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Program Code40115

Program handbook

Description

The Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development program is underpinned by the 2030 Development Agenda (United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals) which includes global resolutions on climate change, disaster risk reduction and partnerships for development funding. The core of this program focuses on disaster risk reduction and sustainable development whilst acknowledging climate change and sustainable finance for development through its directed course options. Students are exposed to the full range of UN frameworks, tools and metrics necessary to plan and manage the implementation of resilient development strategies.Graduates of specific courses containing UN-related tools and training receive UN certification in addition to their University of Newcastle testamur.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Applied a range of analytical and problem solving skills to deal with issues in the practice of disaster risk reduction and management, accommodating the precepts of the UN sustainable development goals.
  • Analysed legislative, policy and procedural influences upon disaster risk reduction actions in the context of public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations, accommodating the precepts of the UN sustainable development goals.
  • Developed resilient organisational strategies in the context of disaster risk reduction and management, accommodating the precepts of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Program code40115
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

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Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 2 years full-time.

Accelerated options available

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CRICOS Code095159B

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Admission information

Admission requirements

There are four pathways into the Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development (MDRSD) program:

1. Direct entry into the MDRSD program (120 units) is available for applicants who have:

  • a three year bachelor degree and a minimum of one year of work experience in a role that is deemed to be disaster-relevant

2. Direct entry into the MDRSD program (80 units) is available for applicants who have:

  • a three year bachelor degree and five years' work experience in a role that is deemed to be disaster-relevant; or
  • a four year honours bachelor degree, or a three year bachelor degree plus a relevant graduate certificate or graduate diploma

3. Direct entry into the MDRSD program (80 units) is available for applicants who have:

  • a three year bachelor degree and five years' work experience in a role that is deemed to be disaster-relevant plus the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction
  • a four year honours bachelor degree, or a three year bachelor degree plus the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

4. Direct entry into the MDRSD program (160 units) is available for applicants who have:

  • an advanced diploma or associate degree and five years' work experience in a role that is deemed to be disaster-relevant; or
  • a three year bachelor degree which is not accompanied by employment in a disaster-relevant role or work experience

5. Indirect entry into the MDRSD program via the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction (GCDRR). Upon completion of the GCDRR, students would be eligible for admission into the MDRSD program (160 units) with 40 units of credit. This entry path is available for applicants who have:

  • an advanced diploma or associate degree which is not accompanied by employment in a disaster-relevant role or work experience.

Relevant work experience will be assessed using the following information:

  • An applicant statement detailing current role and work experience that is disaster-related
  • A statement of service relating to disaster-related employment
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Professional recognition

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

This program is certified by the Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders (CIFAL) Newcastle, in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

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

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

This program comprises 160 units, 80 units of which are core courses and 80 units of which are directed courses. None of the core courses have prerequisites so can therefore be taken in any order without detriment to progress.

Pathway 1:

Students entering the MDRSD with

  • a three year bachelor degree and a minimum of one year of relevant work experience

must complete 120 units: 80 units of core courses and 40 units of directed courses.

Pathway 2:

Students entering the MDRSD with

  • a three year bachelor degree and five years' work experience in a role that is deemed to be disaster-relevant, or
  • a four year honours bachelor degree. or
  • a three year bachelor degree plus a relevant graduate certificate or graduate diploma

must complete 80 units of core courses.

Pathway 3:

Students entering the MDRSD with

  • a three year bachelor degree and five years' work experience in a role that is deemed to be disaster-relevant plus the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction, or
  • a four year honours bachelor degree plus the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reducation, or
  • a three year bachelor degree plus the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

must complete 80 units: 40 units of core courses and 40 units of directed courses.

Pathway 4:

Students entering the MDRSD program with

  • an advanced diploma or associate degree and five years' work experience in a role that is deemed to be disaster-relevant, or
  • a three year bachelor degree which is not accompanied by employment in a disaster-relevant role or work experience

must complete 160 units: 80 units of core courses and 80 units of directed courses.

Pathway 5:

Students who hold an advanced diploma or associate degree (and no relevant 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 MDRSD. Upon admission to the masters program, students will be required to complete a further 120 units comprised of 40 units of core courses and 80 units of directed courses.


Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Additional Documents" section, in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Central.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ARBE6408Professional Practice Research Project
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6601Theory and Practice of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6605Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6606Disaster Resilience Economics
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6607Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6608Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6609Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6614Professional Practice in Disaster Risk Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses

Students complete between 0 and 80 units of directed courses depending on their admission pathway.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR6004Community Development
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6403Project Communication
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6404Project Procurement, Cost, Quality and Risk Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6406Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6510Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6525Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6530Environmental Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6545Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
GEOS6161Spatial Science
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
GEOS6350Advanced Remote Sensing Data and Applications
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6001Managing Under Uncertainty
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (UNCIE)
10 units
GSBS6007Managing Human Resources in International Organisations
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
10 units
GSBS6012Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6040Human Resource Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
10 units
GSBS6190Human Resource and Organisational Development
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6484Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
INFO6090Business Intelligence for the Enterprise
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (UNCIE)
10 units
INFT6060The Digital Economy
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
INFT6304Project Planning and Management
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (UNCIE)
10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Winter - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
LEGL6004Law for Workplace Health and Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6190Gender and Social ChangeNot currently offered10 units
SOCA6240Project Design and Evaluation
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6590Environmental Justice
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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