Masters Programme in Disaster Studies

(equivalent to LLM/Mtech/MPhil programmes)

Duration 2 years (4 Semesters)

Credits 72


Applicants to the this programme must have a Bachelor’s degree in any social sciences /natural sciences/ any other professional stream from any college in India or abroad which is duly recognized by UGC in India.

Government executives working in the field of disaster management  would be encouraged to apply.

Entrance Examination:

Admission will be based on the performance of the student in a written OMR based examination followed by a test of language, writing and communication skills. On qualifying in this two stage examination  there would be an interview of candidates who obtain a minimum qualifying percentage of 50% in the written examination. The written examination would evaluate the student on;

A general awareness about India  and neighbouring countries which share borders, land, rivers, forests and mountains with her, processes of governance, legal frameworks and environmental management, society and culture, basic sciences, mathematical skills and reasoning’.

Credit Structure 


Semesters Credits Courses
First 20 (4 credits x 5 courses) Four Core Courses & One Graduate Academic
Writing Programme
Second 18 (4 credits x 4 courses=16 credits) + 2 credits  (excursion)  Four Core Courses


one week excursion to ecologically fragile zones





4 credits (internship)


20 credits electives

4 credits: Summer internship after 2nd  sem. for 4 wks. 

(Attachment of NDMA/SDMA/DDMA) 

20 credits: Five electives selected from list of courses

Fourth 10 credits Dissertation Writing & Group discussion 
TOTAL 72 credits  


Rubric of Courses:

The four rubrics of transdisciplinary social sciences based hazard/disaster studies has been designed around;

  • Anthropology of disasters and resilience systems of communities.
  • Governance and legal framework for disaster management
  • Technology Systems: geospatial, computational intelligence & database systems.
  • Economics of disaster management in the context of development and preparedness.


8- Core Courses ( Only three for PhDs)

  1. Universe of Disaster Research: Theory, Ethics and Critical Decision Making in transdisciplinary DRR Planning
  2. Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience: Concepts and Understanding
  3. Research Methodology for DRR
  4. Governance, Institutions and Crisis Leadership
  5. Remote Sensing, GIS for Emergency Management
  6. ICT, Computational Intelligence and Database Systems
  7. Disaster Economics, Project Management, Emergency Budgeting
  8. Public Health, Epidemics and Emergency Preparedness

(Most of these courses are collectively taught to address transdisciplinarity in teaching and  training in research)


Elective Courses

The following papers would be offered in the elective courses ;



Course Design and Contents

(most courses would be collectively taught with experienced faculty in social sciences and sciences)


Core Courses

Total Credits                      : 4 (FOUR) for each core course

Method of Instruction     : Lectures, Hands-on, Guest Lectures, Tutorials

Methods of Evaluation s : Mid- semester written Exam, Group discussions, Presentations, Quizzes/Surprise Test, test of analytical skills,  Laboratory assignments  End Semester Exam  

Elective Courses (4 credit each)

Methods of instruction: Lectures, group discussions, monograph writings, video conferencing with district administrations,tutorials Evaluation: Mid semester examination, presentations and case study analysis

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