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Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation

Programme overview

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. 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 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 concepts, methods and tools within disaster risk management and climate change adaptation such as risk assessment, capacity assessment, preparedness and contingency planning, and urban/rural planning;
  • work with capacity development and project management for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in local, national and international settings;
  • utilise and contribute to research in this field. 

The programme offers a mix of practical and theoretical learning with a strong focus on 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 withing the UN-system, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, and Governmental agencies on different administrative levels in various parts of the world.

A highly ranked university

Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of years has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. The Faculty of Engineering is home to approximately 800 international students every year, and has a total of approximately 9,600 students and 1,600 employees.