Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development

MSc in Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development

Overall Goal of the Program

The overall goal of the interdisciplinary masters program in Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development (DRMSD) is to equip graduates with the required knowledge and skills to contribute significantly and positively to both disaster risk research and disaster risk management in Ethiopia, as well as to the broader African and international scenes. The knowledge set to be mastered will include contemporary concepts, updated frameworks, ever-evolving policy and institutional networks, cutting-edge methodology (both qualitative and quantitative) and management and planning principles. Whatever their focus, graduates should be well equipped to guide the future generation of disaster risk management and sustainable development in research, government, UN donors and NGO settings across the globe.

Staff Profile

Bahir Dar University, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development program is lead by an interdisciplinary staff members from different field of studies; such as Disaster Risk Science and Sustainable Development; Development Studies, Environmental Science; Environmental and Geographical Sciences; Disaster, Crisis and Risk Management; Development Economics; Food Security Studies; Entomology; Sociology, Public Health; Gender and Development among others.

For specific courses of the curriculum, expertise will also be drawn from BDU faculties, University of Arizona, University of Jaume I, Wageningen University (the Netherlands), Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector and other governmental and nongovernmental institutions. Drawing on expertise from a wide variety of perspectives will assure an education of the highest quality and one that is currently given the ever-changing state of international development, disaster and emergency affairs.

Students’ Profile

Fifteen Master level students will be identified each year by Bahir Dar University (BDU). These students will have completed a relevant undergraduate program and will be both active in and committed to disaster risk management in Ethiopia. The admission of the candidates will be gender balanced and represent a wide range of disciplines. The BDU administration will assure, to the extent possible, that the student body is freed from other professional responsibilities and is able to focus almost exclusively on the courses and studies for at least the first two semesters.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a B.A., BSc., or BEd degree in the social sciences (Sociology, Geography, Psychology, Economics, Development Management, Demography, etc…), agricultural sciences ( Rural Development, Agro Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Water Resource Management, Meteorology, Agricultural Extension, Plant Science, Animal Science, etc), health sciences (Environmental Health Science, Health Officer, Public Health), or natural sciences (Biology, Geology, etc)

  • Applicants should have a CGPA of at least 2. 0and above in an undergraduate program from any recognized university/college or faculty.
  • The candidate must pass entrance examination in the field of study.
  • The candidates must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation preferably from their under-graduate instructors, employers and professional associations.
  • The candidate must meet all other admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) of Bahir Dar University.

Course Requirements and Duration of Study

The Masters of Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development program will be a two-year, four-semester 36-credit hour’s program. All candidates shall complete all requirements for a Master’s degree within four semesters of full time enrolment. In addition, all requirements of the master’s degree must be completed within two calendar years of initial enrolment as a Master’s candidate. With the exception of students in the continuous course work, all are required to register for four consecutive semesters until all requirements for the degree have been fulfilled. A student who does not register is considered to have withdrawn from the university.

Under exceptional circumstances and with the recommendation of the graduate program committee, a student who did not complete the degree requirements within the maximum time, and who was thus required to withdraw, may be readmitted only once to complete those requirements. Final approval for readmission is by the Graduate, Research and Community Service Coordination office.

Application Deadlines and Notifications of Acceptance

Application forms and all relevant documents must be submitted to the university as per the university calendar and legislation. Accepted candidates will be notified by the University Graduate, Research and Community Service Coordination Office.

Course Assessment and Evaluation

Graduate student progress is assessed regularly and formally by the Education Program through assigned instructors and supervisors. Each instructor will grade the required assessments associated with each course and will provide a final grade based on the grading system of the University. It is necessary to maintain an average of “B” or above in order to move into the thesis research stage, which is the major requirement for the MSc degree.

The assessments focus on both completion of coursework and the development of professional skills in research, scientific writing and presentation.

Methods of Teaching

  • Lecturing, Discussion, Group and Individual Presentation, Report Writing on Assignments and Home Works, Term Paper Writing

Grading System and Graduation Requirement

The grading system complies with the general framework of the University grading system. Moreover, students must score a minimum of 3.00 and successfully defend thesis work in order to complete the program and to be eligible for graduation.

Degree Nomenclature

Upon successful completion of the program

THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN DISATER RISK MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” (የሳይንስማስተርዲግሪበአደጋመከላከልናዘላቂልማት)

List of Courses

S.N

Course code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Status

1

Drms601

Conceptual Understanding of Disaster Fundamentals

3

Compulsory

2

Drms611

Sustainable Development: Concepts and Applications

3

Compulsory

3

Drms621

Livelihoods and Food Security

3

Compulsory

4

Drms631

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

3

Compulsory

5

Drms641

Gender, Disaster and Development

2

Compulsory

6

Drms652

Early Warning Systems

3

Compulsory

7

Drms662

Advanced Research Methodology in DRM

4

Compulsory

8

Drms672

Policies, Strategies and Institutions in DRM

3

Compulsory

9

Drms682

Population and Environment

2

Elective

10

Drms692

Conflict Management

2

Elective

11

Drms7101

Research Proposal Writing

2

Compulsory

12

Drms7111

GIS and Remote Sensing in DRM

2

Compulsory

13

Drms7122

Thesis Writing

6

Compulsory

 

 

Total Credit hours

36

 

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