Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 5 Feb 2018
  • Trimester 2 - 21 May 2018
  • Trimester 3 - 3 Sep 2018
  • Trimester 1 - 5 Feb 2018
  • Trimester 2 - 21 May 2018
  • Trimester 3 - 3 Sep 2018
Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
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Duration

2 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face

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

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UON program code: 40115
CRICOS code: 095159B

Study Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

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 Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development. Students in this program develop the best practice knowledge and skills needed to implement the new UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The program equips people from diverse backgrounds to understand resilience and sustainable development principles, and systematically apply them to avoid disasters, operate through extreme events and emerge better placed to face the future.

Organisations around the world are realising that by championing sustainable development, they can not only save lives and revenue, but also achieve a competitive advantage and lead the way within their industry. They seek to become more resilient in the face of disasters by mitigating risks and reducing their impact. If your role involves identifying, mitigating and managing business, safety or environmental risks – or if you aspire to such a position – this program will place you at the forefront of your field

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 40 in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject list (2015).
  • 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

This the first and only degree to contain UN co-certification in the use of tools and frameworks central to disaster preparedness, reconstruction and resilience building.

It contains core elements related to disaster resilience and sustainable development that are underpinned by a practical grounding and application of the UN-SDGs and Sendai Framework and the development of disaster management skills.

Core courses include:

  • Theory and Practice of Disaster Management
  • Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management
  • Disaster Management Economics
  • Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda
  • Professional Practice in Disaster Management
  • Professional Practice Research Project

Depending on your entry level, you will also complete between one and eight courses from a list of directed courses. These include courses in community development, sustainable development, and related areas of:

  • project management
  • law
  • business management
  • property
  • environmental management
  • social sciences
  • social work

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 tables below outline the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification

Number of years relevant industry experience

Units required to complete Masters

A three year bachelor degree

One

120: 80 units core courses + 40 units directed

Educational Qualification

Number of years relevant industry experience

Units required to complete Masters

A three year bachelor degree

Five

80 of core courses

A four year bachelor (hons) degree

Zero

80 of core courses

A three year bachelor degree plus a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma

Zero

80 of core courses

Educational Qualification

Number of years relevant industry experience

Units required to complete Masters

A three year bachelor degree PLUS the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

Zero

80 units: 40 units of core courses + 40 units directed courses

A four year bachelor (hons) degree PLUS the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

Zero

80 units: 40 units of core courses + 40 units directed courses

Educational Qualification

Number of years relevant industry experience

Units required to complete Masters

Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree

Five

160 units: 80 units of core courses + 80 units of directed courses

A three year bachelor degree

Zero

160 units: 80 units of core courses + 80 units of directed courses

Educational Qualification

Units required to complete Masters

Applicants holding an advanced diploma or associate degree which is not accompanied by employment in a disaster-relevant role or work experience are eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction. Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students will be eligible for admission to the Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development with 40 units credit

160 units: 40 units core courses + 80 units directed courses + 40 units credit from Graduate Certificate


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 Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development is designed to appeal to those in management positions in private and public sector organisations, as well as those in NGOs and civil society, whose work involves resilience-building through the mitigation of impacts arising out of extreme events, which can be as varied as natural disasters, data breaches, political instability, terror attacks or health epidemics.

The term 'Resilience Officer' is being increasingly used by organisations to describe this role, though many have yet to embrace the terminology. Nevertheless, elements of this job role will be familiar to those who work in local government, planning and implementing strategies for town planning, urban and rural development, community safety and service continuity in times of emergency.

In the private sector this is mirrored by business continuity, environmental protection, risk management, disaster recovery planning, emergency and crisis management and workplace health and safety functions. Given the financial implications posed by risk, this program is also highly relevant to those managing and minimising risk and insurance cover.

There is also clear alignment between those employed in the emergency services and the planning and implementation of risk mitigation programs, and this is mirrored in the NGO and voluntary sectors including community-based organisations.