Vulnerability & Risk Assessment Methods

University of Copenhagen

Dhulikhel Hospital


  • 6 - 24 February 2023, field visit to Nepal
  • 27 February to 3 March 2023, exam week can be done online


A 3-week field course in Nepal.

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 eduction planning along with decision analysis and planning for uncertainty. Check the full set of intended learning outcomes online.

The course consists of 3 weeks of face-to-face studies including a field trip in a South-Asian country (India, Nepal or Sri Lanka) followed by 1 week for a written assignment (online). The initial 3 weeks of studies include 1 week of training and lectures followed by 1 week of fieldwork and a final week of visits to different organisations working in the field of disaster risk reduction.

    Fee information

    Tuition: DKK 18,500 for EU/EEA students and DKK 25,000 for non-EU/EEA students
    Note: The fees DO NOT include expenses for the field trip such as flights, travel insurance, accommodation, subsistence and vaccinations.

    Participants must

    • Hold a relevant bachelor degree or equivalent
    • Have a minimum 2 years of relevant job experience
    • Be proficient in English

    Find detailed information about the current admission criteria.

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