MSc in Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis


Click here for information on our eLearning version of “Introduction to Crowd Science


Anticipate - Prepare - Prevent

We have students from around the world on the MSc course including Australia, Israel, Canada, USA, Ireland, Holland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, England and Wales.

This course is for those who need to understand crowd science and are involved in planning for, licensing/permitting and/or managing crowd safety in places of public assembly. Anyone who runs venues, organise events or manage places which attract crowds need to be aware of legal obligations for example manslaughter, health and safety and the application of crowd safety and risk analysis.

Typical entry requirements

Any UG degree with  2:2 or higher or can demonstrate extensive industry experience with managing crowds, or managerial experience linked to crowds or to at least be employed at position with responsibility to manage crowd as all study will have to be applied and linked to crowd safety. 


Successful completion of the Introduction to Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis course with relevant industry experience can be used as a prequailifcation to demonstrate the entry requirements.

The MSc is a 3 years distance programme.

Usual applicants are events managers, police, security, licencing officers and safety consultants. However, for those wanting to undertake this study direct from completing an undergraduate degree, all scenarios and case studies will be provided for them.

'Introduction to Crowd Science' written by Professor Keith Still is the recommended reading for the course. Professor Keith Still is the lead tutor for this course. 

3 years distance study - All study materials, support, exercises, and interactive sessions will then be available on line using the University Moodle area.

Assessments - Students are allowed to use their own site/event experience in assignments to show how they can apply what they have learned. Student quote (major event organiser in Europe).

During the MSc you will have the oportunity to work on internaitonal crowd safety consulting projects. Here are some of the comments from our international students.

“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.”

“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.”

We had a Summernight Concert last Thuersday and had the first perfect weather day for years - we had an inflow of 90,000 people before we closed down all the entrances supported by P.A. announcements, traffic systems and media.

For the first time I had no worries about the concert, because almost all of my wishes were met by the organiser and I knew that we were well prepared. With RAMP/DIM-ICE I could show all possible problem points to the organiser and I also made a RAMP presentation for my supervising team.



Year 1 - Two Units (PGCert - Post Graduate Certificate)

30 Credits - Crowd Science (30 credits)

If you have attended the three day short course “Introduction to Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis”, then you will have a good outline of this module. We cover the DIM-ICE risk model, it’s development and application, the RAMP analysis techniques (and applications). Other topics include queueing analysis, risk assessment, Risk and congestion mapping and the decision support analysis techniques. Skills training includes report writing, client management, project analysis and client presentations. A short talk on the core topics for this Unit can be viewed on this link.

30 Credits - Crowd and Event Modelling (30 credits)

In this Unit we cover a wide range of events and how to apply models and simulations for event planning, licensing and operations


Year 2  Two Units (PGDip - Post Graudate Diploma)

30 Credits - Major Incidents and Accident Investigation (30 credits)

In this Unit we explore the concepts of catastrophe theory, how it applies to major crowd related accidents and incidents. We also review the history of accidents and incidents and their underlying causes.

30 Credits - Real-Time Decision Support Tools (30 credits)

In this Unit we explore control room decision and develop three site/event models. Real-time fill (flow and density) information and real-time decision support for emergency evacuation of complex sites. 


Year 3 - Dissertation 60 credits (MSc - Master of Science) 

The students are guided through their research topic for their MSC dissertation topic.

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