Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City, Grafton, Newmarket
Points
120 or 180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught options available

Programme overview

Focusing on the major issues of disaster resilience and risk reduction, the MDisMgt equips you with the applicable skills to confidently solve complex problems in high pressure environments.

We implement a holistic approach to disaster management, and provide the knowledge needed to plan frameworks, create policies, and device solutions. A compulsory component of this programme is a research project, where you will demonstrate the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to independently approach a real-world issue in a disaster setting.

This programme draws on expertise from across the University. Beyond the Faculty of Engineering’s world-class academic roster, you’ll be able to learn from experts from Science, Architecture and Planning, Development Studies and Environmental Law. Our students come from a broad range of disciplines – though they vary in experience, they share a common goal to help communities prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters.

Programme structure

This flexible programme is offered as both a 120 point and 180 point degree.

The 120 point programme is designed for students who have already completed the equivalent of a full-time year of postgraduate study.

Students completing a 180 point programme must take 60 points (four, instead of two) of electives from the same set of approved courses. 

The programme includes three core courses addressing key topics within the field, including disaster risk management, disaster management and resilience, project management and one 45 point research project that stretches over two semesters – here, you will address a topic relevant to disaster management.

A variety of electives to suit your schedule and interests are available from a range of disciplines including Engineering, Population Health, Development Studies and Law.

Taught (120 points)

Compulsory 90 points

  • Code:
    DISMGT 704 A&B
    Name:
    Research Project
    Type:
    Research project
    Points:
    45 pts
  • Code:
    CIVIL 703
    Name:
    Project Management
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    DISMGT 701
    Name:
    Disaster Risk Management
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    DISMGT 703
    Name:
    Disaster Management and Resilience
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts

Electives 30 points

  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Taught (180 points)

Compulsory 90 points

  • Code:
    DISMGT 704 A&B
    Name:
    Research Project
    Type:
    Research project
    Points:
    45 pts
  • Code:
    CIVIL 703
    Name:
    Project Management
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    DISMGT 701
    Name:
    Disaster Risk Management
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    DISMGT 703
    Name:
    Disaster Management and Resilience
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts

Electives 90 points

  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Subjects available in this programme

  • Disaster Management

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelors (honours) degree

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelors degree

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a bachelors (honours) degree in any discipline. You will need a GPA of 5.0 in 120 points above Stage III.

You must have completed a bachelors degree in any discipline. You will need a GPA of 5.0 in 120 points above Stage II.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in any discipline. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 5.0.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

How much does a Master of Disaster Management cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,543.20 – $17,205.60*
International students
NZ$39,853*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017
Semester Two 2018
4 July 2018

Start dates

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Other important dates

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If you're pursuing a 120 point pogramme, you will be required to undertake two of the following courses alongside your compulsory courses in order to complete the MDisMgt. 
 
For a 180 point MDisMgt, you will have to undertake six of the following courses alongside your compulsory courses to complete your programme.
 
Elective options
  • CIVIL 707 Construction Supply Chain Management (Semester One)
  • CIVIL 765 Infrastructure Asset Management (Semester Two)
  • DEVELOP 701 Development Praxis (Semester Two)
  • DEVELOP 702 Planning and Design of Transport Facilities (Semester One)
  • DEVELOP 710 Development Policies and Institutions (Semester Two)
  • EARTHSCI 705 Geohazards (Semester Two)
  • PROFCOUN 707 Specialist Counselling Skills and Approaches (Semester Two)
  • POPHLTH 715 Global Public Health (Semester Two)
  • POPHLTH 752 Case Studies in Global Health (Semester Two)
  • POPHLTH 760 Principles of Public Health (Semester Two)
  • SOCHLTH 732 Working with Grief and Loss (Semester Two)

Where could this programme take you?

Recent disasters have generated a need to gain expert and specialist knowledge for many professionals, making this a highly relevant programme. Disaster management is an inherently people-focused discipline, and our graduates have found work within the humanitarian field, as well as within governmental agencies.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Civil defence manager
  • Disaster resilience specialist
  • Disaster risk reduction specialist
  • Emergency preparedness specialist
  • Government policy adviser
  • Hazards analyst​
  • Humanitarian field worker

Ma Katrina completed a Master of Disaster Management. She now works as a Transport Sector Analyst in the Phillipines.

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