Risk Prevention and Disaster Management

The University of Vienna is offering a MSc-course on "Risk Prevention and Disaster Management" in close collaboration with the Austrian Ministry for Internal Affairs’ (Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior’s) Subunit for National Crisis and Disaster Management  (SKKM - Staatlichen Krisen- und Katastrophenschutzmanagement)

Shorter Certificate courses focusing on selected Modules of the Master course are also being offered.

Content and Goals

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 postgraduate course (next start: wintersemester 2018) 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. 

Short Facts

Academic degree
MSc - Master of Science
4 semester (extra occupational)
German (Level C1)
€ 12.500,-
Annually in October


Next Start in October 2021

All dates and the latest Information is now online! If you have any questions or would like to applicate for the next risk and prevention course, please contact us.


Excursion 2019

Excursion 2018

Graduation Ceremony 2017