The trend of increasing disasters and related losses is a truly global challenge. The changing global risk landscape due to processes such as climate change, urbanisation, and the increasing complexity of modern society poses major challenges for sustainable development and must be addressed with an interdisciplinary approach. A growing number of governments and international organisations acknowledge the necessity of increasing their efforts in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in order to successfully adjust to changing environments and develop safe and sustainable societies.
The Master’s programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation has support from important national and international institutions, e.g. UN agencies, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, NGOs, and national authorities.
The programme contributes to meeting the need for qualified professionals who can:
- contribute to resilient and sustainable societies through the use of interdisciplinary concepts, methods and tools within disaster risk management and climate change adaptation such as risk assessment, capacity assessment, preparedness and contingency planning, and risk-based land use planning.
- work with capacity development and project management for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in local, national and international organisations or agencies.
- utilise and contribute to research in this field.
The programme offers a mix of practical and theoretical learning with a strong focus on group work and interaction between students and teaching staff, as well as with important actors within this field of study. Examples of the latter are the involvement of experts from national and international organisations in some of the courses and the possibility of taking an elective internship-based course. The programme has connections with potential hosts for interns and students conducting research for their Master’s thesis within the UN-system, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, and Governmental agencies on different administrative levels in various parts of the world.
Our students come from very diverse backgrounds such as engineering science, social science, political science, natural science and environmental science. Even if previous work experience is not a requirement to enter the programme, most of our students have professional or volunteer experience.
Compulsory courses and number of credits: Societal Resilience (7.5), Foundations for Risk Assessment and Management (7.5), Capacity Development (7.5), Direction and Coordination in Disaster Management (7.5), Risk-Based Land Use Planning (7.5), Climate Smart Risk Reduction (7.5), Preparedness and Planning (7.5), Risk perception, Communication and Human Behaviour (7.5), Humanitarian Logistics (7.5), Research Methodology (7.5), Master’s degree project (30).
Electives, 15 credits in total: Internship-based course (15), Geographical Information Technology –Introduction (15), Fundamentals of Logistics and Operations Management (7.5), Integrated Water Resources Management: International Aspects (7.5). Additional courses might be available.
Students graduating from the Master’s programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation will be attractive for a career with actors contributing to a more resilient and sustainable society, ranging from local and national authorities to international actors as well as private consultancies. The programme provides qualifications for both professional activities in society and for research studies at the PhD level.
The network of organisations supporting the programme have in their letters of support for the programme emphasised the need for professionals with qualifications in e.g. resilience, risk assessment and management, preparedness/contingency planning and capacity development, topics which are at the core of the programme.
Read more about this programme on www.lunduniversity.lu.se/disaster-risk-management
Why Lund University?
Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.
If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.
The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.
Learn more about Lund University at www.lunduniversity.lu.se
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