Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Risk Studies and Development (DRSD)
This cross-disciplinary one-year programme aims to provide students with an integrated understanding of disaster risk and its implications for sustainable development in Africa, with a strong but not exclusive foscus on South Africa.
It focuses on understanding the interactions between social and physical risk producing processes and builds students' capacity to plan and implement comprehensive risk reduction measures. It provides a grounding for multiple career paths, including teaching, research and practice.
- The conceptualization of disaster risk and risk reduction
- Disaster risk as a developmental issue
- Community risk assessment
The programme is endorsed by the Disaster Managment Institute of South Africa (DMISA). Successful participants can earn 12 CPD points.
- Disaster Risk Science and Development
- Community Risk Assessment, and
- Risk and Development
- Development Planning
- Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Cities
- Environmental governance
The programme is taught in hybrid mode, and combines in-person and online teaching. Students are expected to be in Stellenbosch for 4 6-day contact blocks (1 contact block per module) over the course of the year. Students cannot successfully undertake the programme without attending these in-person blocks.
INFORMATION ON APPLYING
Bursaries and loans
Dr. Robyn Pharoah, Programme Co-ordinator
Tel.: (021) 808 9492