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.
Completed one of the following; or equivalent:
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 either a practice project or dissertation (60 points)
And 60 points from
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.
The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Disaster Risk Management and Development are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.
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