Masters of Science

Compare 4 MSc Programs in Disaster Prevention

A Master of Science is a graduate degree often pursued after a Bachelor of Science. Most universities award this degree for studies in science, medicine or math. Like other master’s, an MSc can take one to two years to finish.

What is an MSc in Disaster Prevention? This program of study looks at ways professionals can reduce the risk of certain natural and manmade disasters. Courses may focus on response, preparedness and recovery surrounding disasters, as well as the potential prevention. Many programs use a mixture of lectures, discussions and projects as learning tools. Students may be required to take certain courses such as risk management, history of humanitarian aid, fundamentals of epidemiology, climate change and disaster management, research and evaluation methods, emergency humanitarian assistance, and global health.

One of the main benefits gained by this graduate program in disaster prevention is the ability to think critically in tough situations. This important skill can help students perform well under pressure in both their work and everyday lives. Participants may also learn how to better communicate and lead.

The cost of an MSc in Disaster Prevention can vary from one school to the next. For this reason, students should contact the school they want to attend to get a tuition estimate.

Graduates with this degree are often sought after by government agencies, large corporations and nonprofit organizations because of the transferrable skills they gain. Some students may go on to become humanitarians or peacebuilders. Others may join the corporate ranks as risk management officers or CEOs. Other students may turn to civil service in roles including policymaker, emergency planning officer or disaster management specialist. Some scholars may choose to continue their education through a PhD.

Students can take courses for an MSc in Disaster Prevention online or at campuses around the world. To apply, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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4 Results in Disaster Prevention

University of Lincoln

The MSc Crisis and Disaster Management brings together the areas of crisis management, risk management and disaster management with the aim of providing students with the ... [+]

The Course

The MSc Crisis and Disaster Management brings together the areas of crisis management, risk management and disaster management with the aim of providing students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of current approaches to crisis and disaster and the impact that such events may have on businesses, communities and nations. In particular, the programme addresses the issues of interruption to business and the need for preparedness, response and recovery strategies to minimise both economic and human losses arising from crises and disasters of both natural and human origins.

There is an increasing global demand for businesses, communities and nations to increase their resilience to potential crises and disasters, particularly through using the principles of crisis and disaster management, disaster preparedness, response and recovery planning.... [-]

United Kingdom Boston
September 2019
1 - 2 years
Lund University

This Master's 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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

Sweden Lund
September 2019
2 years
University of Pavia

The University of Pavia and the School of Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia present a new international Master of Science programme in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk ... [+]

The University of Pavia and the School of Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia present a new international Master of Science programme in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards. The programme is structured in two curricula:

Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE) Hydrogeological Risk Assessment and Mitigation (HYRIS)

Courses are taught in English by highly qualified professors with an internationally recognized scientific activity.

The Master in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards is jointly offered by the University of Pavia and the School of Advanced Studies of Pavia (IUSS).

The University of Pavia is one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 825. Many renowned humanists and scientists studied and taught at the Alma Ticinensis Universitas, such as Cardano, a mathematician who found out the Cardanic joint and the solution of cubic equations, and Alessandro Volta, the inventor of electric piles. Nowadays, the multidisciplinary University of Pavia includes nine faculties, three campuses covered by free WiFi access and the largest Residence Hall system in Italy. The University Sports Center (CUS) offers modern training facilities for track and field, canoeing, rowing, volleyball, rugby, fencing, archery, sports for physically disabled persons, aerobics, basketball, swimming, and sailing.... [-]

Italy Pavia
September 2019
2 years
École des Mines d'Alès

The International Master DAMAGE aims to train managers able to anticipate and manage major crises which can have health and environmental consequences for the affected co ... [+]

The Master Damage is co-managed by Ecole des Mines d'Ales and Université de Nîmes :

Ecole des Mines d'Ales (part of Institut Mines-Télécom) is a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in engineering, materials, and environment. The institution is under the authority of the Minister for Industry and Electronic Communication. Always attentive to the economic world, it combines strong academic legitimacy, close corporate relations and a unique focus on 4 key transformations of the 21st century in Information Technologies, Energy, Ecology, and Production. Its activities are conducted in ten Mines and Télécom graduate schools.

The schools of Institut Mines-Télécom are listed amongst the leading Grandes Ecoles in France. Geared towards economic stakeholders, the activities of the institution involve research, innovation, and education for engineers, managers, specialists, and professors, and are acknowledged for their excellence at both national and international level. Each year, approximately one hundred start-up companies are formed from the incubators of the schools.... [-]

France Alès
September 2019
24 months