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Master of Disaster, Design and Development


This program will commence in July 2016.

There is an increasing need to respond to the displacement and destruction of communities and their infrastructure through both natural and manmade disasters. There is also the need to build the resilience of vulnerable communities in disaster-prone areas. Although there is now wide recognition of these needs and support for it, there is also the awareness that the way support is provided needs change.

The Executive Director of Shelter and Settlement for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), Graham Saunders, has been involved as a consultant on the development of this program and stated that:

“Many [international development] agencies are represented on shelter issues by logisticians or generalists without a specific background or understanding of the built environment. This is why a degree such as the Master of Disaster, Design and Development (MoDDD) is critical in addressing the complex design and planning tasks needed to rebuild the physical and social infrastructure, after disaster.”

Developed in close collaboration with IFRC, this first of its kind program provides a global learning platform connecting students with industry developments, area specialists and current practices.

The program delivers specialized knowledge and practical skills drawn from a range of practitioners and academics and you will work with global industry leaders such as IFRC and UN-Habitat on disaster simulations and projects. You will research and develop design informed strategies and spatial solutions for implementation in real world scenarios such as natural disasters, complex emergencies and development projects.

You will graduate with a specialised knowledge of design processes, leadership skills and the ability to apply expert judgement to complex problems in disaster mitigation and development.

The program includes intensive seminars and workshops in Melbourne or Barcelona, online electives and field trips.

Whether you have studied or worked in disaster management or recovery, or are interested in moving into this field and want to develop your conceptual thinking and problem solving skills, this unique design focused program will enhance your capabilities to be an innovative leader.

Subject areas

Graduates will be able to work in leadership roles in the international disaster and development sector with specialized knowledge of:

  • Disaster and emergency management
  • Design-focused project recovery
  • Disaster-risk reduction and climate change mitigation
  • Disaster recovery and urban resilience program management
  • International development

Admission Requirement

A bachelor degree, or equivalent, demonstrating knowledge and skills in Design, Built Environment, Project Management, Engineering, Social Sciences, Communication or Health.

Geographical coverage



1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Application procedure

All application details for both prospective local and international students can be found through the website.

Deadline for application

31 May 2016


Associate Professor Esther Charlesworth
Program Manager
Tel. +61 3 9925 2876

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260

Last updated

26 Oct 2015

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  • Type Blended programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Australia, Spain (Melbourne, Barcelona and online)
  • Language English

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