Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction (Pre 2015)

Learn specialist skills in disaster management & preparation

Courses & Details

Program Code 12248
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 078117J
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to face on campus, and online.
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Further Information

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The links provided under "Further Information" are to be read in addition to the approved program documentation, detailed below.


PLEASE NOTE: This program is only available for currently enrolled students. No new applications for admission will be accepted. Prospective students looking to commence in 2015, please view the handbook entry for our new program: Master of Disaster Management and Preparedness (Program Code: 12410).

Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction requires planning, organising, and management resources to bring about the successful administration of a situation, post disaster. In recent years, there has been an increase in natural and human created disasters that have adversely impacted people and the Built Environment. The management of situations resulting from disasters requires a diversity of knowledge, skills and attitudes but it will ultimately draw on the field of project management for its practices. Effective Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction will help: -Address a situation from a natural or human created disaster; -Maximize the use of resources (time, people, money, space etc) -Bring the situation to a successful resolution meeting the needs of the impacted peoples; -Monitor and document what was done providing reflection for future reference; and -Build confidence in a project team and the impacted community. This program has been assembled by experienced practitioners who have worked in disaster situations.

Why study with us?

The program will involve presenters who are current practitioners in the industry as well as presenters from the University. The program will provide a case based approach to the study of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction. The focus of the program is case based drawing on the expertise and experiences of current practitioners. Newcastle offers a unique approach of online technologies and industry involvement. Please note: This program will be offered both online and on campus from 2014.

Career Opportunities

Disasters occur indiscriminately but one factor is consistent, the long-term restitution of the situation is left to local governments or non-governmental organisations and their staff. This program applies recognised project management practices to the resolution of a disaster situation providing graduates with the unique ability to work in the situation of a disaster with short-term demands requiring long-term solutions. The professional application of project management skills and techniques as a process for resolving a post disaster situation will develop graduates who are a valuable resource for local government bodies, non-governmental organisations involved in disaster relief, and private contracting organisations seeking to be involved in post disaster redevelopment.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (or deemed equivalent)

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 a new program go to and click on How to apply for credit.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is distinctive in its purpose and content. The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment will seek endorsement by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) following successful completion of the program by the first graduates.

International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. 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 to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

This program will be offered online during 2013 through

This program will be offered both online and on campus at Callaghan from 2014.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is an 80 unit professional Masters degree. The program structure consists of 80 units of core courses.

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 “Further Information” section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ARBE6121 Disaster Management Research Project Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
20 units
ARBE6601 Theory and Practice of Disaster Management Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6602 Post-disaster Project Management Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6603 Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Re-development Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6604 Professional Practice in the Post Disaster Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6605 Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6606 Economics of and for Disaster Recovery Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
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