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Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

Main organization(s): University of Newcastle, the


The Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development program builds upon both the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Development Agenda including climate change adaptation and partnerships for development funding through its directed course options.

The program is available both online and face-to-face on campus. It is relevant for staff who already have experience in disaster relief, reconstruction and resilience building.

This program will train students in the full range of UN frameworks, tools and metrics necessary to plan and manage the implementation of resilient development strategies. It will cover resilience and sustainable development principles, and how to systematically apply them to the design of public, private, NGO, civil society organisations and the built environment. The skills learned can be used to improve organisational capacity to avoid disasters, operate through extreme events and emerge better placed to face the future.


Upon graduation, in addition to the degree, students will receive UN co-certification from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations International Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

Target audience

The Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development is designed to appeal to those in or aspiring to obtain management positions in private and public sector organisations, as well as those in NGOs and civil society, whose work involves resilience-building through the mitigation of impacts arising out of extreme events. If your job role involves identifying, mitigating and managing business/safety/environmental risks – or indeed if you aspire to such a position – this program will allow you be at the forefront of your field of expertise.

Admission Requirement

There are four different admission pathways into this program depending on educational background and work experience. For more information, please visit the website listed at the bottom of the page. 

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Starts 08 May 2017

Application procedure

Application closes 8 May 2017. To begin the registration process, please follow the link here

Deadline for application

08 May 2017

Last updated

20 Feb 2017

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  • Type Blended programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Australia

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