M.Sc. On Campus

Disaster Medicine (EMDM)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

12 months
8032 EUR/year
8032 EUR/year
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The Disaster Medicine (EMDM) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) provides health professionals with the know-how to provide high-quality medical care in austere environments.


The Disaster Medicine (EMDM) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is dedicated to improve the competence in disaster medicine and the disaster medical competencies for health professionals in order to form high-level professionals qualified to work as academics, staff members or field workers for international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.

Intense international cooperation and support

The European Master in Disaster Management is organized in cooperation with the Università del Piemonte Orientale (Novara, Italy). Co-organizing insititutions are the Katastrofmedicinskt Centrum (Linköping, Sweden), University of Calfornia (Irvine, US) and the Université de Genève et Hôpitaux Univeritaires de Genève (Switzerland).

The EMDM is supported by international organizations and scientific societies with interest in disaster medicine and humanitarian health: the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières and the European Society for Emergency Medicine.

Job opportunities

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

As a graduate of the Master in Disaster Medicine you can be assigned to following positions:

  • Advisor and/or manager of disaster medical management in local, regional and federal administrations
  • Officer responsible for the hospital disaster management
  • Advisor and/or manager of disaster medical management in international organizations (UN, WHO, OCHA....)
  • Executive officer in non-governmental organizations responsible for disaster medical management
  • Responsible staff member for education in disaster medicine in medical schools
  • Researcher in the medical aspects of disasters in academic centres


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Programme Structure

This master provides a clear picture of current concepts and developments in the strategic and tactical management of the medical aspects of disasters.

It provides you with a number of skills which are important in the pursuance of disaster management:

  • leadership
  • decision making
  • communication
  • coordination skills
  • stress management
  • working in multidisciplinary teams
  • the use of information technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A copy of the University Diploma (MsC, MA or MBBCh/MBBS)
  • A certified translation into English, if the original diploma is in a different language
  • A motivation letter written by the student
  • A reference letter from a local mentor or advisor
  • a copy of a valid passport or ID card;
  • for students graduated outside Italy, an official declaration of conformity of their academic title. The following three documents are accepted (alternatively):

  • Diploma supplement released by the University (for EU students) OR
  • Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore) released by the Italian Consulate of the country where the student graduated OR
  • Statement of Comparability issued by CIMEA through a completely online procedure

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8032 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8032 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8032 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8032 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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