Manchester Metropolitan University

Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis

This course is for professionals who are involved in managing large numbers such as venue managers, event organisers or attraction managers. It is also for anyone wishing to enter this demanding area of work. This course will take you from a basic understanding of crowd safety and risk analysis in places of public assembly and work through the principles of major accident and incident causes. You will gain an in-depth understanding of crowd safety and crowd risks in the built and complex environment, establish how crowd accidents and incidents can occur, explore the underlying causes of crowd related accidents and incidences, and learn how to implement techniques for crowd safety engineering. You will also be made aware of essential legal obligations relevant to this industry. During the MSc Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis, you will learn from one of the world's leading experts in crowd safety Prof. Dr. Keith Still. His body of work includes the US Presidential Inauguration, the Royal Wedding, Mecca and London's New Year celebrations. The course will allow you to work with your site, events, venues and case studies. Prof. Still will demonstrate the principles and applications of crowd safety and risk analysis for your event, for example, how and when your crowd reaches critical mass, how the effects of design, information and management systems can influence your crowd's behaviour. Students on this course, also have the opportunity to work alongside Keith on live projects, providing a unique opportunity for anyone wishing to specialise in this demanding field of work. Note: Although this is a distance learning course, each year of the programme students are required to attend an induction session held at Manchester Metropolitan University (all costs for this are NOT included in the course costs).

Entry requirements

Any UK Honours undergraduate degree with 2.2 or higher (or international equivalent). Entry may also be considered on the ability to demonstrate extensive industry experience with managing crowds, managerial experience linked to crowds or employment within a position of considerable responsibility.

Assessment methods

Assignments include review articles, case studies and an independent dissertation. You will be able to use your own events experience in assignments to demonstrate self-directed application of learning.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2018 - 3 Years

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