International Development Management - Disaster Risk Management

SubjectInternational Development, Environment


Type of DegreeBachelor

EU FeesEUR 2,314


Cost non-EUEUR 9,080

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Will you work towards a fair world?

How will you ensure sustainable development where everyone benefits without this resulting in the depletion of the earth? During your studies, you will learn how to use a practical approach to strike a balance between people, the earth and prosperity.

During your studies, you will be committed to the rebuilding of society following disasters, to building a better future for the rural population or you will contribute to fair economic chains from raw materials to consumers. In all cases, you will learn how to bring people together in various cultural and social environments, to defend interests, and to facilitate and supervise developments and innovation.

You do not do this from behind a desk, but you seek practical situations and direct contact with people.

Study programme

In the first year, you will gain an overview of the key areas in international development. These include sustainability, rural community development, project management and innovation.

The second year starts with an internship, followed by more academic training in food security, sustainable agriculture, inclusive entrepreneurship and building resilient communities.

The third year consists of a specialisation and an internship in Disaster Risk Management.

Increasing resilience for the future

Droughts, heat waves, floods and other disasters are happening more frequently and are increasing in severity. When they happen, they disrupt entire societies. In some regions, these disasters are more frequent than in others. How can you help societies get back on their feet quickly after a disaster, and in such a way that they are more resilient when the next disaster occurs?

Decisions taken immediately after a disaster have long-term consequences. If you choose this specialisation, you can help to ensure that the right decisions are made. You will have the knowledge to expertly assist communities to become stronger and more resilient in the face of man-made and natural disasters. You will analyse the causes of disasters and the vulnerability of a region to those disasters. You will gain an understanding of how regions can be built up again following a disaster. You will learn where to find the required expertise and how it can be deployed. Would you like to work on both the technical and social aspects of reconstruction? Then focusing on disaster risk management is perfect for you. 

In the final year, you will take a minor to diversify your experience and complete a graduation project.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to anyone with 3 A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Maths and Economics are recommended A' levels but not mandatory.

Meet Van Hall Larenstein


VHL offers many opportunities which are not commonly available in the UK. Since visiting the open day, I just knew that VHL was for me and from then I felt very satisfied with my decision to study at VHL. I would encourage students to visit the open day if they have the opportunity as it really confirmed VHL is the place for me.

Ella Peters

Coming to an Open Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Van Hall Larenstein and the "International Development Management" programme.

Upcoming open days:

  • 16th February 2019

Van Hall Larenstein also offers the "International Development Management" webinar, which you can access via the university's website. The next webinar takes place on 5th March 2019.

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