University of Reading

University of Reading

PGDip Global Crisis, Conflict and Disaster Management

This new and innovative multidisciplinary PGDip Global Crisis, Conflict and Disaster Management programme examines the role of global (national, regional and international) law, policy, and practice across the spectrum of possible conflicts, ‘man-made’ and ‘natural’ disasters.

This globally unique programme in disaster law is accessible to law and non-law graduates, especially professionals engaged in conflict, humanitarian aid and disaster response management.

You will examine law, policy and practice, with multidisciplinary perspectives. and develop key professional and personal skills. Benefit from embedded mentoring, employability and practical training delivered by practitioners.

We were ranked 10th for research intensity in a recent national assessment, with 100% of our research rated as world leading or internationally excellent, which feeds directly into your learning.

A series of non-assessed, employability-orientated practical training events, held inside and outside the classroom, will take place throughout the programme. Such training opportunities are aimed at consolidating and applying substantive knowledge learnt as well as developing transferable professional and personal skills. This will include the opportunity for you to undertake a fantastic and unique practical ‘fragile/hostile environment training’ package delivered by external professional trainers.

There is flexibility for you to transfer between degree entry points (e.g. LLM, PGDip, PGCert); also to take individual modules with Certificates of Credit which are transferable to the a degree programme.

Entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

You are normally required to have an undergraduate upper second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

Course modules

Planned Law modules include:

  • Global architecture of crisis, conflict and disaster management
  • Human rights law, policy and practice
  • Disaster management
  • Hazard, risk, vulnerability and resilience
  • Law of armed conflict

Optional modules include:

  • International refugee law
  • International law and the regulation of armed conflict
  • Climate change disasters
  • Technologies and weaponry
  • Selection of non-law modules (development, economics, politics)

Sponsorship information

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full time October 2019 £ 5,430 per Academic year (Home/EU) Months
PgDip Full time October 2019 £ 11,097 per Academic year (Home/EU) Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

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