Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Program Description

Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)


In recent years, an increase in natural and human created disasters have adversely impacted the local communities and nations as a whole. Some disasters have international impacts requiring international intervention. Constructing a disaster resilient system involves interventions in the preparedness, emergency response and redevelopment phases of the disaster management cycle. Effective management of disasters involves numerous stakeholders including governments (local, state and federal), non-governmental organisations (not for profit and for profit) and communities (local, national and international) working together.

This program applies recognised disaster management practices, providing graduates with the unique ability to work on approaches to building disaster resilience in context specific situations. The professional application of disaster management skills and techniques for preparing and responding to post disaster situations will develop graduates who are a valuable resource for local government bodies, non-governmental organisations, and national and international organisations/business involved or seeking to be involved in disaster management.

Throughout this program you will develop unique and specialised strategic and operational disaster management skills that can be applied in the event of a disaster. As one of the only universities to offer this disaster management degree accommodating multiple discipline backgrounds, the University of Newcastle educates graduates to be immediately valuable to multiple disaster management stakeholder groups.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction at a time that suits you.

Is it for you?

Hazards, natural or man-made, can create disaster events that leave communities in distress. Preparing for disasters require multiple stakeholder engagement and effective management of the goals. The pressure to urgently address complex and difficult disaster management decisions can result in reactive policies that may increase long-term risks and vulnerability of affected populations. Regardless of cause or blame, rebuilding the communities and infrastructure promptly and strategically with appropriately devised short-term and long term planning is paramount. Disaster preparedness and reconstruction involves primarily disaster risk reduction and building a resilient system, from a technical, economic, socio cultural and policy perspectives.

Therefore, the management of situations resulting from disasters requires diverse knowledge, skills and approaches but it will essentially draw on fundamental theories and practices form multiple disciplines. In the Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction you will learn the theory and practice of disaster management, from both disaster preparedness and post disaster reconstruction perspectives.

This program, created by experienced professionals, will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to engage in the appropriate disaster management practices accommodating short and long term considerations aimed at building a resilient system. You will engage in practice and form the policies based on informed situational/critical analysis.

If you would gain satisfaction from playing a key role in protecting and rebuilding communities from and after traumatic disasters, then the Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction could be for you.

Career Pathways

The current trend in disaster events and created a significant domestic and international interest in the disaster management trained professionals. This program specifically address the niche and relatively new market encompassing professionals in government, for profit and not for profit sectors, who engage in or planning to engage in disaster management without a formal qualification in disaster management.

With a Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction you will have unique and specialised disaster management skills to be applied in the disaster management process. As one of the only universities to offer this disaster management degree accommodating multiple discipline backgrounds, the University of Newcastle educates graduates to be immediately valuable to multiple disaster management stakeholder groups including:

  • State, federal and local government
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and
  • private contracting organisations.

As a newly developed program, the University of Newcastle will be seeking endorsement by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors in 2016. With this accreditation graduates will have an industry recognised qualification, supporting the relevance of the program’s content.

Specialisations

The Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is distinctive in its purpose and content. The key focus of your learning will be disaster preparedness (i.e disaster risk mitigation) and post disaster redevelopment. You will explore and understand the conceptual approaches and operational processes in the context of building disaster resilience. Advancing on the fundamental principles of disaster management, the program will develop necessary skills and knowledge for you to engage in diverse disaster situations.

The course is comprised of six core courses and one elective (direct entry into the Masters):

  • Post-disaster Project Management
  • Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Re-development
  • Professional Practice for Disaster Management
  • Economics of and for Disaster Management
  • Social and Policy Considerations for Disaster Management and
  • Disaster Management Research Project (on a topic of your choice to support your career goals).

You need to choose one electives from an comprehensive list of directed courses that focus on construction project management, business management, environmental management and social change and capacity building.
Throughout the program you will learn to critically analyse and apply relevant theories and practices to multiple disaster management scenarios. Managing disaster requires a certain level of sensitivity that is unique to the circumstances. The sense of social responsibility and ethical decision-making is critical in disaster management.

Admission Requirements

AQF Level 8 ‘Cognate’ entry into this program is possible through the following ‘Cognate’ qualifications:

  • Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction with 5 years’ experience.

AQF Level 7 ‘Cognate’ entry into the program is possible through the following ‘Cognate’ qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree with 5 years’ experience, Bachelor Degree with NO experience

AQF Level 8 ‘Non-Cognate’ entry into this program is possible through following ‘Non-Cognate’ qualifications:

  • Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate with 5 years’ experience
  • Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate with NO experience

AQF Level 7 ‘Non-Cognate’ entry into the program is possible through the following ‘Non-Cognate’ qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree with 5 years’ experience
  • Bachelor Degree with NO experience

‘Cognate’for the purposes of admission are considered to be in the following areas:

  • Social services/Humanitarian
  • Medial/Nursing
  • Land Economics / Real Estate / Property / Valuation
  • Architecture / Building / Construction Management
  • Surveying / Quantity Surveying
  • Engineering in Civil / Structural / Mechanical / Electrical/Computer
  • Natural Environment
  • Town Planning / Urban Planning
  • Commerce / Economics / Finance
  • Business / Marketing / Technology Management/Government Administration
  • Emergency management services (fire, ambulance, security, civil-military etc.)
  • Law

AQF ‘Non-Cognate’ areas are those that fall outside the above list.

Relevant work experience will be assessed from the information provided below:

  • Applicant statement outlining the relevant work experience that applies to the program learning outcomes of the program. Applicants must demonstrate experience against all learning outcomes.
  • Evidence of employment and experience including start and end dates from employer(s): Offer of employment letter;
  • Certificate of experience/employment
  • Detailed resume/CV setting out work experience
  • Interview (where necessary)

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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated April 10, 2016
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