Master's Thesis, Disaster Management

Course content

Education

Master of Disaster Management - compulsory

Learning outcome

On completion of the thesis, students should be able to:

Knowledge

  • demonstrate insights into the research process from identifying the nature of a research problem, formulating research questions and translating these into research objectives
  • understand the value of the choice of appropriate research methods

 

Skills

  • Collect necessary data/information and critically analyse, review and interpret own research in the context of existing literature.
  • As part of the thesis writing process give a short thesis presentation, highlighting research problems and questions, research objectives, methods and main findings, conclusion and possible recommendations - as well as discussing critical questions and remarks regarding the findings and conclusions.

Competences

  • Develop and present well-argued and referenced recommendations as to future practice(s) in a given field.
  • Where relevant, include proper communication with and feedback to study objects and local authorities on research results including practical policy implications (if research is based on local data) with a view to contribute to improvements at the local level.
  • Provide critical and constructive feedback to fellow students on their theses.

Supervision according to thesis guidelines

Research Design or Research Methodology & Ethics

Only available for students enrolled in the entire programme.

ECTS
20 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Participation in oral presentation (Thesis Seminar) of thesis project plan according to thesis guidelines and a written report.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be able to:

Knowledge

  • Demonstrate insights into the interdisciplinary field of disaster risk management (DRM)
  • Have a thorough understanding of research processes from identifying the nature of a research problem, formulating research questions and translating these into research objectives in a DRM context
  • Understand and relate critically to state-of-the art knowledge in the chosen research area   
  • Understand the value of an appropriate choice and use of specific research methods

 Skills

  • Demonstrate proper use of selected research methods
  • Identify and collect necessary data/information and critically analyse, review and interpret own research in the context of existing literature in the research field.
  • Communicate research findings and conclusions clearly, correctly and concisely according to academic standards

Competences

  • Develop and present well-argued and referenced recommendations as to future practice(s) in the field of DRM field.
  • Where relevant in the research process, participate professionally in interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration with a view to enhance knowledge and practices in the field of DRM.  

Part time Master and Diploma courses

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Guidance
  • 30
  • Seminar
  • 12
  • Preparation
  • 28
  • Project work
  • 480
  • English
  • 550