The regulations for the Master of Science Degree hereinafter referred to as the Master of Science in Disaster Management (MSc DM) complement but are subordinate to the University General Academic Regulations for Master’s Degree by Coursework, hereinafter referred to as the General Academic Regulations.

Duration of Programme and Delivery Systems

The Programme consisting of coursework shall normally be completed over a maximum period of 24 months on a part-time block-release basis. The academic year shall begin in July/August. On a block release basis, delivery shall be allocated as follows:

First Year:

Part I, Block One, 4 Modules
Part II, Block Two, 4 Modules

Second Year:

Part III, Block Three, 4 Modules
Part IV, Block Four, Dissertation

Therefore the Programme shall consist of twelve (12) Modules and a Dissertation.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into the MSc Programme, a candidateshould normally hold an honours degree in Development Studies or equivalent from a recognised university;


Hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university, plus a Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Management or equivalent

NOTE: All Short-listed candidates for admission to the MSc in Disaster Management Programme shall be interviewed as part of the selection process.


The Disaster Management MSc degree is designed to equip you with the skills needed to practice emergency planning, disaster preparedness and manage the response to social, technological and natural disasters. You will gain an understanding of disasters, environmental hazards, operational and crisis management, resilience building and activities carried out during recovery from major incidents and emergencies. The programme provides skills that are essential for the co-ordination of complex emergency and disaster situations that threaten complex societies such as those of African countries. Specifically, it aims to blend practical work experience with the theoretical aspects underpinning development studies. Whilst students also develop highly transferable skills that are much sought after by employers.

First Block

MDM5101 Hazards, Disasters & the Zimbabwe Emergency Management System
MDM5102 Disaster Vulnerability and Risk Management
MDM5103 Disaster Education
MDM5104 Media Management and Disaster Risk Communication

Second Block

MDM5201 Earth Sciences and Natural Disasters
MDM5202 Technological Disasters
MDM5203 Business Continuity Management
MDM5204 Research Methods

Third Block

MDM5301 Geographical Information Systems for Disaster Risk Management
MDM5302 Emergency Planning, Exercise Design & Evaluation
MDM5303 Public Health Issues in Disaster Management
MDM5304 Disaster Risk and Emergency Management Regulation

Fourth Block

MDM5400 Dissertation

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