.