MSc Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis

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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).

Features and Benefits

Our Staff: Keith Still

Keith is the Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) running an MSc programme in Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis.

He develops and teaches a wide range of crowd safety and crowd risk analysis short courses for event organisers, police, first responders, emergency planners, city authorities, building control and licensing officers. His courses have run at the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, Universities and client sites around the world for over 25 years. Over the last two decades, Keith has consulted on some of the world's largest, and most challenging crowd safety projects in the world.

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What our students say

“I do not believe the value of the opportunity to work on live projects for real clients can be overstated. This ‘enterprise’ element of the course should be a key driver for recruitment going forward. The reality is that some students will be drawn to the course for that sole reason – the opportunity to work on real projects on an international basis with colleagues on the course.” - Year 1 Student

“The industry needs people already working in it full-time and running events to go on the MSc. It needs to help raise the qualification level of those already IN the industry more so, in my opinion, than aim to equip those heading into it. I think both can be done and over time the balance will naturally shift.” - Year 2 Student

Career Prospects

Graduates will be qualified to enter a range of international organisations as crowd safety specialists and will be equipped to become consultants in this focused area of international events management.
This Master’s also enables you to move into the events sector from other career backgrounds.

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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.

Course details

Units taught:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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Core Units

Crowd Science

Crowd Science outlines the uses and applications of the crowd and event modelling approach to risk analysis. In this unit we demonstrate the applications of the DIM-ICE meta model, RAMP Analysis, Risk and Congestion Mapping, and Decision support matrix/analysis methods. By the end of this unit, you will be modelling crowd risks for events.

Crowd and Event Modelling

Crowd and Event Modelling uses crowd science and introduces the student to the use and application of crowd simulations for more complex environments (such as religious festivals, mass gatherings in city streets, transport systems and sporting events). 

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Core Units

Major Incidents and Accident Investigations

Major Incident and Accident Investigation reviews previous accidents and incidents involving crowds. You will be introduced to the liability and legal aspects of a major incident and the disaster database where common causes are reviewed. You will also be introduced to the role and responsibility of an expert witness involved in crowd related injuries.

Real-Time Decision Support Tools

Real-time Decision Support reviews the requirements for a control room to evaluate crowds risks in real-time. You will create and use two key systems; the first for real-time fill prediction and the second for real-time evacuation crowd management. 

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Core Units


The Dissertation is an individual choice (with Tutor's guidance) of a crowd risk and safety research project to produce a report and analysis utilising the core units in the MSc.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


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The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

70 (Specialist book)

Students should have to have access to a computer and the internet throughout the course as this is an online course. All software needed to be used is either freely available on the internet or free to students on this course once enrolled. There are no other costs in first year.

There is one book which students need to buy in year one. Most other reading materials are freely accessible on the course via links provided by tutors or via the MMU library links, although students may wish to purchase additional reading materials based upon their own preference and requirement.

Placement Costs

35-55 per night is the approximate average accommodation cost based on a 2 star basis.

Students embarking on this course attend an intensive study period each year (5 days in year 1, 2-3 days in years 2 and 3). Whilst there is no additional fee for this week, students will have to provide transport, accommodation and sustenance for themselves during that time. This will be the student's responsibility to arrange and pay for and is not covered in the fee payable to the university. The costs here do not include transportation costs, as this is subjective for each student. However, Manchester is an excellent transportation hub for many different types of transportation from local, national and international locations

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