Start date
  • Will be announced asap
  • 6-8 weeks
  • € 1.795
  • The Hague Graduate School, location Poseidon
Program type
  • Master Module
Time investment
  • 16-18 hours a week
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Reasons for choosing this master module

The course on crisis communications gives an overview of the communication issues before, during and after a crisis and aims to let participants reflect on the most effective strategies during these various phases. The course starts with an overview of this field and the differences between crises and issues. For the prevention of crisis, issue management is essential and participants will gain practical experience with some tools of issue management. In addition, they will reflect on the concept of transparency and how it could prevent crisis in an early stage. Two sessions of the course will focus on a simulation of a crisis in an international organisation. Participants will role play the events as they unfold in the organisation, and will discuss how to bring the situation to a good end. Afterwards, they reflect on their own strategies and actions. After the simulation, the course continues with the topic of “communication after a crisis”, on how relations with stakeholders can be restored when a scandal, issue or crisis has taken place. The course finishes with the writing of a crisis communications plan.


Students will experience a combination of lectures, discussions and bringing out best practice from each other. We will watch the news closely and look at many videos, TV news stories and newspaper clippings (some from the lecturer, some from the students). Our time together will be interspersed where possible with workshops and group exercises.

The masterclass Managing Crisis Communication covers the following topics:

  • Crisis communication, an introduction
  • Crisis prevention
  • Communication during a crisis
  • Rumours and the media
  • Communication after a crisis
  • Crisis communication planning

Blended Learning

At The Hague Graduate School we focus on offering you quality education with personal attention in a blended setting. Our education is offered in a mix of online and on-campus lectures and gatherings. For more information about blended education at The Hague Graduate School, please check the extra information on this page.

Take a look at the FAQs for all your questions about the coronavirus.

Your Investment

In time:

  • Self-study per week: 10-12 hours
  • Study load per week: 16-18 hours
  • Period of total study: 2 months

In money:

  • Payment in one go: € 1.795
  • Books: € 75
  • Total investment: € 1.870

Nice to know:

  • Dutch students are exempt from VAT (btw).
  • Parts of the programme costs can be deductible. For more information, please check:

Admission requirements

These are the requirements for this programme:

  • Bachelor degree
  • Final transcript
  • English level test score (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)
  • 2 years relevant professional work experience
  • Mandatory intake interview
  • Motivation Statement
  • Recommendation letter
  • Resumé / Curriculum Vitae

English language requirements

As our international programmes are taught entirely in English, candidates must demonstrate a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. You can view the English language requirements in this document.

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Upon completion

Managing Crisis Communication is a short programme taught on a masters level. After the last session you are required to hand in an assignment and upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate. This certificate gives you an exemption from this class should you chose to commence with the Master of International Communication Management.

The masterclass Managing Crisis Communication is part of the Master of International Communication Management. At the end of the class, you can continue with more masterclasses from either the MICM, or our other offered master programmes.


If you have any further questions about admission requirements, enrolment or content of the program, please check the frequently asked questions or contact us: 

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