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Humanitarian, emergency and disaster management
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Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management

Whether you’re changing career or taking the next step, we have a course for you.

Learn about holistic approaches for preparing, preventing and responding to crises in Australia and across the globe. Plus, you’ll be taught by industry experts, examine real-life case studies, and benefit from close connections with government, NGOs and leading aid agencies.

Study online, on-campus, full-time or part-time, so you can fit studies around your career and life.

Postgraduate student at CDU
Available 100% online Australia-wide

Postgraduate Short Courses

In as little as 6 months, you can complete a Graduate Certificate to gain specialist knowledge in your field. Designed for working professionals who already hold an undergraduate degree, these fast and flexible qualifications can be studied 100% online. 

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Choose CDU for postgraduate emergency and disaster management courses

  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes

    The Good Universities Guide 2024 ranks CDU as a leader for postgraduate employment outcomes

  • Hands-on industry projects and placements

    Graduate with the skills you need to succeed

  • 30 years' experience in distance and online education

    We have what it takes to support flexible study

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    How to apply for postgraduate courses

    Take the next step in your career and apply for a postgraduate course at CDU.

    Find out how to apply for postgraduate courses at CDU, as well as information about application fees and how to accept your offer.

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    Flexible study options

    Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction. With on-campus, online, part-time and full-time study options, you'll have the flexibility and support to do it your way.

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    Study pathways

    At CDU, there's a study pathway for everyone.

    Explore our course and student types, admission requirements and pathways to study so you can apply with confidence.

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    The Humanitarian Design Summit: Everything I was expecting and more.

    Humanitarian and Community Studies student, Tiana Hokins, attended the Engineers Without Borders Humanitarian Design Summit in India. She describes it as one of the most amazing experiences she has had to date. Here’s her story.

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  • CDU student Emma Kettle with fellow CDU students

    How Emma's shoring up her industry skills

    As the humanitarian aid and disaster management sector evolves, keeping up with best practice and new ways of responding to crises has never been more important. That’s exactly why Emma Kettle chose to return to uni to take on a postgraduate degree in Humanitarian, Disaster and Emergency Management.

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  • J. Graham Davis

    Age is no barrier to making an impact in emergencies

    Meet the emergency services veteran who, at 80, went to university to consolidate a lifetime of on-the-job learning and help shape the future direction of emergency management. 

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