University of Newcastle

Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

The Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction has forever altered the way in which organisations in civil society regard issues of hazard and vulnerability, and then consequently deal with risk. This program provides its graduates with a basic grounding in all of the essential elements required to manage the disaster risk reduction process within the following sectors: government organisations, private enterprise, non-government organisations, and not-for-profit organisations. It achieves this by exposing students to fundamental disaster risk reduction concepts and training in the use of the most widely adopted disaster risk reduction tools and protocols in use around the world. Graduates of this program should be capable of conducting disaster risk evaluations and guiding the subsequent development of disaster risk mitigation and management strategies for the organisations for which they work.


40 units of Core courses


  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Risk Management
  • Disaster Management
  • Disaster Response

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in a related field
  • Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma in a related field of study plus 2 years relevant industry experience


This program is certified by the Centre International de Formation des Autorites et Leaders (CIFAL) Newcastle, in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Study pathways

Graduates will be eligible for admission into the Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development at the University of Newcastle and to apply for credit transfer for courses completed.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Callaghan Domestic: $16,045
International: $18,270
  • Part-time : 0.5 years
Online Domestic: $16,045
International: $18,270
  • Online/Off-campus : 0.5 years

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