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Disasters, Adaptation and Development (MA)

  • Main organization:King's College London
  • Type:University programme
  • Level:Masters
  • Degree/Diploma/Certificate:Degree
  • Geographical coverage:Global
  • City:London, United Kingdom
  • Contact:Programme co-ordinator
    Dr Mark Pelling
    King's College London
    Strand, London WC2R 2LS
    England, United Kingdom
    Email: mark.pelling@kcl.ac.uk
    Telephone:+44 2078482462
  • Frequency:Annual
  • Language:English
  • Duration:The Master programme runs for 12 months (full-time) starting in September, with modules taught in the first 8 months and the dissertation completed and submitted in the last 4 months. For more information please contact the programme co-ordinator:

    Dr Mark Pelling
    King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
    England, United Kingdom
    Email: mark.pelling@kcl.ac.uk
    Telephone:+44 2078482462

Programme Website



The programnme takes a social development perspective and includes human vulnerability and response to natural and technological hazards and to hazards associated with climate change. It embeds training in disaster risk reduction with access to a broad range of modules that enable the student to craft a degree that can include several technical specialisms. The course aims to enable students to develop the skills required to engage with both cutting edge academic literatures and policy work so that they can participate in this dynamic and contested arena. These aims are achieved by the unique combination of theoretical and practical modules that draw on the expertise of the staff and internships with participating humanitarian and development organisations.

Subject Areas

Disaster risk reduction, organiszational risk management, poverty alleviation, international development, geography, GIS and remote sensing.

Target Audience

The Disasters, Adaptation and Development programme aims to provide students with an in-depth and critical awareness of the politics and geographies of disaster risk reduction and its contribution to sustainable adaptation and disaster response. On completion of the programme students will have attained a range of knowledge and skills appropriate to careers in research, management and consultancy in organisations engaged in promoting or managing disaster risk reduction.

Admission Requirement

Entry requirements are 2:1 honours from a UK university or international equivalent. For more information please contact: Ms Lindsey McBrayne Admissions Administrator Postgraduate Programme Officer lindsey.mcbrayne@kcl.ac.uk +44 2078482239

Application Procedure

King's College runs a rolling admissions system. King's College aims to process all applications within four weeks. During February and March and over holiday periods applications may take longer to process. For how to apply please see the website.


Many of King's College students have been awarded scholarships. For more information on scholarships please see the website.

Tuition and Cost

For 2007-2008 the tuition fee is £3,240 inside EU, and £13,400 overseas. Fees for all degrees are set annually and are for one academic year. Full-time and part-time courses each have their own fee schedule and are set independently of one another. For more information please see the Kings College's webside on postgraduate tuition fees.

Deadline for application

There is no closing date.

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Last updated

16 May 2008

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