Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Part-time, distance learning course, Involving one induction period at the beginning of each year of study.
  • You will be provided with all study materials via online resources.
  • This course is transferable to a number of industries and suitable for applicants wishing to engage in professional development.

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.

Keith Still Staff Profile

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

About the course

Units taught:

Year 1

  • Crowd Science and Event Modelling
  • Crowd Science

Year 2

  • Major Incidents and Accident Investigation 
  • Real-Time Decision Support Tools 

Year 3

  • Dissertation 

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core Units
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). 

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.

Year 2

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. 

Year 3

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.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

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.

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical 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.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

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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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

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.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

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