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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From football matches to music festivals, with the biggest crowds come a range of risks. This masters course is all about mitigating those risks and managing security – teaching you the science behind protecting the public.

Designed for professionals, it’s a perfect fit if you’re already working in the field and you’re looking to progress to the top, or if you work in another area but your ambitions lie in a specialist crowd management role.

You’ll get to grips with the way crowds work, explore the anatomy of major incidents and learn the techniques to help you control crowds safely, with real-time decision support tools. From there, you’ll be ready to tackle your masters-level dissertation – choosing the topic, carrying out research and producing a detailed report.

Learn from a leading expert

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

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

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 qualifications in the country that specialises in this important and growing area of public safety.
  • Flexible study – distance learning means you can fit your studies around your existing commitments.
  • Triple crown - Study with a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Leading industry specialist – learn from Professor Keith Still, an expert in crowd science with 30+ 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.
  • Transferable 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 the UK and New Year’s Eve events in Dubai.
This course has allowed me to apply the learning materials to a series of live and commissioned projects, both in the UK and internationally. The opportunities available have allowed me to take part in real-time live projects along with involvement in a major street festival in the UK. Jade Patel, MSc Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“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

As the health, safety and wellbeing agenda becomes more prominent, the demand for qualified professionals in this specialist area is growing rapidly. Once you’ve completed our course, it’s a demand you’ll be ready to meet.

With an expert understanding of how to manage spaces and event sites, together with a formal qualification, you’ll be equipped to effectively manage crowds and identify risks at concerts, airports, sports events and more. As such, you should be ready to take on a range of opportunities as a crowd safety specialist – working with events management consultancies, security organisations, large venues or a range of other international organisations.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent. We will also consider your application if you have extensive professional experience in managing crowds, or in a management role with considerable relevant responsibility.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


“We have taught elements of the MSc around the world for over 20 years. From our teaching programmes, we
were engaged on some of the worlds most challenging and complex crowd dynamics projects, including
Royal Wedding, Annual Pilgrimage to Makkah, Chicago Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Olympic events and projects
with the United Nations.

The MSc not only provides the theory, but also our experience in the practical application of crowd safety and risk analysis.”

Professor Keith Still

Course details

Every day, there’s a festival, match or parade somewhere in the world. And wherever the crowds gather, the risks grow. With the skills to tackle those risks, this masters doesn’t just offer professional opportunity – it provides expertise that can save lives.

It’s one of the few courses of its kind, created to meet the global demand for qualified consultants. Designed by one of the leaders of the field, it’s not only shaped by the latest thinking, but offers the chance to work on live projects for real clients. The result - a formal qualification that can open doors, together with the expertise to protect the public.

In your first year, you’ll get to grips with crowd science, with two units exploring how to model, map and predict crowd behaviour. For your second year, you’ll cover a unit looking at major incidents and the investigations that follow, together with a unit that equips you with real-time decision support tools. Finally, in your third year, you’ll work on a dissertation project, producing a detailed analytical report.

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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:


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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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: £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).

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).

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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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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Application deadline: 31st August 2020

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