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Masters Programme in Disaster and Climate Risk Assessments for Sustainability (Self-Financed) (One Year)

Location: Mumbai

School: Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

Intake: 20



Climate change has magnified disaster risks and reactive ways of responding to disasters are no longer sufficient. The global awareness and push towards more proactive and pre-emptive aspects of disaster risk reduction, and adaptation to climate change is the need of the hour.

The proposed programme will build knowledge, perspectives, skills, and competencies among the participants to address risk problems, develop the ability for critical reflection on causative factors that generate risks, how they are perceived differently by diverse constituencies and how they are acknowledged and communicated or under-played. Students will learn to use data analytics and technological tools used in risk analysis, to understand, describe and evaluate risks at the geographic and infrastructural levels.

The programme aims to hone new talent and create a brand of professionals committed to disaster risk reduction and minimising impacts of disasters and climate risks. It offers a blend of theory, research and praxis carefully curated by JTSDS faculty and duly supported by practitioners from reputed organizations- many of whom would be involved in teaching. The internship is an immersive experience and will provide a guided exposure to field realities. This experiential learning plays a pivotal role in the programme.

The programme will enable learners to engage with contemporary debates around risk and its assessment, through with a variety of scholarly readings, and also offers them an opportunity to make an original contribution to the emerging domain. The programme is based on the firm belief that robust and well-rounded risk assessment approaches will serve as a fulcrum for public policy that will enable global disaster risk reduction and climate preparedness.

Objectives of the Programme

  1. Building knowledge, skills, competencies and capacities among the participants around issues related to risk assessment
  2. Developing the ability for critical reflection on causative factors that generate risks, risk perception and risk communication
  3. Learning to use methodologies and tools for risk analysis- to understand, describe and evaluate risk.
  4. Enabling a cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer around the idea of risk
  5. Encouraging creativity and innovation among participants by solving real life problems during the programme

Distribution of Credit Hours:


Semester Course Credits
First Core Courses (Disciplinary) 10
Specialization courses (Disciplinary) 4
Field Work and Internship 8
Second Core Courses (Disciplinary) 10
Specializations (Disciplinary) 2
Research 6
Total Credits 40


Semesterwise Courses:


SEMESTER Course Title Credits
First Understanding Risk 2
Introduction to Risk Assessment 2
Risk and Vulnerabilities 2
Introduction to Data Analytics for Risk Assessment 4
Urban Risk Assessment 2
Technologies in Disaster Risk Assessment 2
Internship 8
Total credits for semester 1 22
Second Advances in Hazard Specific Risk Assessment 2
Advanced Data Analytics in Risk Assessment 2
Risk Communication for Enhanced Preparedness (Elective)* 2
Risk Transfer Mechanisms and Risk Financing 2
Public Policy and Governance for Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction 2
Geo-Spatial Technologies in Disaster Risk Assessment 2
Sustainability & Risk Management (Elective) * 2
Research 6
  Total credits of semester 2 18
  Total Credits for one Year Masters’ Programme 40


Note: *Students will chose a minimum of one elective (Programme Credit for the award of degree is 40 credits)

The total number of credits and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional and may undergo changes as per the UCG’s latest Curriculum and Credit Framework for PG Programmes.


Fee Structure:


*This is a self-financed programme; no fee concession or waivers are available.



Master’s Programme in Disaster and Climate Risk Assessments for Sustainability (Self-Financed) (One Year)

Fees Sem I Sem II
FEE Tuition Fee 50,000 50,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 6,000 0
IT Charges 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 5,000 5,000
Lab / Studio Fund 5,000 5,000
Development Fund 50,000 50,000
Students' Union Fund * 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500
Health Care Fund* 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 1,35,500 1,15,500
  Yearly Fees 2,51,000
  Total Course Fee 2,51,000
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.