MSc Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis

From football matches to festivals, public safety is a priority at large events. Learn to mitigate risk and manage security, through our distance-learning course.

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Overview

We’ve designed this course for professionals involved in large scale events. So, you might be a venue manager, event manager or attraction manager, or work in operations management, policing, security or health and safety. But it also suits people who want the challenge of moving career into this demanding field.

We’ll help you build an understanding of crowd safety and crowd risks and the legal obligations relevant to this industry.

You’ll discover how crowd accidents occur, explore underlying causes and learn how to implement techniques for crowd safety engineering.

 

Learn from a leading expert

You’ll be taught by Professor Keith Still whodevelops training for first responders, emergency planners, and police forces in India, Dubai, Australia and Europe. 

Over the last two decades, he has consulted on extremely challenging crowd safety projects including President Trump’s Inauguration.

By the time you graduate, you’ll understand how to mitigate risk and protect the public. Your skills will be sought after by employers in the police, civic and public administration, security, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • Unique course – this course is one of the only degrees in the country that specialises in this important and growing area of public safety.
  • Flexible study – distance learning means you can fit your degree around your existing commitments.
  • Leading industry specialist – learn fromProfessor Keith Still, an expert in crowd science with 25 years of experience.
  • Live project – working alongside Professor Still, you’ll put your skills into action with a real client and get a key insight into this demanding field of work.
  • Online virtual learning environment – study with peers around the world. Working in similar roles to you, you’ll share international best practice and perspectives.
  • Transferrable skills – we’ll equip you with a range of skills that are relevant to a number of industries – from security to health and safety.
  • Global opportunities – our graduates work across the globe on major events, including The US Super Bowl, Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in UK and New Year’s Eve events in Dubai.
“Manchester is a great place to study crowd safety because there are so many events to study and analyse. There was also the opportunity to apply my knowledge to real events.” Marcel Altenburg, MSc Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis.

“Our lecturers are world-renowned experts in crowd safety. Professor Keith Still has consulted on some of the largest, and most challenging projects in the world, such as the London and Beijing Olympics and the Royal Wedding.”

Julie Hardman, Head of Department.

Career Prospects

This course helps you make the move into crowd safety – whether you have some events experience already or work in an entirely different sector.

With the increase in the health and wellbeing agenda, demand for experts in this area is growing, particularly in occupational safety and health.

Understanding how to manage spaces and event sites, you’ll know how to effectively reduce risk. You’ll be prepared to protect the public at concerts, airports, sports events and more.

You’ll come away equipped to become a consultant in this focused area of events management and join a range of international organisations as a crowd safety specialist. Our graduates work across the globe as crowd safety specialists.

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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

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).

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.

Year 2

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 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. 

Year 3

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 masters degree. 

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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). 

Read more about this year of study

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. 

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Dissertation

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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Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

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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Fees

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

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

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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