The Civil Safety and Security Unit (CSSU)

The CSSU has a well-established international reputation for its work. The Unit offers distance learning MSc courses in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, short courses in Disaster Risk Reduction, provides PhD supervision and offers consultancy services to government and industry.

Staff research interests include contingency planning, disaster risk reduction, international security, public unrest, policing, local and central government policies, aviation safety and security, and business continuity management.

The Unit adopts a flexible approach to part-time distance learning with excellent support for students.

Our Credentials and Rankings

  • We are ranked top after Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the 2011 National Student Survey amongst 120 mainstream public universities in the UK. Our levels of student satisfaction have been consistently in the top 10 since the annual survey commenced in 2005.
  • The Guardian University Guide 2014 has placed Leicester in 13th position out of 119 institutions.
  • We are the only university to win seven consecutive Times Higher Awards . The Times Higher Education applauded Leicester’s very different approach, describing us as “elite without being elitist”.
  • We were named Times Higher Education University of the Year for 2008/9.

What our graduates say

“On my first visit to Leicester I can recall my initial feelings of excitement tinged with trepidation: a reborn schoolboy 25 years on! My fears were quickly overcome. Over the ensuing months my confidence increased, and aided by a fantastically supportive Civil Safety and Security Unit, who helped me overcome a couple of hiccups, a Master of Science degree was in the bag. In 2008 I duly graduated.

Although I am much more a practitioner than an academic, having been bitten by the ‘learning bug’, and armed with my brand new MSc, I enrolled on the Queens University, Belfast, Doctorate in Governance (DGov) law degree programme. Everything I learned at Leicester I used on this course. The robust platform, rigorous academic standards and support structure, together with the acquired discipline and skill of academic writing, have meant that five years on I am Dr Kevin Street, enjoying my work ... making a difference ... and fulfilling a schoolboy dream!”

Dr Kevin Street
May 2014


"The MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management gave me the confidence to present my experience and knowledge to a broader audience in the private sector and was the single most significant factor behind my decision to start a business."

Kevin O’Leary, Director, Risk Angels, United Kingdom (Law Society Excellence Award for Learning and Development 2011)

"I have benefitted greatly from this course. I believe it is directly responsible for me being appointed as the Principal Risk Consultant to a National Infrastructure Authority."

G. Irvine, Graduate, June 2010

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Commonwealth Scholarships

The University of Leicester has been awarded five new scholarships to allow students to study the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, wherever they are in the world. 

One of our students in Salta, Argentina

One of our students in Salta, Argentina