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Master of Arts / Master of Science in Disaster Management)

Location: Mumbai

School: Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

Intake: 35



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 four 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:

Year Course Credits

Foundation Courses 4
Core Courses (Disciplinary) 30
Field Work and Internship 6

Core Courses (Disciplinary) 4
Specializations (Disciplinary Elective Courses) 12
Fieldwork / Internship 6
Research Dissertation 6
Total Credits


Semesterwise Courses:

Semester Course Code Course Title Credits

FC Foundation Courses 4
MDM 01 Disasters, Hazards and Extreme Events 2
MDM 02 Disasters, Vulnerability and Risk 2
MDM 03 Ecosystems and Habitat 2
MDM 04 Policy, Institutions, Governance and Disaster Management 2
MDM 05 Research Methodology I 2
MDM 06 Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS 2
MDM 09 Emergency Response and Management 2
MDM 36 Field Work 2
  Group Lab Sessions/Simulation Exercises -
  Research Tutorials -
II MDM 07 Disasters and Development 2
MDM 08 Disaster Risk Reduction and Development Planning 2
MDM 10 Disaster Recovery 2
MDM 11 Research Methodology II 2
MDM 12 Introduction to Conflict 2
MDM 13 Introduction to Public Health and Mental Health in Disasters 2
MDM 15 Introduction to Technologies for Disaster Management 2
MDM 17 Project Management in Disaster Context 2
CBCS Elective Foundation 2
CBCS Open Elective 2
MDM 37 Internship I 4
III MDM 14 Economics of Disasters and Disaster Finance 2
MDM 16 Transboundary Governance and Humanitarian Action 2
  Specialization Courses (4 or 5) 8
MDM 38 Internship II 6
  Research Tutorials -
IV MDM 39 Research Dissertation (Coordination) 6
  Specialization Courses (1 or 2 Courses) 4
  Block Internship (Optional) --



Semester Course Code Course Title Credits

Specialization 1:

Disaster Policy and Action


MDM 18 Public Policy and Social Advocacy 2
MDM 19 Advanced Course in Disaster Recovery 2
MDM 20 Built Environment, Disasters and Planning 2
MDM 22 Emergency Response and Supply Chain Management 2
IV MDM 21 Ecology, Adaptive Management and Disasters 2
  MDM 23 Conflict, Peace and Humanitarian Crisis 2

Specialization 2:

Disasters and Development

III MDM 24 Advanced Course on Disasters and Development 2
MDM 25 Culture and Disasters 2
MDM 26 Advanced Course in Social Research in Disaster Studies 2
MDM 27 Theoretical Foundations of Disaster Economics and Finance 2
IV MDM 28 Risk Economics and Public Finance 2
  MDM 29 Disasters and Wellbeing 2

Specialization 3:

Technologies for Disaster Management 
III MDM 31 Hazard Monitoring, Early Warning Systems (EWS) and Co-ordinated Action 2
MDM 32 Digital Image Processing and Spatial Analysis 2
MDM 33 Applications of Geoinformatices in Disaster Studies 2
MDM 34 Geoinformatics in Preparedness and Response 2
IV MDM 30 Geospatial Hydrology in Disaster Management 2
  MDM 35 Geospatial Technologies in Hazard, Vulnerability, and Risk Mapping 2


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.

Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.



Fee Structure:


Components MA./M.Sc. In Disaster Management
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 6,000 0 0 0
IT Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 7,000 7,000 0
Lab / Studio Fund 6,000 0 0 0
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500 0 0
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0    
  Semester wise Course Fee 57,500 28,500 40,000 21,000
  Yearly Fees 86,000 61,000
  Total Course Fee 1,47,000
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.