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Master of Disaster Risk Management


Master of Disaster Risk Management (MDRM)


This master program initiated by Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Kuala Lumpur is the first Master’s degree in Disaster Risk Management in Malaysia that is taught by both Japanese and Malaysian DRM experts. It aims to develop highly-skilled human resources who can be leaders in the field of disaster risk management. This program is designed mainly for entry to mid-career professionals for them to expand and upgrade their knowledge and skills in disaster risk management. This is a one-year full time program covering fundamental principle, technical skills and scientific knowledge related to disaster risk management.

Course Outline

This course consists of the following CORE COURSES

  1. Research Methodology
  2. Integrated Disaster Management
  3. Disaster Data Management And Forecasting
  4. Control Measures And Mitigation Planning
  5. Emergency Response Planning And Communication
  6. Recovery And Reconstruction Management

And the following ELECTIVE COURSES

  1. Control Measures for Land Slides and Debris Flow
  2. Flood Forecasting and Hazard Mapping
  3. River Channel and Irrigation Design
  4. Geo Information in Disaster Risk Assessment
  5. Flood Hydraulics and Mechanics of Sediment Transportation
  6. Disaster Education and Preparedness
  7. Community and Social Resilience
  8. Healthcare in Emergencies and Rehabilitation

The programme also includes a two-week attachment in Japan in which students are able to acquire hands-on experience in Disaster Risk Management issues through field work in Japan.

Special features of the programme

The programme is supported by the Japanese University Consortium (JUC), consisting of members including Tsukuba University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Yamaguchi University, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Kanazawa University, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). There are also opportunities to collaborate with university and research institutions across other ASEAN countries through the ASEAN University Network (AUN) administered under the JICA project, AUN/SEED-Net (

Japan Attachment Programme

Full time MDRM students will have an opportunity to participate in a two-week attachment in Japan which students will be able to acquire hands-on experience in Disaster Risk Management issues through field work in Japan.

The objectives of this module are:

  • To understand policies and measures of comprehensive disaster risk management (DRM) in Japan
  • To understand integrated flood management in Japan through lectures and field visits
  • To be able to discuss on future possibilities of joint research by understanding examples of DRM research in Japan
  • To understand DRM practices in Japan and consider application in Malaysia where possible

Subject areas

Disaster Management, Quantitative Data Analysis, Disaster Education, Disaster Psychology, Public Health Policy.

Target audience

This program is designed mainly for mid-career professionals for them to expand and upgrade their knowledge and skills in disaster risk management.

Admission Requirement

General Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree in science, technology or engineering or related fields with a CGPA of 3.0 from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or any other recognized institutions of higher learning.

For degrees other than those mentioned above or CGPA of less than 3.0, the minimum working experience of two years in the related field is required.

Language Requirement

Regarding English requirement for international candidates, please visit the relevant page here.

Health Requirement

International student must be certified by a medical doctor to be in good health for the issuance of a student pass and/or student registration.

Student Visa Requirement

International students are required to have a student pass to study in Malaysia. UTM will assist international students in obtaining a visa and student pass. Visa and student pass requirements are subjects to change from time to time and varies between among countries. For the most up-to-date information, students should consult with the Malaysia Embassy and the Malaysia Immigration Department by clicking here or the Education Malaysia website here.



Geographical coverage



1 year full-time

Application procedure

The online application can be done by clicking here.

For any inquiries you may contact Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak (Programme Coordinator) at:


For information regarding scholarships, you may visit the relevant page here.

Tuition & cost

For information regarding fees you may visit the relevant page here.

Deadline for application

The application deadline is the 29 August 2016 for full-time students.

There is no application deadline for professional courses.

Last updated

19 Apr 2018

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Language English

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