This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

The aim of this module is to examine the concepts of risk, crisis and resilience.  This module will make students assess the meaning of resilience through examining the concepts of risk and crisis. Risk and crisis management practices will be explored and debated in the context of their application as contemporary decision-making framework specifically in the field of security.


At a glance

  • Dates
    • 18 - 22 Nov 2024
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £2,100 - Standalone Short Course fee  Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

• Introduce systems theory and its relevance to risk, crises and resilience,
• Review the multifaceted  meaning of the resilience concept and describe its key components and discuss its origins and evolution,
• Discuss  key elements of risk theories,
• Appraise the significance of crises in the context of how they affect people and communities,
• Identify the organisational structures and individual skills and knowledge necessary to manage crises effectively,
• Describe, distinguish risk and crisis management tools, processes, and frameworks, and critically evaluate them,
• Examine risk and crisis communication, politics of decision-making, human factors in decision-making, paradoxes with perception and uncertainty,
• Analyse the contemporary applicability of risk in a resilience strategy,
• Critically evaluate the implementation approaches and consider the politics of resilience.

Core content

• Risk as concept and risk theory,
• Risk management tools  and risk management methodology,
• RM cycle and assessment,
• Risk as contemporary decision-making paradigm and challenges to the risk management paradigm,
• Complex adaptive systems and resilience thinking,
• Components of the implementation approaches to resilience strategies,
• Crisis management evolution of the discipline and debates,
• Business continuity planning,
• Case-studies and activities.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this course 10 credits can be put towards the Counterterrorism MSc or Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience MSc

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.



There are limited places on these modules. You may not receive an offer until places have been confirmed, usually 1 to 2 weeks before the start date.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

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Campus address

College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.