SDMM08007U Master's Thesis, Disaster Management

Volume 2015/2016

Master of Disaster Management - compulsory

Learning Outcome

On completion of the thesis, students should be able to:


  • demonstrate insights into the research process from identifying the nature of a research problem, formulating research questions and translating these into research objectives
  • understand the value of the choice of appropriate research methods



  • Collect necessary data/information and critically analyse, review and interpret own research in the context of existing literature.
  • As part of the thesis writing process give a short thesis presentation, highlighting research problems and questions, research objectives, methods and main findings, conclusion and possible recommendations - as well as discussing critical questions and remarks regarding the findings and conclusions.


  • Develop and present well-argued and referenced recommendations as to future practice(s) in a given field.
  • Where relevant, include proper communication with and feedback to study objects and local authorities on research results including practical policy implications (if research is based on local data) with a view to contribute to improvements at the local level.
  • Provide critical and constructive feedback to fellow students on their theses.
Research Design or Research Methodology & Ethics
Supervision according to thesis guidelines
Only available for students enrolled in the entire programme.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Guidance
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 28
  • Project work
  • 480
  • Seminar
  • 12
  • Total
  • 550
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Participation in oral presentation (Thesis Seminar) of thesis project plan according to thesis guidelines and a written report.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be able to:

- Refer to learning Outcomes