School: Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
The Master’s programme in Disaster Management, offered by the Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, aims at enhancing knowledge, capacities and skills, and perspective on disasters. While enabling an understanding of disasters from the vantage point of science and technology in prediction, mitigation and response, the programme also fosters a critical perspective on the notion of disaster and current approaches to disaster risk reduction, response and recovery. It seeks to locate these approaches within the framework of an understanding of questions of development, climate change; challenges related to globalisation; social, economic and environmental justice; and state and civil society dynamics. Students are required to select one of the 3 specialisations : 1.Disaster Policy and Action, 2. Disasters and Development 3. Technologies for Disaster Management before appearing for their personal interview. Click here for details of the specialisations and credit distribution
The programme flows from foundation and perspective courses to thematic and skill-related courses. The programme endeavours to cultivate appropriate values, a strong multidisciplinary knowledge base and skills essential for intervention in disasters and for reducing disaster risks. Students will have opportunities to deepen their focus through the choice of specialisation selected
The two-year programme includes intensive contact classes, together with supervised fieldwork and internships. Research dissertation is a compulsory component of the programme. The Institute offers a choice-based curriculum where the students are free to choose courses of eight credits from any other School or Centre of the Institute.
It also offers a multi-level entry–exit option where a student coming for the Master’s degree can obtain a Certificate in Disaster Management on completion of the stipulated requirements in the first semester. Students who wish to continue through with the next semester can obtain a Diploma towards the end of the first year, and the Master’s degree at the end of two years. Alternately, a Master’s student on completion of the Certificate/Diploma programme could exit and come back after a break (not exceeding 5 years from the date of admission to the programme), and join in for the second / third semester and complete the Master's programme.
As an emerging field, the need for qualified personnel within disaster management practice and research is high. Students who graduate with this degree will find opportunities in the disaster risk reduction and management sectors, and allied developmental sectors, in government and non-government organisations and consultancy firms. They could also go on to pursue research, training and teaching careers in disaster studies and allied areas.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Disaster Policy and Action
Disasters and Development
Note: **Subject to fulfilment of minimum criteria of intake prescribed by the school and availability of teachers. It cannot be guaranteed that all 3 specialisation/s while offered each year.
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