The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online

Duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
Duration

0.5 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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UON program code: 40019
CRICOS code: 090807D

Study Disaster Risk Reduction

This program is delivered through CIFAL Newcastle, a United Nations training centre with a focus on disaster resilience and sustainable development, which is hosted at the University of Newcastle. The United Nations has partnered with the University to develop the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction. The program provides graduates with the knowledge to manage the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) process across all sectors of society.

If you work in a role that relates to risk assessment and management and business continuity, or if you are considering this as a career path, then the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction is relevant to you. All industries are impacted by disasters and must implement strategies to manage risk, speed up recovery and improve resilience. Even if you are experienced in this field, this program can increase your professional capacity in relation to the latest Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) practices.

Why study with us?

  • Receive UN co-certification – complete courses that are co-certified by both the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
  • Direct engagement with UNISDR resources - receive training aligned with the Sendai Framework – the United Nation’s global strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Be recognised Internationally - our School of Architecture and Built Environment is in the top 100 in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject list (2018).
  • Flexible study options – our advanced online learning system, together with that of UNITAR provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study.
  • $25,000 scholarships – if you are an Australian emergency management volunteer you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Australian government.

What you will study

Students of the program engage fundamental disaster risk concepts, and receive training in the use of the most globally adopted DRR tools and protocols, some of these through direct engagement with UNITAR and UNISDR resources. UNISDR is the UN agency with responsibility to foster the change needed to meet the recommendations of the Sendai framework.

Core courses:

  • Theory and Practice of Disaster Management
  • Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Management
  • Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Management
  • Professional Practice in Disaster Management

Entry options and duration

This program recognises prior learning. Admission is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification

Number of years relevant industry experience

Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate in a related field of study

Zero


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle has entered into a strategic relationship with UNITAR, and now hosts CIFAL Newcastle, an international training centre with a special focus on disaster risk reduction (DRR). As a result of this partnership, University of Newcastle graduates will be well positioned to move into organisations who require experts to specialise in, or have knowledge of DRR.

Government organisations, private enterprises, non-governmental organisations, and not-for-profit will all require such professionals, as the Sendai framework begins to generate changes in practice. Risk-related industries such as insurance, will also require a strong knowledge of DRR of their professionals.

This qualification has wide appeal, and is suitable for those pursuing a career where they are responsible for business continuity and human safety such as a:

  • risk manager
  • compliance officer
  • local government officer
  • WHS coordinator