Disaster Management

Master (1 year) of Disaster Management , 60 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Health care, social services, and care services Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus City Campus
Duration 1 year
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10072 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 7554 EUR


The Master of Disaster Management consists of 60 ECTS earned through six intensive courses and a thesis. The programme starts in September and ends in August the following year. The courses from September through February are mandatory. The two elective courses will typically be followed between March and June.

Mandatory courses:

Disaster Risk Management - Theory and Application 
Disaster Response and Recovery
Research Design + start of thesis writing process
Disaster Response Management and Coordination

Elective courses:

• Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Methods
• Geo Information in Disaster Situations
• Water Supply and Sanitation in Emergencies
Health in Emergencies and Refugee Health

The master's degree in Disaster Management can be taken either as a one year full-time programme or as a flexible study. The flexible way of doing it, makes it possible for you to spread out the courses over a maximum of 3 years. However due to the dynamics of the group work the individual courses cannot be taken part-time. Your studies can therefore only be split up in chunks consisting of single courses of 2-8 weeks duration each.

Career Opportunities  

On completion of the Master of Disaster Management the graduates will be able to:
  • Search and critically evaluate research based literature
  • Synthesise complex information and make flexible strategic decisions in emergencies and disaster situations
  • Develop and maintain interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Identify and take responsibility for individual needs for further learning within the field of disaster management
  • Learn from experience and stakeholder involvement and apply lessons learnt to build capacities, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability

About the Degree

The aim of the Master of Disaster Management is to provide national and international aid workers, government officials and other professionals interested in any or all parts of Disaster Management with a solid and holistic interdisciplinary background so that they can respect and understand the complex context of acting and working before, during and after a disaster.


To apply to the Master of Disaster Management, students must meet the following admission criteria:
  • A Bachelors degree in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, medicine, social sciences, science, journalism, etc.) or an equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution
  • At least two years of work experience
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Basic IT/computer Skills
  • A draft thesis proposal
Applicants with other backgrounds may be considered on an individual basis.

Apply through the national electronic admission system, with all relevant documentation.
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To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact [your institution] directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students with a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. [If for some reason your insitution deviates from this please write it here]

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn | All applicants

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Sep 01

City Campus


Studying at City Campus means being downtown Copenhagen. Everything the city has to offer is right outside the door. Nevertheless, it is easy to escape city noise in order to study or relax in one of the many beautiful, surrounding parks.The campus area accommodates the Faculty of Social Sciences and a part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Centre for Health and Society is located between the city lakes and the transport hub Nørreport. This is a place brimming with history as the buildings are the former district general hospital with high ceilings and a stylish architectural look. Teaching facilities are modern, and in 2013, the University opened a new building with three auditoriums.

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