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Vulnerability and risk assessment methods - a field course in South Asia

Main organization(s): University of Copenhagen


A 3-week field course in India for humanitarian professionals.

This course focuses on the entire vulnerability and risk assessment process, from using different methods to analyse risk to evaluating their results. The concept of vulnerability is vital in this context, as it allows us to understand why some individuals or systems are more at risk than others, thus widening our scope of possibilities for risk reduction. IFRC’s Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) tool is applied for a case study during the field trip. The course provides a solid basis for disaster risk reduction planning.

After completing this course, you will be able to perform vulnerability and capacity assessments of both chronic vulnerabilities and those related to extreme events and hazards. The course will enhance your skills in disaster risk reduction planning along with decision analysis and planning for uncertainty.


  • 3 - 21 February 2020, field visit to India.
  • 24 - 28 February 2020, exam week.


Combination of Theory lectures on VCA as a methodology and a series of exercises on practical applications of VCA and risk assessment methods. This is followed by a field visit to South Asia to take part in one or more projects dealing with DRR and CCA where VCA had been applied and was at the centre of decision-making. During the field visit, the students will be split into teams each working to develop a VCA assignment and report back and share the findings with the community and the facilitating organization.

Assessment procedures

The examination is based upon an assessment of a written individual report in which the students present their risk analysis of a given case, as well as their reflections around issues raised by the course management regarding the risk assessment process. Parts of the report can be written in cooperation with other students that belong to the same case group.

Grading according to the Danish 7-scale - internal moderation.

Admission Requirement

The applicants must live up to the Master of Disaster Management admission criteria.

Geographical coverage



03 Feb 2020 - 28 Feb 2020

Application procedure

Apply here or contact us.


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 18,500 for EU/EEA students and DKK 25,000 for non-EU/EEA students + expenses for field trip. These expenses include flights, travel insurance, accommodation, subsistence and vaccinations.

Deadline for application

01 Dec 2019

Last updated

03 Sep 2019

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  • Type Continuing education
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Denmark, India

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