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Master of Disaster Risk Management and Development




Gain the skills to tackle increasingly complex disaster risks, both now and in the future, and research a topic of your interest.

Develop advanced disaster risk management knowledge and skills to reduce disaster risks, build community resilience, and manage disaster response and recovery.

The Master of Disaster Risk Management and Development aligns with global and national best practice, and is ideal if you’re passionate about sustainable development, community resilience or humanitarian response. It’s also a good fit if you’re already working in the field and need a tertiary-level qualification.

Subject areas

Explore topics like disasters and development, environmental change and humanitarian action, building community resilience, and communications in emergency and disaster.

You also research a topic of your interest and complete either a thesis, or a dissertation or practice project.

The programme focuses on diverse themes like socially and culturally appropriate approaches to disaster risk management, resilience-building in the face of climate change, as well as improved building codes and better ecosystem protection to reduce disaster risk and support sustainable development.

All courses are offered via flexible learning, which involves block course on campus and online, or blended learning.

Complete 60 points from

And choose one of the following

Option A

Complete either a practice project or dissertation (60 points)

And 60 points from

Option B

Complete a thesis

And 30 points from

Other relevant optional courses may be available, with the approval of the programme leader. Optional courses may be selected from other relevant subject areas.

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Disaster Risk Management and Development are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile [PDF, 94.4 KB]

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Admission Requirement

Minimum entry requirements

Completed one of the following; or equivalent:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a B grade or higher in courses at a level 7 or equivalent
  • In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the requirements above, but who has an appropriate combination of academic and professional experience, may be considered for admission

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Submit evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level in this field
  • Provide evidence of current professional practice
  • May be required to complete relevant prerequisite courses as specified by the Board of Studies

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0

English language requirements



Geographical coverage



1.5 years full-time / part-time available

Application procedure

To know more about how to apply, click here.


To know more about scholarship opportunities, click here.

Tuition & cost

Domestic: $8,807

International: $38,002

Last updated

10 Feb 2021

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) New Zealand (Auckland)
  • Language English

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