Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Deakin University

The current environment in which humanitarian workers find themselves is more complex and diverse than ever. Conflicts are increasingly complicated and natural disasters are escalating in number and intensity. These often occur in regions already struggling with socio-economic and political constraints and fragility. This course in humanitarian assistance is strategically positioned as the first course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. It builds a unique platform where humanitarian practitioners and academics can share knowledge and experience, with a focus on improving leadership, preparedness and response capacities to national and international emergencies. Combining theory and practice, the course is delivered using both Deakin's interactive online study and intensive, located learning practice-based units. Coupled with action-based research in the sector this course enables students to be an effective and highly-skilled worker, both in Australia and internationally. Students will also be able to capitalise on Deakin's strong partnerships with relevant international non-government organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, other locally-based NGOs, government agencies such as Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other relevant stakeholders in the sector.

Course Fee:

Australian: $21,600
International: $27,000

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

Structure:

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

Subjects you can Study:

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

Study Pathways:

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

Who for:

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

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Burwood No info Yes Part time 2 years
Burwood No info Yes Full time 1 year
Burwood No info Yes Online 1 year

Why study with us

Deakin is the number one university in Victoria for graduate satisfaction and among the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

With industry connections, world-class facilities and a practical approach to learning, Deakin students gain more than just a qualification – they graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

Facilities and services

Deakin has a reputation for cutting-edge technology, innovative facilities and flexible learning environments. There are five campuses – Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool and the Cloud Campus – offering students the flexibility to study in a location that suits them.

All students, regardless of their campus or mode of study, benefit from a range of valuable services including accommodation, financial assistance, health and wellbeing, and study and learning support. 

Admission and selection

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Study options

As a Deakin student, you can choose from full-time, part-time or intensive study options across Deakin’s bachelor, postgraduate and research degrees. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad, explore cross-international study, gain an internship, or work in simulated environments to tailor your learning experience and get a head start in your dream career.

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