Postgraduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Management and Development

Auckland University of Technology
New Zealand
  • Duration
    0.5 years full-time / part-time available
  • Type
    University programme
  • Level





In just six months, you’ll begin to develop the knowledge and skills to reduce disaster risks, build community resilience, and manage disaster response and recovery.

AUT’s Postgraduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Management and Development aligns with global and national best practice, so graduates can tackle increasingly complex disaster risks, both now and in the future.

It may be right for you if you’re passionate about sustainable development, community resilience or humanitarian response. It could also be a good fit if you're considering a career in emergency and disaster risk management, or are already in the field and seeking a tertiary-level qualification.


The programme focuses on advancing community wellbeing by reducing risks. It embraces 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.

Topics you’ll study include disasters and development, environmental change and humanitarian action, building community resilience, and communications in emergency and disaster.

All courses are offered via flexible learning, with block courses on campus and online teaching and learning. This is convenient if you live in Auckland and prefer flexible learning modules. It may also work if you live outside of Auckland, or balance your studies with your work.

Complete 45 points from

And choose 15 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 Postgraduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Management and Development are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile [PDF, 92.6 KB]

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Admission requirement

Minimum entry requirements

Completed one of the following; or equivalent:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

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





Application procedure

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Tuition and cost

Domestic: $4,403

International: $19,001

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