Contents and Facts

Every year we witness or experience images of loss and destruction caused by natural or technological hazards in a global scale. Socioeconomic changes as well as climate change are expected to influence the occurrence and magnitude of such events world-wide. Successful management and response of catastrophic events require a large number of interdisciplinary professionals. Moreover, in order to deal with the consequences of natural hazard and to reduce losses in the future efforts should concentrate not only in the phase following a disastrous event but also in the time before an event occurs by planning ahead for prevention and preparedness.

In this context, the University of Vienna is offering a new postgraduate course, starting in October 2015, targeting professionals with relevant background and experience. The goal of this course is to provide solid knowledge of the disaster management cycle (disaster response, relief and recovery, risk assessment, mitigation, prevention and preparedness) along with the relevant background knowledge, national and international research concepts and theories, training and improvement of competence in application of relevant methods. 

 

ECTS Workload

An ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) point describes the typical workload students should take into account to accomplish certain study goals. One ECTS-point equals a workload of 25 working hours for an average student. (This workload includes time spent in lectures, time spent on homework, time spent interning (if applicable), study time and examination time. The 25-hour Workload per ECTS is an estimate of the average time an average student needs to complete certain study goals, it is not equal to the actual time a student may or may not need to complete these goals.