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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Emergency and Disaster Management

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1CM117
823280
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM617
873280
Online (CSP)
1CM117
823280
Online (FF)
1CM617
873280
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
082431J
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SEMDM1

Award
Master of Emergency and Disaster Management
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health
Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management

The Master of Emergency and Disaster Management qualifies you with the skills and knowledge to work as an emergency and disaster management professional in a variety of contexts. This in-depth and unique program draws upon the expertise and practical experience of researchers and practitioners working from Australia's gateway to Indonesia and Southeast Asia which is arguably one of the regions of the world most prone to, and affected by, various types of disasters. This course focuses on informed practice and research, and critically examines issues through a multi-sectoral lens to explore the ways in which different professional and cultural perspectives may shape emergency and disaster management work.

During the course you will:

  • Gain the essential knowledge and skills required to lead and manage all phases of the disaster management cycle
  • Learn how to confidently apply your academic studies to practical responses
  • Learn how to apply your skills, knowledge and experience in a way that's appropriate, collaborative and productive in the Asia Pacific region and beyond
  • Have the opportunity to tailor your course by choosing from a broad range of specialised electives and drawing on relevant study opportunities both at CDU and elsewhere
  • Acquire the technical, managerial and leadership skills to progress your current career or take a new professional direction.

Credit transfers and pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification. Applicants who don't meet the entry requirements, are advised to consider applying for the Graduate Certificate of Emergency and Disaster Management or contact the course coordinator in the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts by email to

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Course structure

You will need to complete 160 credit points, made up of:

  • 40 credit points of Core coursework units (4 units) that provide the theoretical underpinnings for professional practice in the field;
  • 60 credit points of Specialist Electives comprising 20 credit points of study in research methodology and 40 credit points of study drawn from a range of disciplines including health, engineering, management, environmental science, social work or Indigenous knowledges. Specialist Electives allow you to focus on areas of interest and developing expertise;
  • 40 credit points of Research project units where you will put your learning into practice;
  • 20 credit points of General Electives which allows you to complement your qualification with studies from other academic fields or from other tertiary institutions offering study in emergency and disaster management fields.

  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core
(4 units)

40cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as per list of units identified below:

DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
DEM512 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM514 Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management

Specialist
Electives

(5-6 units)

60cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 60 credit points.
Students are required to complete 20 credit points of Research Methodology units plus 40 credit points from one or more of the available specialisations identified below.

Select 20 credit points from the list below:

Research Methodology
EMG505 Research Methodologies in Global Learning
IAS501 Research Methods (20cp)
IAS521 Principles of Indigenous Research
IAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research Ethics and Impact
PHM552 Epidemiology
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)

PLUS

Select 40 credit points from one or more of the specialisation groups listed below:

Humanitarian Aid and Development
HAD100 Introduction to Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Development
HAD250 Humanitarian Needs Assessment
HCS261 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice
DEM300 Community-Based Risk Management
DEM516 Reflective Case Study: Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management (replaces DEM615)

Indigenous Knowledges
IAS530 Neo-colonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
IAS534 Partnerships and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
IAS539 Intercultural Mediation
IAS547 Indigenous Knowledges and Wellbeing
IAS548 Healthy Country, Healthy People

Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making
PHM567 Public Health
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health
SWK316 Building Safe Communities
SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief

Engineering and Information Technology
ENG519 Sustainability
ENG573 Communication Systems
PRT551 Project Management Risk and Reliability
PRT571 Asset Security and Risk Management

Management
BUS501 Decision Making
BUS502 Entrepreneurship
COM501 Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
ECO504 Business Economics
HRM503 International Human Resource Management
MAN506 Organisational Behaviour
MAN508 Organisational Strategy and Leadership
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues
MAN515 Operations Management

Environment
ENV501 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV502 Remote Sensing
ENV506 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV507 Fire Ecology and Management in Northern Australia
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
ENV516 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV518 Analysis and Synthesising Spatial Data
ENV520 Wildlife Management
ENV521 Community Engagement for Bio-Security and Natural Resource Management

Public Policy
HGE501 Topics in Human Geography: a Remote Perspective
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern Contexts
MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography

Social Work
SWK521 Analysing Social Work Foundations (compulsory intensive)
SWK522 Co-creating Social Justice in Practice (compulsory intensive)
SWK523 Social Work Theory for Advanced Professional Practice (compulsory intensive)
SWK524 Communities, Social Change and Development
SWK525 Loss, Grief and Mental Health
SWK526 Leadership in Social Policy
SWK527 Critical Partnerships for Practice: Individuals, Groups and Families
 

Research
(1-2 units)
40cp Research units totalling 40 credit points as listed below:.

DEM820 Research Project (20 cp, repeatable)
DEM821 Research Project (20 cp, repeatable)
 

General Electives
(2 units)
20cp

Units totalling 20 credit points may be selected from postgraduate units (at 500 level or above) offered by the University. Students may select units from any of the approved specialisations (as above) as electives or by cross institutional enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator.

 

160cp

Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 each year and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students enrolling in a reduced or part time load should use the table as a guide for planning and individual program of study.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective SER = Specialist Elective Research R = Research Core

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context CO DEM512 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management CO
Specialist Elective (Research Methodology) SER DEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management CO
Specialist or General Elective SE/E DEM514 Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management CO
Specialist or General Elective SE/E Specialist Elective (Research Methodology) SER
Year 2
Specialist or General Elective SE/E Specialist or General Elective SE/E
Specialist or General Elective SE/E Specialist or General Elective SE/E
DEM820 Research Project (20cp) R DEM821 Research Project (20cp) R

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 each year and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students enrolling in a reduced or part time load should use the table as a guide for planning and individual program of study.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective SER = Specialist Elective Research R = Research Core

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    DEM512 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management CO
    DEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management CO
    DEM514 Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management CO
    Specialist Elective (Research Methodology) SER
Year 2
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context CO DEM820 Research Project (20cp)
DEM821 Research Project (20cp)
R
Specialist Elective (Research Methodology) SER
Specialist or General Elective SE/E
Specialist or General Elective SE/E
Year 3
Specialist or General Elective SE/E    
Specialist or General Elective SE/E    
Specialist or General Elective SE/E    
Specialist or General Elective SE/E    

 

 

 

 Specialist Elective availability per semester:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Research Methodology

EMG505 Research Methodologies in Global Learning
IAS521 Principles of Indigenous Research
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation
PHM526 Research Design
PHM552 Epidemiology

EMG505 Research Methodologies in Global Learning
IAS501 Research Methods (20cp)
IAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
PHM527 Research Ethics and Impact
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
Humanitarian and Aid Development
DEM300 Community-Based Risk Management
Study Period 2
HCS261 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice
HAD100 Introduction to Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Development
HAD250 Humanitarian Needs Assessment
DEM516 Reflective Case Study: Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management
Indigenous Knowledges
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
IAS534 Partnerships and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
IAS539 Intercultural Mediation
IAS547 Indigenous Knowledges and Wellbeing
IAS530 Neo-colonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development
IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
IAS534 Partnerships and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
IAS548 Healthy Country, Healthy People
Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health

PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health
SWK316 Building Safe Communities
SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief

Engineering and Information Technology
ENG519 Sustainability
ENG573 Communication Systems
PRT551 Project Management Risk and Reliability
PRT571 Asset Security and Risk Management
ENG519 Sustainability
ENG573 Communication Systems
Management
BUS501 Decision Making
ECO504 Business Economics
HRM503 International Human Resource Management
MAN508 Organisational Strategy and Leadership
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues
BUS501 Decision Making
BUS502 Entrepreneurship
COM501 Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
ECO504 Business Economics
MAN506 Organisational Behaviour
MAN515 Operations Management
Environment
ENV501 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV502 Remote Sensing
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV518 Analysis and Synthesising Spatial Data
ENV520 Wildlife Management
ENV521 Community Engagement for Bio-Security and Natural Resource Management

Study Period 2
ENV516 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia

ENV506 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV507 Fire Ecology and Management in Northern Australia
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV518 Analysis and Synthesising Spatial Data
ENV521 Community Engagement for Bio-Security and Natural Resource Management

Public Policy
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern Contexts
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography
HGE501 Topics in Human Geography: a Remote Perspective
MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts
Social Work
SWK521 Analysing Social Work Foundations (compulsory intensive)
SWK523 Social Work Theory for Advanced Professional Practice (compulsory intensive)
SWK524 Communities, Social Change and Development
SWK525 Loss, Grief and Mental Health
SWK526 Leadership in Social Policy
SWK527 Critical Partnerships for Practice: Individuals, Groups and Families

SWK522 Co-creating Social Justice in Practice (compulsory intensive)

 

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

UAC

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