Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

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Overview

In 2015 the United Nations identified disaster risk reduction as one of the most impactful ways to achieve global sustainable development. With every dollar spent on disaster resilience there is a saving of up to seven dollars in future economic losses, it’s not just good for the planet, but communities and businesses as well.

The UN has partnered with the University of Newcastle to develop a Master’s program that that exposes professionals, organisations and communities to global best practice knowledge, and tools to implement the new UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Upon completing this program - the only one of its kind in the world - you will receive certification from both the University of Newcastle and the UN.

Organisations around the world are becoming more proactive, 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.

Extreme events do not necessarily need to result in disasters; with appropriate planning and preparation it is possible to weather the storm, survive the bush fire and maintain business continuity through a major disruption. Making your organisation and community more resilient in the face of disasters is about mitigating the risks posed by a hazard and reducing the disruption to little more than a brief disturbance to normal life.

To deliver positive outcomes, it is necessary to involve and coordinate the actions of many stakeholders towards concerted resilience-building; this extends to environmental, economic and social planning, infrastructure and capital. Disaster resilience is relevant to all industries and sectors and can span organisational, political and national boundaries. Moreover, it requires informed professional action well beyond the response to disasters themselves, from disaster mitigation and preparedness through to recovery and reconstruction.

The Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development equips people from diverse backgrounds to understand resilience and sustainable development principles, and systematically apply them to the design of public, private, NGO, civil society organisations and the built environment. Your work will improve your organisations’ capacity to avoid disasters, operate through extreme events and emerge better placed to face the future.

Upon graduation, in addition to your degree you will receive UN co-certification from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The program combines flexibility (available both online and face-to-face on campus), relevance (staff who have global best practice experience in disaster relief, reconstruction and resilience building) and employability (of potential benefit to any organisation that recognises the need to build its resilience capacity for the future).

Apply now to lead your industry into a sustainable future.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
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  • Trimester 3
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Number of Courses
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8 - 16

Program Code

40115

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Program Intake
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  • Trimester 3
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Number of Courses
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CRICOS

095159B

Program Code

40115

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Is It For You?

The Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development will position you at the forefront of this emerging and increasingly globally relevant field of expertise.

Not only will you be able to identify hazards, vulnerability and the consequent level of risk faced by your organisation or community, you will also be able to develop evidence-based strategies to overcome them, thereby improving resilience into the future.

If you already work in a role related to business continuity, emergency management, risk management, workplace health and safety resilience management, disaster recovery planning or simply wish to progress into such a role this program will broaden your outlook, increase your knowledge, and provide you with an unrivalled, internationally recognised and certified skill set.

Every decision could make your organisation more vulnerable or more resilient. Learn global best practice resilience strategies and make more informed decisions. This program will simultaneously equip you with a highly relevant set of transferable skills for agility in the employment marketplace.

Be ready to adapt to the next disruption. If you believe you would gain satisfaction by playing a central role in protecting communities, businesses and municipalities from extreme events, during, after, and crucially, before them, this program will be highly relevant to you. 

What Will You Study

The Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development is unique. It is the first and only program to contain UN co-certification in the use of tools and frameworks central to disaster preparedness, reconstruction and resilience building.

It contains two core elements – across eight core courses (80 units of study) – related to disaster resilience and sustainable development that are underpinned by a practical grounding and application of the UN-SDGs and Sendai Framework, all underpinned by the development of disaster management skills.

Under certain circumstances (related to prior qualifications/work experience) you may be required to complete up 160 units of study: a further two clusters of directed electives are available that relate to climate change adaptation and finance for sustainable development.

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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.

In short, if your job role involves identifying, mitigating and managing business/safety/environmental risks – or indeed if you aspire to such a position – this program will allow you be at the forefront of your field of expertise.

Scholarships

Scholarships for Australian Emergency Management Volunteers

To recognise the complex service volunteers deliver and the high-level skills and leadership required to respond to emergency situations, the Australian Federal Government has committed a million dollars to fund scholarships for emergency management volunteers to help in building our national resilience.

Eligible volunteers can receive financial support to access accredited vocational and higher education qualifications in emergency and disaster management fields. If eligible, you could receive up to $25,000 for higher education study. 

Examples of programs you could study with this scholarship include the Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development or the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction through the University of Newcastle. 

We encourage all volunteers, including those involved in firefighting, flood and storm response, road rescue, search and rescue, and patrolling beaches, and recovery, to consider this new development opportunity.

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) will administer the new scholarships on behalf of the Government. There are four rounds of scholarships with the first round commencing on 1 June 2017 and closes for applications on 14 July 2017.

For more information on the scholarship application process visit the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience website.

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Pathway One

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units required to complete Masters
A three year bachelor degree One 120: 80 units core courses + 40 units directed

Pathway Two

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units required to complete Masters
A three year bachelor degree Five 80 of core courses
A four year bachelor (hons) degree Zero 80 of core courses
A three year bachelor degree plus a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma Zero 80 of core courses

Pathway Three

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units required to complete Masters
A three year bachelor degree PLUS the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction Zero 80 units: 40 units of core courses + 40 units directed courses
A four year bachelor (hons) degree PLUS the UON Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction Zero 80 units: 40 units of core courses + 40 units directed courses

Pathway Four

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units required to complete Masters
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree Five 160 units: 80 units of core courses + 80 units of directed courses
A three year bachelor degree Zero 160 units: 80 units of core courses + 80 units of directed courses

Pathway Five

Educational Qualification Units required to complete Masters
Applicants holding an advanced diploma or associate degree which is not accompanied by employment in a disaster-relevant role or 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 Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development with 40 units credit 160 units: 40 units core courses + 80 units directed courses + 40 units credit from Graduate Certificate

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40115
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 095159B
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face
Program Plans

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.

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 Reducation
  • 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

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language 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.

Transition Arrangements

Students who are already enrolled in the Master of Disaster Preparation and Reduction [12410] have the following options:

  • They can choose to complete their original program of study
  • They can choose to transfer to the new program and receive credit for the common courses they have already completed:
  • ARBE6605 Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management
  • ARBE6606 Economics of and for Disaster Recovery is equivalent to ARBE6606 Disaster Recovery Economics
  • ARBE6603 Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Redevelopment will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of ARBE6609 Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda
  • ARBE6604 Professional Practice in Disaster Management will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of ARBE6614 Professional Practice in Disaster Management
  • ARE6602 Post-Disaster Project Management will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of ARBE6614 Professional Practice in Disaster Management
  • Students who have failed both ARBE6602 and ARBE6604 will complete ARBE6614 Professional Practice in Disaster Management and one directed course to satisfy the required core unit count.

Requirements and Structure

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.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses..

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE6408 Professional Practice Research Project Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6601 Theory and Practice of Disaster Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6605 Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6606 Disaster Management Economics Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6607 Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6608 Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6609 Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda Trimester 3 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (ONLINE_CAL)
10 units
ARBE6614 Professional Practice in Disaster Management Trimester 3 - 2017 (ONLINE_CAL) 10 units

Directed Courses

Directed courses: Students complete either 1, 40 or 80 units of directed courses depending on their admission pathway and RPL..

Code Name Availability Units
ABOR6004 Community Development Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6312 Sustainable Development Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6331 Property and Facilities Management Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6351 Property Investment and Evaluation Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6403 Project Communication Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6404 Project Procurement, Cost, Quality and Risk Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6406 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6525 Sustainability and Ecosystem Health Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6545 Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6560 Contemporary Issues in Water Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6001 Managing Under Uncertainty Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6007 Managing Human Resources in International Organisations Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
10 units
GSBS6012 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
GSBS6040 Human Resource Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6190 Human Resource and Organisational Development Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6484 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFO6090 Business Intelligence for the Enterprise Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
INFT6060 The Digital Economy Trimester 3 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
LAWS6037 International Environment Law and Policy Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6038 Law and Economics of Climate Change Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6190 Gender and Social Change Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6240 Project Design and Evaluation Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
SWRK6008 Capacity Building in Human Service Not currently offered 10 units
SWRK6200 Transformative Leadership in Human Services Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply 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.
  • Analyse 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.
  • Develop resilient organisational strategies in the context of disaster risk reduction and management, accommodating the precepts of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Professional Accreditation

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).

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.

Special Needs

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

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 ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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