M.Phil. On Campus

Disaster Risk Science and Development

12 months
1351 EUR/year
1351 EUR/year
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The Disaster Risk Science and Development programme at the Stellenbosch University is presented by the Research Alliance for Disaster and Risk Reduction (RADAR) of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.


Key facts

The Disaster Risk Science and Development programme at the Stellenbosch University comprises of a coursework component of 90 credits and a research thesis of 90 credits.

What we offer

Rapid population growth, poverty and environmental pressures are increasing disaster risk in South and Southern Africa. Drought, flash-floods and fires are common, along with 'small disasters' in informal and low-cost housing settlements, eroding developmental gains and having a devastating impact on municipalities and households.

The MPhil in Disaster Risk Science and Development programme builds on the honours module in Disaster Risk Science and consolidates a broad-based theoretical understanding of disaster risk, including the interplay between hazard and vulnerability factors. Through the use of case studies, it places disaster risk within rural and urban contexts, at regional scale, and also with respect to its transboundary considerations.

Building strategic analytic and management capabilities across sectors, including critical risk reduction processes and practices, the programme delivers the following specific learning outcomes:

  • Competence in understanding and analysing disaster occurrences, patterns and trends in urban and rural contexts relevant to southern Africa
  • Analytic and strategic planning competencies in addressing priority disaster risks
  • Knowledge of critical ethical principles that guide responsible disaster risk management policy and practice
  • Knowledge of DRR strategies and implications for implementation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Disaster Risk Assessment and Analysis
  • Disaster Risk Science and Development
  • Thesis (Disaster Risk Science and Development)
  • GIS for Risk Reduction
  • Development Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


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

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified. This implies that your original qualification documents (academic transcript and accompanying degree certificate) which you recieved upon graduation must be stamped and signed by the awarding institution. Qualifications shorter than 12 months in duration will not be considered
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • A BAHons degree in Geography and Environmental Studies or a BScHons in GeoInformatics

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1351 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1351 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1351 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1351 EUR per year during 12 months.

R23 968 

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /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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