Become a professional disaster risk management specialist

The Master of Disaster Management provides humanitarian professionals with solid interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that meet the needs of modern emergency management and disaster response.

Experience from recent major disasters, changes in the humanitarian field, the changing nature of a conflict, and climate change impact all have made it clear that a holistic approach to disasters and crisis management is needed to substantially reduce losses and deal with new challenges the current system seems ill-equipped to respond to.

A coherent and holistic approach to disaster risk management is not without challenges. The decision has to be based on a politically, economically, socially, culturally, and environmentally sustainable foundation and rooted in sound development policies. Risk reduction needs to underpin and guide decisions in Preparedness, Response and Recovery planning, and programmes. Professionals with an adequate knowledge base and the right skills are invaluable if these challenges are to be met.

In response to this demand, the University of Copenhagen is offering a master program, based on the above philosophy – a Master of Disaster Management.

Participant profiles

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 organizations (e.g. UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, EU), public services (civil protection, health, energy, water) and humanitarian organizations (e.g. MSF, Oxfam, DEMA).

Programme structure

The Master of Disaster Management consists of 60 ECTS credits earned through 4 mandatory courses (30 ECTS), 2 elective courses (10 ECTS) and a master’s project (20 ECTS).

Full-time or part-time studies of your choice

  • Full-time study: 1 year. The programme starts in September and ends in July the following year.
  • Part-time study: Up to 3 years.

Courses

Compulsory Courses 30 ECTS
Disaster Risk Management – From Theory To Practice 7,5 ECTS
Preparedness And Response To Humanitarian Crises 7,5 ECTS
Disaster Recovery Planning And Development 7,5 ECTS
Research Methodology And Research 7,5 ECTS
Elective Courses 10 ECTS
Vulnerability And Risk Assessment Methods 5 ECTS
Health In Emergencies And Refugee Health 5 ECTS
Water Supply And Sanitation In Emergencies 5 ECTS
Geo-Information In Disaster Situations 5 ECTS
Shelter And Settlements In Disasters 5 ECTS
Master’s Project 20 ECTS

Tuition fees

Students can enrol for either the full master's program in disaster management or choose freely among the courses offered. Below you will find the price for the full Master's programme.

The Danish Government pays a Ministry subsidy for EU/EEA students (reduced fee), whereas all other students must pay the full course fees (standard fee).

  • Reduced Fee: DKK 112,500 for EU/EEA citizens.
  • Standard Fee: DKK 150,000 for non-EU/EEA citizens.

The prices for students only following individual courses can be found in the course descriptions.

The University of Copenhagen does not offer tuition remission or scholarships

The University of Copenhagen does not offer tuition remission, grants or scholarships. Nor can we answer inquiries regarding funding.

Admission and application

Admission criteria for full programme students and single course students

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

Master's programme application deadlines

  • Non-EU/EEA citizens - 1 April
  • EU/EEA citizens - 1 May

Individual courses

The application deadline for individual courses is typically 8 weeks prior to the first day of lecture. If applying for individual courses, please use the link on the individual course pages.

Application process

Fill out the application form via the Master’s programme website, www.mind.ku.dk, and remember the required documentation.

The programme admits full-programme students once every year.

Residence permits and visas

Students from non-EU/EEA countries must obtain a visa before entering Denmark. Visa requirements to enter the country vary, so you must consult the Danish embassy or consulate in your area.

Admission to a part-time study programme does not warrant a residence permit as a student. For further information, please contact the Danish Immigration Service.

  • TYPE: Continuing Professional Development
  • PLACE: University of Copenhagen, Denmark and a field trip in a South-Asian country
  • DURATION: 1 year full-time or up to 3 years part-time
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • PARTICIPANTS: Humanitarian aid workers
  • SUBMISSION: April 1, 2019, for non-EU/EEA citizens. May 1, 2019, for EU/EEA citizens. Application deadline for individual courses is typically 8 weeks prior to the first day of lecture.
  • FURTHER INFO: www.mdma.ku.dk

Duration and price

Start date: September 2019

Duration: 1 year full-time or up to 3 years part-time

Price: DKK 112,500 for EU/EEA students. DKK 150,000 for all other students.

Deadline: April 1, 2019, for non-EU/EEA citizens. May 1, 2019, for EU/EEA citizens.

Program taught in:
English

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Last updated February 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
Duration
1 - 3 years
Full-time
Price
150,000 DKK
(Reduced Fee: DKK 112,500 for EU/EEA citizens. Standard Fee: DKK 150,000 for non-EU/EEA citizens.)
Deadline
May 1, 2019
April 1, 2019, for non-EU/EEA citizens. May 1, 2019, for EU/EEA citizens.
By locations
By date
Start Date
Sept. 2019
End Date
July 31, 2020
Application deadline
May 1, 2019
April 1, 2019, for non-EU/EEA citizens. May 1, 2019, for EU/EEA citizens.

Sept. 2019

Location
Application deadline
May 1, 2019
April 1, 2019, for non-EU/EEA citizens. May 1, 2019, for EU/EEA citizens.
End Date
July 31, 2020