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Master of disaster management

Main organization(s): University of Copenhagen


Master of disaster management


The Master of Disaster Management programme is aimed at providing the appropriate skills for disaster management at a national and international level in areas of natural and man made disaster, climate change, and terrorism.

Mandatory courses

Introduction to disaster management theories and risk reduction, 3 September - 26 October 2012 (+ one week introduction in Revinge, Sweden)

Disaster Management and Coordination, 4 February - 1 March 2013

Intensive courses

Risk assessment methods, 11 March - 12 April 2013 (includes an optional 3 week field trip to Bangladesh)

Water supply and sanitation in emergencies, 22 April - 22 May 2013

Health in emergencies and refugee health, 22 April - 21 June 2013

Optional advanced course

Geo Information in Disaster Situations, 4 - 22 March 2013

Subject areas

The core module of the Master of Disaster Management is designed around the three main processes of Disaster Management and will introduce the student to all disciplines involved in Disaster Management. Before the first core course there will be a mandatory intro-week.

1. Introduction and Research Methodologies
Introduction, team building and personal safety, qualitative and quantitative research methods, disaster management theories and principle.

2. Disaster Risk Reduction
Risk analysis and evaluation (including hazard analysis and vulnerability analysis), risk reduction (prevention and mitigation) and preparedness.

3. Disaster Response
Basic relief needs. Food, Water, Sanitation, Health, Hygiene and Shelter. Issues of coordination. Field assessment and evaluation.

4. Disaster Recovery
Reconstruction and sustainable development.

Target audience

The aim of the Master of Disaster Management is to provide national and international aid workers, government officials and other professionals interested in any or all parts of Disaster Management with a solid and holistic interdisciplinary background so that they can respect and understand the complex context of acting and working before, during and after a disaster.

The Master of Disaster Management is relevant for all professions (doctors, engineers, military officers, social scientists, nurses, logisticians, risk managers, decision makers etc) working with Disaster Management. This means a broad array of people working in national authorities, international organisations (UN, Red Cross/Crescent Movement, EU etc), public services (health, energy, water) and relief/aid organisations.

Admission Requirement

To apply to the Master of Disaster Management, students must meet the following admission criteria:

- A Bachelors degree in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, medicine, social sciences, science, journalism, etc.) or an equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution
An applicant must submit certified copies of the degree certificates/diplomas and transcript of records. If the document is not in English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
A certified copy is a copy of the academic document with an original stamp from the higher education institution or any other recognized legal/public body. Only copies of academic documents bearing original stamps are accepted.

- At least two years of relevant work experience
This may be a paid or unpaid employment (regular employment, internship, volunteer work, practicum, job placement, etc) relevant to Disaster Management.

- Proof of English proficiency
Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit results of either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS/Academic) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 6; the minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 on the paper test, 213 on the computerized test, or 79-80 on the internet-based test.

- Basic IT/computer Skills
The applicant must be able to use word processor, e-mail, use programmes such as PowerPoint, Excel, etc., save files in various formats (pdf, rtf, doc, etc.); download files, explore the internet, multi-task on the computer, and do research online.

- A draft thesis proposal

Applicants with other backgrounds may be considered on an individual basis.



Geographical coverage



The programme starts in September and ends in August the following year. The courses from September through February are mandatory. The two elective courses will typically be followed between March and June.

Application procedure

Please apply online at:


We do not offer any scholarships, nor can we assist in finding funding, but on our page about scholarships we have collected some information that might be useful.

Tuition & cost

DKK 112,500-150,000

Deadline for application

The application deadline is always 1 April for study that will start in September. For example, the deadline is 1 April 2013 for study that will start in September 2013.


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Last updated

17 Apr 2013

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Denmark (Copenhagen)

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