Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation - Master's Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
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 to increase 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 use of interdisciplinary concepts, methods and tools within disaster risk management and climate change adaptation
- apply skills in 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 actors 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.
Students come from all over the world and from various academic disciplines 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.
COMPULSORY COURSES AND NUMBER OF CREDITS: Societal Resilience (7.5), Foundations for Risk Assessment and Management (7.5), Capacity Development (7.5), Direction and Coordination in Disaster Management (7.5), Risk Based Land Use Planning (7.5), Climate Smart Risk Reduction (7.5), Preparedness and Planning (7.5), Risk Perception, Communication and Human Behaviour (7.5), Humanitarian Logistics (7.5), Research Methodology (7.5), Master’s degree project (30).
ELECTIVES, 30 CREDITS IN TOTAL: Internship-based course (15), Critical Infrastructure Resilience (7.5), Geographical Information Technology – Introduction (15), Fundamentals of Logistics and Operations Management (7.5), Integrated Water Resources Management: International Aspects (7.5). Additional courses might be available, e.g. in areas of Public health, Gender, Migration and development.
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. Graduates have acquired a broad understanding of the field and have an ability to apply skills and generic tools in various working contexts. 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.
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There is a preparation programme available for this Master's degree
International Master's Coordinator:
Cecilia Bruhn, E-mail: msc [dot] drmcca [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
A Bachelor’s degree with relevance to the applied education. English 6.
The selection is based on academic qualifications and on 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.
Start Autumn Semester 2021
daytime Lund, full time 100%
30 August 2021 - 11 June 2023
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
*Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a CV and a statement of purpose when you apply for this programme. The statement of purpose (but not the CV) forms part of the selection criteria along with your academic qualifications. You must use the webform 'Summary sheet and statement of purpose' when submitting the statement of purpose (link below). The statement of purpose should not be longer than 10 000 characters. Relevant aspects include:
- your main interests in the field of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation
- how your Bachelor’s degree relates to the field
- what you hope to benefit from studying the programme
- your plans after completion of the programme
To submit the document 'Summary sheet and statement of purpose', you need to:
- Fill in our template.
- Save the template as a PDF.
- Upload the PDF to your account at universityadmissons.se.
Applicants should also provide an official explanation of the grading scale of their Bachelor’s degree (this could be in the form of a link to a website), if such an explanation is not printed on the transcript.
You are not required to submit letters of recommendation when applying to this programme.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000
First payment: SEK 72 500
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada student finance