This course aims to give you the knowledge required to pursue a career in emergency planning and management. You will examine theory and practice in a range of countries, benchmarking approaches in the UK with, for example, those in mainland Europe, Asia and North America. Successful students will develop the skills needed to manage the response to civil emergencies, technological incidents (e.g. Deepwater Horizonblowout and oil spill), major transport accidents (such as MV Sewol) and natural disasters (e.g. Tohoku earthquake and Ebola outbreak). The (optional) Professional Training Year enables you to build relevant experience in the industry. As a consequence a successful graduate should be well placed to pursue a career in emergency response, civil contingency, business continuity and/or industrial incident management. If you choose this course you may benefit from: Employment prospects in public, charitable and private organisations involved in emergency planning and management; Experienced teaching staff who bring professional and research expertise into their teaching; The opportunity to apply to undertake a year of professional training with a relevant organisation. Recent placements have included working for regional fire and police teams, utility companies, airport operators, local authorities, Transport for London and oil spill response companies; Residential courses at a specialist training centre for the UK emergency services; Site visits and the opportunity to attend an overseas field course led by international experts; Access to a state-of-the-art Crises Simulation Lab to participate in ‘live’ training exercises; A wealth of experience. Coventry was the first UK University to offer courses in disaster management; Coventry pioneered the professional training year for disaster managers; and Coventry graduates form one of the largest bodies of disaster management alumni in the world.