MSc in Disaster Management at University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

University of Copenhagen (UCPH) 1 Years
Denmark Full Time
Master (1 year) of Disaster Management Onsite

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.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the Master of Disaster Management the graduates will be able to:

  • Search and critically evaluate research-based literature
  • Synthesize 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 learned to build capacities, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students with citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange program are not required to pay tuition. [If for some reason your situation 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

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Course Details:

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 the 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.

Enrollment Requirements:

To apply to the Master of Disaster Management, students must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. A Bachelors degree in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, medicine, social sciences, science, journalism, etc.) or equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution
  2. At least two years of work experience
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. Basic IT/computer Skills
  5. A draft thesis proposal

Teaching Language:


Costs/Tuition Fees:

10072 EUR

Level/Field(s) of Study:


Degree Level:

Natural Sciences

Language Requirements:


About the University/Institution:

he University of Copenhagen (UCPH) has four campus areas located in Denmark’s capital city. The University is the largest educational institution in Denmark and consists of eight faculties that combined offer over 200 academic programs for study in health sciences, humanities, law, life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and theology.

Application Deadline:

Autumn | All applicants
Application date: Apr 01
Start date: Sep 01

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