Based in the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, at the centre of the "Top End" and Australia's gateway to Indonesia and South-East Asia, this highly unique postgraduate program focuses on a geographic region that is arguably the most prone to, and affected by various types of disasters.
As an emergency and disaster management specialist, you will have the skills and ability to apply your knowledge and experience appropriately, collaboratively and productively in this vulnerable region and other parts of the world.
You will have the essential knowledge and skills required to manage all phases of the disaster management cycle.
You will also confidently apply your academic studies to practical responses and report on your professional experience into the academic sphere of this rapidly evolving sector.
This in-depth course promotes its uniqueness in three areas:
- its focus on Asia-Pacific Region
- its informed practice and research
- its multi-sectoral approach.
Along with the necessary technical skills and experience, you will also develop your managerial and leadership skills to either assist in your current career or help with new career pathways.
This course is a pathway for advanced studies and is supported by nationally and internationally respected industry partners.
The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management are entry and exit pathways for the master's degree course.
Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities that focus on emergency and disaster management from prevention to recovery. Your qualifications could land you a role in health, environment, social wellbeing and management.
Credit transfers & 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
Both Commonwealth supported places (CSP) and fee paying places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CSP use the SATAC code 1GC016. If you would like to apply for a fee paying place you will need to use the SATAC code 1GC516.
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.
Non-Commonwealth supported places
International full fees
This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
Australian qualification framework
This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:
The course provides an introduction to core and specialist knowledge in emergency and disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region. Students may choose from a range of specialist elective subjects in health, engineering, environment, management, and Indigenous knowledges. Graduates of the course may continue on a pathway to a Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster Management or a Master of Emergency and Disaster Management.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.
Unit totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.
^ students completing a Graduate Certificate/Diploma who wish to undertake a level 4 (400 level) unit must do so via manual enrolment. See Special Enrolment through eForms.
|Total Credit Points|
Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
COURSE CHANGES - 2019
ECO501 has been replaced by ECO504 and is equivalent. Students who have completed ECO501 should not complete ECO504.
COURSE CHANGES - 2018
MAN504 has been replaced by HRM503 and is equivalent. Students who have completed MAN504 should not complete HRM503.
ECO502 has been replaced by BUS501 and is equivalent. Students who have completed ECO502 should not complete BUS501.
ENV508 Applied Geographic Information Systems is now Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking.
ENV518 Advanced Spatial Science is now Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data.
Unit Code Changes from 2016
|Previous Unit Code||New Unit Code (2016)||Unit Title|
|ATI410||ATI501||Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development|
|ATI420||ATI502||Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics|
|ATI430||ATI503||Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation|
|ATI440||ATI504||Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies|
|ENV401||ENV521||Community Engagement for Bio-security and Natural Resource Management|
|ENV504||ENV516||Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia|
|PRBE001||ECO501||Economics for Managers|
|PRBM016||MAN501||Cross Cultural Management|
|PRBM021||MAN504||Human Resource Management|
|PRBM030||MAN508||Organisational Strategy and Leadership|
Students commencing in Semester 1
The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a part-time load.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit||SE = Specialist Elective|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management||CO||DEM512 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management||CO|
|Specialist elective||SE||Specialist elective||SE|
Students commencing in Semester 2
The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a part-time load.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit||SE = Specialist Elective|
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