Master of Disaster Management

The aim of the Master of Disaster Management is to provide government, international, and civil society organisations with professionals equipped with a solid interdisciplinary knowledge base and skills that can meet the increasing demands and expectations from those who work in the humanitarian field.

Experience from recent major disasters, changes in the humanitarian field, the changing nature of 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.

Emergency and response operations to deal with the consequences of disasters are important and the humanitarian field continues to strive towards a more effective response mechanisms. However, the capacity to assess, mitigate against and reduce risks beforehand and to sustainably recover after is as important and is reflected in global processes such as the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015), the Sendai Framework (2015-2030) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2016-2030).

A coherent and holistic approach to disaster risk management is not without challenges. Decision have 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 programme, based on the above philosophy – a Master of Disaster Management. The Master of Disaster Management consists of 60 ECTS earned through four intensive core courses, two elective courses and a thesis.

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


This programme is part of the educational offerings of the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Safety and Security.

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Copenhagen
Fields of studyPolitical science and civics
Tagsmanagementnatural disasters
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