Master of Disaster Risk Management and Development

Gain the skills to tackle increasingly complex disaster risks, both now and in the future, and research a topic of your interest.

Develop advanced disaster risk management knowledge and skills to reduce disaster risks, build community resilience, and manage disaster response and recovery.

The Master of Disaster Risk Management and Development aligns with global and national best practice, and is ideal if you’re passionate about sustainable development, community resilience or humanitarian response. It’s also a good fit if you’re already working in the field and need a tertiary-level qualification.

Start date: 2021

Minimum entry requirements

Completed one of the following; or equivalent:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a B grade or higher in papers at a level 7 or equivalent
  • In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the requirements above, but who has an appropriate combination of academic and professional experience, may be considered for admission

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Submit evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level in this field
  • Provide evidence of current professional practice
  • May be required to complete relevant prerequisite papers as specified by the Board of Studies

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0

English language requirements

Explore topics like disasters and development, environmental change and humanitarian action, building community resilience, and communications in emergency and disaster.

You also research a topic of your interest and complete either a thesis, or a dissertation or practice project.

The programme focuses on diverse themes like socially and culturally appropriate approaches to disaster risk management, resilience-building in the face of climate change, as well as improved building codes and better ecosystem protection to reduce disaster risk and support sustainable development.

All courses are offered via flexible learning, which involves block course on campus and online, or blended learning.

Complete 60 points from

And choose one of the following

Option A

Complete either a practice project or dissertation (60 points)

And 60 points from

Option B

Complete a thesis

And 30 points from

Other relevant optional papers may be available, with the approval of the programme leader. Optional papers may be selected from other relevant subject areas.

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Disaster Risk Management and Development are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

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Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3930
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1.5 years full-time / part-time available
Campus:
South Campus
Starts:
22 Feb 2021
12 Jul 2021
Fees:
Domestic
$8,711
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2020. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for beyond 2020, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$36,895
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2020. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for beyond 2020, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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