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Natural Hazards and Disasters

Main organization(s): Wageningen University, Disaster Studies




The course is designed as a stand alone program. Students need to enrol in the specialization Sociology of Rural Development and can then opt to do their major thesis with Disaster Studies. The program comprises a compulsory specialization course (Sociology in Development) and a thesis preparation course (Conflict, Development and Disaster). The program also includes an MSc thesis in Disaster Studies, if desired in combination with an internship.
In coordination with the study advisor the students from other specialisations may opt for combining several courses to an MSc Minor in Disaster Studies. The MSc thesis in Disaster Studies will typically comprise fieldwork in a (post) emergency affected area. For further information please see the program details.

Subject areas

Natural hazards, Disaster management, Climate change, Disaster risk reduction, Draught cycle management, Remote sensing, Seismological disasters.

Target audience

University students, Disaster management professionals.

Admission Requirement

At least a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the specific programme selected, A Grade Point Average (GPA) for the BSc study of at least 70% of the maximum scale, Fluency in English - both written and spoken, Good skills in mathematics and/or statistics, Basic computer skills. Additional information for international students is available at student information office.



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Application procedure

Completed Application form, original transcripts, English proficiency test scores and a summary of BSc thesis report or another relevant research paper in English or Dutch (two pages maximum). This paper must include the contact details of academic supervisor (if available) or letter of recommendation from professor or employer. Application can be submitted online or applicants can download the application form to submit it by post. The fully documented application should be submitted to the Central Student Administration office.


A wide range of fellowship and study grants are available from university and other sources.

Tuition & cost

EUR 23208.00 (EU and EFTA students), EUR 37480.00 (International Students). Please see a detailed break-up of tuition and other costs.

Deadline for application

01 July 2008 for fomestic & EU students and 01 May 2008 for international students.


Prof. Dr. Thea Hilhorst
Disaster Studies. Wageningen University
Leeuwenborch, Rooms 1045 - 1048, Hollandseweg - 1,
6706 KN Wageningen, Netherlands
Tel: +31 317 482472
Fax: +31 317 485489

Last updated

09 Oct 2007

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location Wageningen.
  • Language English

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