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What will I learn?

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.

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.

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

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.

Accelerated degree options available based on individual student backgrounds.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

CRICOS

095159B

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,730.00 (20,52,775) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

22 August 2022

Venue

University of Newcastle

Callaghan Campus,

University Drive,

CALLAGHAN,

New South Wales,

2308, NEWCASTLE, Australia

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,730.00 (20,52,775) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

22 August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission into the 80-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent: Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or Bachelor Honours Degree; or Bachelor Degree in a related field plus one year’s relevant work experience; or Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' relevant work experience. For admission into the 120-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent: Bachelor Degree in a related field; or At least seven years’ relevant work experience. TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL internet-based score of 79; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5; PTE GSE score of 58; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 58.

For international students

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.

TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL internet based score of 79; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5; PTE GSE score of 58; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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