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, urbanisation, 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 organisations 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 programme 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 programme 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 organisations or agencies;
- utilise and contribute to research in this field.
The programme 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 organisations in some of the courses and the possibility of taking an elective internship-based course.
The programme 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.
Our students come from very diverse backgrounds such as engineering science, social science, political science, natural science and environmental science. Even if previous work experience is not a requirement to enter the programme, most of our students have professional or volunteer experience.
- Current programme structure: https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/sites/www.lunduniversity.lu.se/files/dr…
- Current list of courses in this programme: http://kurser.lth.se/lot/?prog=MKAT&val=program&lang=en
Students graduating from the Master’s programme 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 programme provides qualifications for both professional activities in society and for research studies at PhD level.
The network of organisations supporting the programme have in their letters of support for the programme emphasised 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 programme.
A Bachelor’s degree with relevance to the applied education. English 6.
The selection is based on academic qualifications and at a statement of purpose.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under “Entry requirements”). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
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