Deakin University

Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

Intractable conflicts, climate disasters and pandemics – these are just a few of the challenges humanity currently faces. It’s clear that in the 21st century, the need for humanitarian aid has never been greater. But it’s no longer enough to assume our current practices can address these complex challenges. We need new humanitarian aid leaders, who can envision and enact a better version of the field. Deakin’s Master of Humanitarian Assistance offers you the unique opportunity to gain practical skills through simulated experiences while exploring and analysing the role and function of humanitarian aid today. This dual focus ensures you graduate prepared to make a difference on the ground, and with the critical perspective and capability to introduce new ideas and improvements into the sector. The course is delivered by Deakin from the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, a collaborative venture between Deakin and Save the Children that combines good humanitarian practice with academic rigour and seeks to address the power balance that can be created and perpetuated by even well-meaning aid.

Designed for

For Australian and International students wishing to work in the humanitarian sector to gain an industry-relevant, formal qualification


Students must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising core, elective and research units


  • Anthropology of poverty and development
  • Applied humanitarian assistance from theory to practice
  • Cross cultural communication and practice
  • Disaster risk reduction and management in humanitarian contexts
  • Dynamics and dilemmas of the humanitarian sector
  • Food security
  • Fundamentals of humanitarian management
  • Gender and Development
  • Health equity and human rights
  • Health and social impact assessment
  • Health communication
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Human rights in the world
  • Humanitarian settlement
  • Project and financial management in humanitarian contexts
  • Humanitarian world
  • Internship
  • Principles and practice of public health
  • Research
  • International conflict analysis
  • The united nations and international organisation

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline or Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline or Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Study pathways

Credit for prior learning will be granted in accordance with university policy

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Cloud(online) Domestic: $22,200
International: $28,600
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year
Melbourne Burwood Domestic: $22,200
International: $28,600
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Cloud(online), Melbourne Burwood.

Course fee shown is indicative and actual fees may vary.

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