• Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #356 (QS) ,
Why talk about disaster and risk when many of the social, economic and physical challenges facing the modern world are beyond control? Whilst you can't predict the next disruption or tragedy, cities can manage responses to these scenarios and build the resilience of its people in the face of adversity. 


At the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was adopted and consequently, disaster reduction protocols are being developed around the world. Closer to home, Christchurch is one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities and the Canterbury region remains a focus of intense disaster recovery and urban renewal; Canterbury-based students are in a unique position to understand how it can become more disaster-resilient in the future by learning from recent events.

Future professionals engaged in disaster reduction will require a broad and well-founded understanding of the fundamental causes of disasters and of the conditions of both natural systems and human systems that allow disasters to occur. This will require appreciation of the ways in which natural systems can behave, of the systems that society has developed for regulating human behaviour, and of the behaviour of individuals and groups in response to unexpected shocks and stresses. There is thus a need for natural science, for social science, and for political and economic science, in the education of disaster reduction professionals.Master of Disaster, Risk and Resilience (MDRR) students will gain:•an understanding of the natural and societal causes of disasters•the ability to analyse and critique strategies for disaster reduction•experience in applying learning to specific disaster-reduction-related situations•practice in formulating risk communication, risk reduction and resilience strategies and communicating concepts to a wide audience•an understanding of methodologies to build resilience.

Programme Structure

  • Natural Hazard Risk Assessment
  • Advanced Risk and Resilience
  • Introduction to Disaster Risk and Resilience
  • Advanced Professional Planning Methods and Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • A relevant degree with at least a B grade average in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses
  • Birth certificate or passport (original or verified copy of your birth certificate or passport, showing the same name that is on your academic documents)
  • Academic transcripts.
  • Award Certificate
  • Statement on the transcript
  • Letter from the awarding institution

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32800 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    11016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11016 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Christchurch

  • 1300 - 2000 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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