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Emergency and Disaster Management, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Darwin, Australia
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 for Emergency and Disaster Management from Charles Darwin University focuses on a geographic region that is arguably the most prone to, and affected by, various types of disasters.
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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 lead and manage all phases of the disaster management cycle.

You will be able to 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.

This course is a pathway for further studies and is supported by nationally and internationally respected leading industry partners.

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management from Charles Darwin University are also nested within the master’s degree course as entry and exit pathways to this program. The course also provides you with the technical, managerial and leadership skills required to progress in your current career or to enter new career pathways. The option to focus on a particular area or shift to an aligned specialisation is provided through the wide range of specialist electives.

Career options:

  •  Hazardous Material Management
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Public Health Preparedness
  •  Public Information Officer
  • Hospital Emergency Preparedness Administrator
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Emergency Preparedness Specialist
  • Geographer 
  • Engineer


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies 
  • Emergency and Disaster Management in Context 
  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Reflective Case Study
  • Research Methodologies in Global Learning
  • Epidemiology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    160 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended, Online

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Successful completion of a recognised Bachelor degree or equivalent, or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • All HE applicants are required to demonstrate the minimum English language proficiency requirements for their chosen course of study. 
  • Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for student visa applications. 
  • A police check is required before undertaking fieldwork and an Ochre Card is required for students who may be working with children under 18 years of age. Pre-fieldwork vaccinations may be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21032 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21032 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    21032 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21032 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the residency requirements.

Living costs for Darwin

  • 1493 - 2530 AUD/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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