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Masters in Disaster Management


Disasters have always occurred throughout the history of mankind but the frequency of their occurrence during the last two decades has forced the world to reduce risks by planning effective disaster mitigation and management. Pakistan has experienced major disasters with intense frequency during the last decade, and started developing its national disaster management policy after the Kashmir Earthquake of 2005. The establishment of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and its subsidiary organizations at the provincial and district level have brought the paradigm shift from a relief-oriented approach to prevention, mitigation, and preparedness, commonly known as disaster risk management (DRM). This approach is being further refined by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR).

Although Pakistan has started institutionalized training and education at the national level by establishing disaster management centres, no MS program in disaster management could be launched by any of the institutions in the country. In August 2012, the National University of Sciences and Tech (NUST), a leading university in Pakistan, once again took initiative and launched vertically-tiered post-graduate programs in disaster management, including a Masters degree, at the Military College of Engineering (a constituent college of NUST, located in Risalpur). NUST also signed a MoU with the Asian Institute of Technology, in Thailand, for a collaboration in disaster management, which will help in making the program more useful and acceptable at the international level.

Up until now, five batches have graduated, comprising over 70 students with a variety of backgrounds ranging from engineering to business administration and basic/social sciences. This diversity illustrates the popularity and success of the newly launched programs. The sixth batch is in progress, and admissions for the seventh batch have started.

Educational objectives:

  • To develop the understanding of disasters, disaster management and mitigation.
  • To familiarize graduates with national, regional and international DRM policies, protocols, and strategies.
  • To develop the capability to analyze, plan, manage, and implement effective responses for natural and anthropogenic (man-made) disasters.
  • To prepare graduates to conduct risk and vulnerability assessments within the national-, provincial- and local-level framework.
  • To develop a sense of learning from previous disasters and to incorporate the lessons learnt in DRM plans.
  • To conduct research in disaster and emergency management to develop advanced techniques and management approaches.

Target audience

The course is designed to prepare potential industry leaders, capable of implementing the best and most sustainable solutions for DRM and DRR for society and organizations.

Admission Requirement

In addition to the eligibility criteria as prescribed by NUST for its other MS programs, a candidate must possess a degree in arts, science or engineering, recognized by PEC, HEC or PCATP.



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The MS degree is 1.5 years, involving the completion of 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of research work (8 courses of 3 credit hours each). The maximum time for completion of the MS program is five years.

Application procedure

The program will be offered every year in August, while the admission process will commence in April. Please apply online.


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Tuition & cost

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Deadline for application

30 Apr 2019


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Last updated

03 Apr 2019

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Pakistan (Risalpur)
  • Language English

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