Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction

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Postgraduate Degree


Natural and human created disasters can have a serious impact on people, societies and infrastructure. Proper management of disaster related situations requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and talents. This degree aims to give students a firm grounding in disaster management and provide them with the skills to address a variety of issues which could potentially arise.

Through a project management framework students will undertake studies to develop skills in disaster preparedness and reconstruction. Graduates will be able to assess the risk posed by potential disasters and help prepare accordingly as well as undertaking roles in post disaster reconstruction. Students will also develop project management skills to manage timelines, budgets and reflection. Students will develop skills in both large and small scale emergency and disaster response giving them a variety of employment pathways.

The Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is a specialist degree. Experience in project management or the built environment such as construction or engineering would be helpful in graduate employment and entry into the degree.

The Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is offered online over 3 trimesters or the part time equivalent. Regarding accreditation, the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment will seek endorsement by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) following successful completion of the program by its first graduates.

View our Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction in the Program Handbook and the online prospectus What Can I Study?.

Sample Jobs

The following list provides some example jobs for Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction graduates. The various types of jobs will depend upon the previous qualifications and the level of experience gained in particular industries prior to graduating.


Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.


Sample Employers

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.


Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.


  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs