The Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma hereinafter referred to as the Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Management (PGDDM) complement but are subordinate to the University General Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Diploma 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 14 months on an intensive part-time block-release basis. The academic year shall normally begin in July/August.

On a block release basis, delivery shall be allocated as follows:

First Year

Part I Block One 6 Modules
Part II Block Two 6 Modules

Second Year

Part III Block Three Dissertation

The Programme will be divided into 30-day sessions spread over two blocks. Six modules will be covered in each block. Each module shall be taught for a total of 40 contact hours i.e. five consecutive days of 8 hours each. Hence each block shall comprise 30 days. The last Block shall be a non-taught Block where Candidates will be required to submit a Dissertation after discussion sessions with their Supervisors. Therefore the Programme shall consist of twelve (12) taught Modules and a Dissertation.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Management Programme, a candidate should normally hold a first degree from a recognised university.
NOTE: All Short-listed candidates for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Management Programmeshall be interviewed as part of the selection process.


In a disaster scenario, the timely and coordinated activities of the responding agencies are crucial.The Diploma in Disaster Management Programme is intended for applicants who are already employed and involved in some disaster management activities but would like to develop knowledge and obtain formal qualifications and training in development management. This programme is also intended to increase awareness and preparedness for disaster management and improve job performance of all those involved in disaster management in Zimbabwe.

he Programme is divided into two semesters altogether lasting 14 months. The first and second semester are six weeks long and are devoted to the taught courses. Six modules will be covered in each session and one module will be covered per 5 day period. All modules taught in first two sessions will be examined.

First Block

PDD4101 Hazard, Vulnerability and Disasters
PDD4102 Sphere Project and Humanitarian Charter
PDD4103 Project Planning and Management
PDD4104 Disaster Information Management
PDD4105 Disaster Management Economics
PDD4106 Research Methods

Second Block

PDD4201 Disaster Management Policy and Legislation
PDD4202 Gender and Development
PDD4203 Emergency Response and Recovery Planning
PDD4204 Disaster Risk Reduction and Development Planning
PDD4205 Financial Management
PDD4206 Community Based Approaches in Disaster Management

Third Block

PDD4300 Dissertation

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