12 months
20171 EUR/year
15129 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Experience from recent major disasters, changes in the humanitarian field and climate change impact all have made it clear that a holistic approach to disasters and crisis management is needed to substantially reduce losses and deal with new challenges the current system seems ill equipped to respond to. We offer a master degree in Disaster Management at the University of Copenhagen.  


Solid scientific and hands-on learning

  • Emergency and response operations to deal with the consequences of disasters are important and the humanitarian field continues to strive towards a more effective response mechanisms. However, the capacity to assess, mitigate against and reduce risks beforehand and to sustainably recover after is as important and is reflected in global processes such as the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015), the Sendai Framework (2015-2030) and the Sustainable Development Goals. This program in Disaster Management is offered by the University of Copenhagen. 
  • A coherent and holistic approach to disaster risk management is not without challenges. Decision have to be based on a politically, economically, socially, culturally, and environmentally sustainable foundation and rooted in sound development policies. Risk reduction needs to underpin and guide decisions in Preparedness, Response and Recovery planning and programmes. Professionals with an adequate knowledge base and the right skills are invaluable if these challenges are to be met. 

Programme Structure

  • The aim of the Master of Disaster Management is to provide government, international, and civil society organisations with professionals equipped with a solid interdisciplinary knowledge base and skills that can meet the increasing demands and expectations from those who work in the humanitarian field.
  • The Master of Disaster Management is relevant to a lot of professions and is designed to accommodate various disciplinary backgrounds - risk managers, engineers, doctors, nurses, military officers, social scientists, logisticians, journalists, etc. This means a broad array of people working in national authorities, international organisations (e.g. UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, EU), public services (civil protection, health, energy, water) and humanitarian organisations (e.g. MSF, Oxfam, DEMA)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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
  • English language requirements 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20171 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20171 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    15129 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15129 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Reduced Fee: DKK 112,500 For students from EU/EEA
  • Standard Fee: DKK 150,000 For all other students. This is the full course price.

Living costs for Copenhagen

7928 - 13456 DKK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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