MSc Crowded Space Design Management & Risk Analysis

Postgraduate, Full-time

Crowded Space Design Management & Risk Analysis MSc

This unique course, led by industry experts, focuses on scientific elements related to crowd dynamics and new practices in managing crowds.


Where better to study best practice in managing crowded spaces, whether for events, festivals, transportation hubs or other public spaces, than Edinburgh - the world's largest festival city? 

This one year work-based programme has been created by many of the key experts in this area. In fact, the course team has worked with Festivals and Events in more than 35 countries. It draws expertise from a wide range of international team members. The Programme's focus is on the integration of the physical and psychosocial processes involved in safely managing crowded spaces. It provides students with a unique opportunity to create and test new theory and then practice this in the workplace. It delivers a comprehensive understanding of how densely populated areas are managed, secured and above all made safe for the tourism, hospitality, business, conference, music, events, sports and technology industries.

The blended learning and block delivery method ensures the programme fits in with the efficiency needs of employees and employers; as students can study while either working in the industry, or can continue to work in their current day job if they are considering a switch into this expanding sector.

Mode of Study:



1 years

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Course details

For reasons of both safety and security, the design and management of crowded spaces has become one of the most important aspects of creating and sustaining a resilient programme of events. For the past five years, Edinburgh Napier University has worked with Professor Chris Kemp and MOM Consultancy to develop the delivery of innovative education in this crucial subject area. Edinburgh Napier University, through key partners such as EventScotland, have developed a series of Professorial lectures, courses, workshops and strategic initiatives with the aim of developing crowd management and security professional development activities. Professor Chris Kemp has experience of delivering courses to football match commanders and also training the Police Scotland Bronze and Silver Commanders for events such as the Commonwealth Games. Alongside this has been the successful delivery of Executive Certificate courses in Crowd Management in the Gulf and also with the Scottish Police College (SPC), cementing professional relationships between the university and a range of key stakeholders and festival and event providers in the crowded space area.

This programme aims to develop your further interest in, and knowledge and understanding of, crowded space environments. Their design, creation, development, management and the inherent challenges associated with them will be studied.

The modules you are going to study include:

  • Spatial Planning, Topography, Urban and Non-urban Design
  • Psychosocial Engineering for Crowded Space
  • Organisational Culture and the Management of Crowded Space
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Spatial problems in Crowded Environments
  • The Changing Crowded Space
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Lead academics

The programme has been developed with Professor Chris Kemp of MOM Consultancy. Its management at the University will be provided by Professor Jane Ali Knight, with the Programme/module leadership by Jane and Associate Professor Martin Robertson, both of whom have worked with Professor Chris Kemp for many years and have a mutual interest in and experience of the subject area. The team have a strong and professional working relationship providing confidence in the academic and industrial interface. 

Module lecturers include Professor Chris Kemp, the CEO of MOM known for his work in both education and industry in this area for the past four decades; Dr Pascal Viot, an expert in urban and non-urban spatial design for crowded spaces; Dr Mark Hamilton, a Former CEO of Rock Steady and G4S and now a Board Member of the Securigroup; and Chief Inspector Pete Dalton, the lead on security for the Trump Visit and the Royal Wedding in Windsor and one of the top counter terrorism police officers in the UK; and Andrew Brown, a top Leadership and Organisational Culture specialist known for his kidnap negotiation skills across the world.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    The Blended Learning and Block Delivery method ensures programme fits in with the efficiency needs of employees and employers, as students can study while either working in the industry, or can continue to work in their current day job if they are considering a switch into this expanding sector.

    You will study six Blended Learning modules, which will take up to a year to complete and will be structured to support the student through their journey. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures, site visits, interactive workshops and independent study. Students will complete three modules in Trimester one, four modules in Trimester two and complete the programme by undertaking a dissertation in Trimester three.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Throughout the course, there will be a variety of assessments for each module.

  • briefcase Work placement Optional supervised work placement or overseas study module. Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study. Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Home/EU £7,280 £7,572
Overseas £13,520 £14,062
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


Crowd assembled for the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle

The course is targeted at managers and aspiring managers of festivals and events in the tourism, hospitality, business, conference, music, events, sports and technology industries. It is also aimed at anyone who is involved in the design and management of crowded spaces eg: shopping centres, public spaces and parks, transport hubs such as railway stations, and other areas where crowd are likely to gather.

Crowd in a festival