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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, urbanization, 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 organizations 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 program 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.

The program contributes to meeting the need for qualified professionals who can:

  • contribute to resilient and sustainable societies through the use of interdisciplinary concepts, methods, and tools within disaster risk management and climate change adaptation such as risk assessment, capacity assessment, preparedness, and contingency planning, and risk-based land-use planning;
  • work with capacity development and project management for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in local, national and international organizations or agencies;
  • utilize and contribute to research in this field.

The program offers a mix of practical and theoretical learning with a strong focus on group work and interaction between students and teaching staff, as well as with important factors within this field of study. Examples of the latter are involvement of experts from national and international organizations in some of the courses and the possibility of taking an elective internship-based course.

The program has connections with potential hosts for interns and students conducting research for their Master’s thesis within the UN-system, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, and Governmental agencies on different administrative levels in various parts of the world.

Career prospects

Students graduating from the Master’s program in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation will be attractive for a career with actors contributing to a more resilient and sustainable society, ranging from local and national authorities to international actors as well as private consultancies. The program provides qualifications for both professional activities in society and for research studies at PhD level.

The network of organizations supporting the program have in their letters of support for the program emphasized the need for professionals with qualifications in e.g. resilience, risk assessment and management, preparedness/contingency planning and capacity development, topics which are at the core of the program.

For details please visit the program webpage.