A description of our postgraduate diploma course that ACDS provide to prospective undertakers

What this course offers

Climate change and disasters are significantly affecting the way in which we live, develop, plan and interact. Research suggests that the current development trajectory of Earth will greatly be determined by the adaptive capacities of humans. Moreover, issues of climate change and disaster risks impact on development gains and influences almost all disciplines and professional constituencies.

This prestigious postgraduate diploma (NQF Level 8, 120 credits) aims to address issues of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation through a multi- and transdisciplinary perspective. The aim of this qualification is to provide adult learners with specialised skills which will enable them to apply disaster risk reduction within their specific discipline or area of speciality. This transdisciplinary diploma was developed by the African Centre for Disaster Studies drawing on over a decade of active involvement in practice and research. It is our belief that  this qualification will enable learners from various disciplines to enter (or more effectively continue in) the international employment market. Learners will gain valuable knowledge and skills which will prepare them for a career in international humanitarian and development organisations (such as the Red Cross, CARE, World Vision, Oxfam and Save the Children to name but a few), enter the international public management domain (e.g. various UN agencies such as UNDP, UNEP, UNISDR, UNWOMEN, UNESCO, OCHA etc.) or more effectively apply disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation within their own discipline or professional working environment.

Who should enroll
  • Sociology
  • Development studies
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Hydrology
  • Environmental management
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Anthropology
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Political sciences
  • Communication sciences
  • Psycho-social workers
  • Development planners
  • Humanitarian workers
  • Engineers
  • Extension workers
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters and related services
  • Community workers
  • Communication specialists including the media
  • International public servants
Programme outcomes

In this programme the student will experience that the discipline of Disaster Risk Studies equips students with knowledge and professional management skills to make significant contributions to a fast changing world. It also offers students analytical and research skills that may put him/her in demand in the labour market or in a position to work autonomously. While the course can be done in 1 year full time or 2 years part time it is a campus-based course and is not yet available for distance study.

Admission requirements
  • A B-degree, Advanced Diploma, or its equivalent (NQF Level 7 qualification).
  • Candidates that do not comply with this minimum requirement may apply to the Director of the African Centre for Disaster Studies for an interview by an admissions panel. The panel is compiled by the Director of the African Centre for Disaster Studies and may consider admission in light of the interview and other relevant considerations.
  • A limited number of candidates will be admitted to the programme annually, depending upon the availability of the personnel capacity of the African Centre for Disaster Studies. All applications will be strictly judged according to academic merit. All admitted candidates must attend an introductory and orientation meeting at the Potchefstroom Campus on a date determined by the Director of the African Centre for Disaster Studies.
  • Please visit this link for information on enrolling for a postgraduate qualification at the North-West University.