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Master of disaster management

Main organization(s): University of Copenhagen


Become a humanitarian aid professional and a disaster risk management specialist.

The Master of Disaster Management (MDMa) is a 60-ECTS research-based, cross-disciplinary postgraduate programme in the field of disaster risk management with the aim of fostering professionals who can formulate effective responses to complex practice and policy issues and thereby substantially reduce disaster losses.

Founded in global process

The Master of Disaster Management is designed in accordance with the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005–2015), the Sendai Framework (2015–2030) and the Sustainable Development Goals (2016–2030).


The aim of the Master of Disaster Management is to provide government, international and civil society organisations with professionals equipped with a solid interdisciplinary knowledge base and skills that can meet the increasing demands and expectations from those who work in the humanitarian field.

The Master of Disaster Management is relevant to a lot of professions and is designed to accommodate various disciplinary backgrounds – risk managers, engineers, doctors, nurses, military officers, social scientists, logisticians, journalists, etc. This means a broad array of people working in national authorities, international organisations (e.g. UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, EU), public services (civil protection, health, energy, water) and humanitarian organisations (e.g. MSF, Oxfam, DEMA).

Study full-time or part-time

The Master’s programme can be completed in 1 year of full-time study or in up to 3 years on a flexible study (part-time) arrangement. You can sign up for the full programme or individual courses.

More about the programme

The holistic approach of the Master of Disaster Management programme provides a solid basis for professional aid workers. The programme consists of lectures, team case assignments, field trips and individual assignments that combine practice-based competencies with the latest research and knowledge of disaster risk management.

The combination of science and hands-on learning allows a comprehensive understanding of disaster risk management processes. This enables a more strategic and tactical approach to be taken to ensure the best possible solutions for obtaining appropriate disaster response, recovery and risk reduction.

Programme layout

The Master of Disaster Management programme consists of 4 core courses (in the Autumn semester), 2 elective courses and a thesis (in the Spring semester), equalling 60 ECTS in total.

Fee information

Full-time fees are:

  • DKK 112,500 – reduced fee for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens.
  • DKK 150,000 – standard fee for non-EU/EEA citizens

The programme fees includes registration in all courses, course materials and programme events, and do not include accommodation, living expenses and transportation costs in Copenhagen.



Geographical coverage



September–July, each year

Application procedure

Please apply here.

For more information on short and blended learning courses, please see here.

Deadline for application

  • Non-EU/EEA citizens – 1st April 2020
  • EU/EEA citizens – 1st May 2020

Last updated

24 Sep 2019

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

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