Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction (Pre 2015)

Learn specialist skills in disaster management & preparation

Courses & Details

Program Code 12248
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
  • Online
CRICOS Code 078117J
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face + Online
Additional Documents
Further Information

Your Graduate Profile

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.

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)

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 and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

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 Faculty 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

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.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.

Requirements and Structure

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

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE6121 Disaster Management Research Project Not currently offered 20 units
ARBE6601 Theory and Practice of Disaster Management Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6602 Post-disaster Project Management Not currently offered 10 units
ARBE6603 Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Re-development Not currently offered 10 units
ARBE6604 Professional Practice in Disaster Management Not currently offered 10 units
ARBE6605 Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management Trimester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6606 Disaster Management Economics Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
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