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MA Disasters, Adaptation and Development

MA/MSc Disasters, Adaptation and Development

The MA/MSc Disasters, Adaptation & Development in the Department of Geography at King's College London aims to provide students with an in-depth and critical awareness of the politics and geographies of disaster risk reduction and its contribution to sustainable adaptation and disaster response. It is appropriate for practitioners wishing to formalise their knowledge as well as those wanting an entry qualification into research on disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change.

The programme takes a social development perspective and includes human vulnerability and response to natural and technological hazards and to hazards associated with climate change. It embeds training in disaster risk reduction with access to a broad range of modules that enable the student to craft a degree that can include technical specialties in GIS and remote sensing, organisational risk management, or poverty alleviation and international development. It aims to enable students to develop the skills required to engage with both cutting edge academic literature and policy work so that they can participate in this dynamic and contested arena. These aims are achieved by the unique combination of theoretical and practical modules that draw on the expertise of the staff and internships with participating humanitarian and development organisations.

Key Benefits of the Programme include:

  • Unrivalled location allows access to an international hub for research and practitioners in international development and disaster risk reduction.
  • Professional internship provides career development.
  • Regular seminars and high-quality student body enable learning beyond formal contact time
  • Opportunities for placement with international organizations for conduct of overseas MA dissertation research.

For any queries about the MA/MSc Disasters, Adaptation and Development programme not covered in the Online Prospectus, please contact Dr Daanish Mustafa, Programme Director.

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