Disaster Risk and Resilience, Master | University of Canterbury | Christchurch, New Zealand
12 months
31766 USD/year
8564 USD/year
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Disaster Risk and Resilience from University of Canterbury provides an introduction to this rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field.


Disaster Risk and Resilience from University of Canterbury courses draw disaster risk and resilience content from social sciences, physical sciences, planning, geospatial, and engineering. Innovative teaching methods include role play disaster simulation exercises, field trips to major infrastructure assets/systems and disaster hotspots, leading guest lecturers from science, government and industry, and an internship programme.


MDRR graduates are in a position to choose between proceeding into funded doctoral programmes, or pursuing careers in disaster reduction, risk assessment, hazard assessment, and environmental management and consulting, as well as in local and regional government.

Graduates have found work in consultancies locally and internationally, in NZ Crown Research Institutes, in the Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergency Management, in regional Civil Defence and Emergency management Groups, and in the private sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • GIS for Disaster Risk and Resilience
  • Disaster Risk and Resilience
  • Natural Hazard Risk Assessment
  • Disaster Risk and Resilience Applications
  • Advanced Urban, Regional and Resource Planning 
  • Advanced Risk and Resilience 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree which is relevant to Disaster Risk and Resilience, normally with a B Grade Point Average or higher in the final year; and
  • 15 points from STAT 100-level courses, or equivalent.
  • If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31766 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31766 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8564 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8564 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National students - 13,362 NZD
  • International Students - 49,565 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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