MSc Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management

The organizations providing the first phase of disaster response need the capacity and capabilities to deliver goods and services quickly to those impacted by an event. This is often under difficult circumstances in foreign locations and across cultures. The organisations involved in delivering the aid also need to be responsive in order to quickly provide resources required for the basic necessities of survival in the critical period immediately after an event in order to reduce further loss of life. This programme is a multi-disciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working in or intending to work in the area of humanitarian relief to deal with the matters outlined. The programme will provide humanitarian professionals with the competences to work effectively and efficiently in challenging environments.

The programme aims to contribute to the development needs of future managers and employees in public, private sector organizations and nongovernmental organisations. Providing graduates with disciplinary expertise with an additional set of management and business tools will significantly enhance their employment potential.

The programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Irish Aid) and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for practitioners in the management of humanitarian disasters and major emergencies.  It is aimed at practitioners in public, private and voluntary sectors who are engaged in Humanitarian Logistics & Emergency Management.

This is a 3U MSc delivered jointly by the School of Business in NUI Maynooth and the DCU Business School.

Some TED talks that might interest potential students in studying this programme:

For more information contact: Dr Graham Heaslip

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About Graham Heaslip

Graham is Deputy Head of the School of Business at NUI Maynooth and programme director for the MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management NUI Maynooth. He also supervises on the MA (Leadership, Management and Defence Studies) run in conjunction with the Military College of the Irish Defence Forces’. He is Ireland’s foremost expert on Humanitarian Logistics. Graham obtained his B.E. and M.Eng.Sc degrees in Industrial Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway. Graham completed his PhD studies in the area of Civil Military Cooperation / Coordination at the Logistics Institute, University of Hull, for which he was awarded the James Cooper Memorial Cup for best PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Prior to entering academia Graham spent fourteen years working in the Irish Defence Forces both at home and abroad in a variety of logistical appointments, as well as spending time seconded to Humanitarian agencies in a logistical capacity. Graham’s research interests are broadly in the intersections between global logistics/supply chain management, humanitarian logistics and organisational management development. Graham is widely published in various management and logistics journals and international conferences over the past years. His consultancy interests span mainstream commercial, defence and other public service contexts examining supply chain management, operations management and quality management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness or innovative practices.