Management of Development - Disaster Risk Management

SubjectManagement, Social Sciences


Type of DegreeMSc

EU FeesEUR 14,250


Cost non-EUEUR 14,250

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Master in Management of Development

The Master in Management of Development (MSc) is designed for mid-career development professionals, with a background in rural development or agriculture. This top-rated programme is renowned for its international learning environment, team projects and linking theory and practice. Relevant work experience is essential to the course, as students contribute and use their previously obtained know-how. Graduates are competent rural development professionals prepared to support service delivery organisations, private and government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) or other development-related organisations in the area of food and nutrition security, disaster risk management, social inclusion, gender and youth.

So, if you wish to gain insight into the living conditions and survival strategies of those at risk of becoming excluded and to become equipped to translate this insight into organisational policies and strategies, then join the Management of Development programme.

Study Programme

The one-year Master in Management of Development consists of a 9-month taught programme and a 3-month thesis research project. It involves a series of modules that strengthen competencies, including disciplinary knowledge and expertise and professional skills and attitude. Modules cover topics such as development studies, management theories, communication and leadership, capacity building and qualitative research.

In addition, each specialisation goes in-depth on contemporary issues and the most effective ways of implementing structures within an organisation, covering issues such as social inclusion, food security, entrepreneurship, communication and participation. Graduates will be able to organise and facilitate processes of innovation and change, addressing gender differences, youth unemployment, food shortages, migration, social conflicts and competing claims on natural resources.

Disaster Risk Management

In this specialisation one of the key development challenges of our time is the increasing number of people placed at risk of crises and disasters; people’s vulnerability increases due to shocks and trends as a result of natural and man-made hazards. The number, complexity and impact of disasters are increasing which heightens the need for better disaster man­agement.

Disaster Risk Management (DRM) has become one of the cornerstones of interna­tional development: there is an urgency to reduce disaster losses and a need to minimize the impact of disasters on sustainable development. Disasters are, in essence, the result of poorly managed risks and human failure to introduce appropriate risk reduction measures. Effective crises and disaster responses, therefore, demand a shift away from reactive Emergency Relief to pro-active Disaster Risk Reduction.

DRM combines the concept of response and recovery (in the post-disaster phase) with the concept of prevention, mitigation and preparedness (the pre-disaster phase). Graduates will be better able to respond to natural and man-made disasters in increasingly complex and dynamic environments. In the context of increasing climate variability and climate change (slow-onset disasters), this specialisation pays attention to linking Disaster Risk Reduction with Climate Change Adaptation.

Additionally, the specialisation touches on conflict, making the course also relevant for those working in tense and conflict-affected regions. Central to the DRM specialisation is the focus on reducing the negative impact of disaster and conflict on peoples’ lives and livelihoods and to build people’s resilience to disasters, crises and conflict.

Entry requirements

You need to have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field. We also require two years of relevant work experience in middle or higher management positions. In case a prospective student has less than two years of experience, his request for enrolment will be discussed by the Student Service Centre. Applicants from non-English speaking countries need to prove their English proficiency by providing a TOEFL, ELTS or Cambridge certificate.


This Master Programme is eligible for the OKP scholarship which is targeted at professionals from selected non-EU countries who, after their studies in Holland, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work. 

Meet Van Hall Larenstein

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

Upcoming open days:

  • 16th February 2019

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