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Master of Disaster and Emergency Response

Course code L70

This unique course has been designed for multi-disciplinary professionals who are involved in the overall management of, and response to disasters.

This includes people currently working in areas like emergency services, healthcare services, military, NGO’s, volunteer groups, disaster response agencies or emergency telecommunications.

The course is the shortest of its kind in Australia and is available entirely online. It will provide you with a complete introduction to the challenges associated with the management of mass casualty incidents and disasters and providing leadership and support to those involved.

The course explores disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. You’ll also study the psychological effects of disaster and be introduced to the concepts of disaster health and humanitarian. The course also gives you the opportunity to develop research skills, including developing a systematic review on a topic of your choice, which some students have gone to publish.

Each week you’ll benefit from the expertise of renowned national and international guest speakers through interview-style podcasts.

Speakers have included professionals from organisations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience and the International Committee of the Red Cross. As well as speakers who survived terrorist attacks like the London and Bali bombings and 9/11.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

L70

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $20,550

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Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L70

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

This course is not offered for study on-campus to international students with a student visa.

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DER6101Introduction to Emergency Management20
DER6102Disaster Preparedness & Mitigation20
DER6103Major Incident Management20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DER6104Disaster Health Practice & Humanitarian Relief20
DER6105Psychological Effects of Disaster20
MMP6101Research Proposal Preparation and Research Methods20
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DER6106Advanced Emergency Management Response20
DER6107Disaster recovery20
MMP6102Medical Science Masters Project20

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply advanced risk and emergency management knowledge and understanding to lead disaster and emergency response incidents.
  2. Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex ideas, concepts and theories in authentic community paramedical and emergency response contexts.
  3. Communicate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders in complex risk and emergency situations to facilitate effective responses.
  4. Demonstrate leadership and management skills by planning, implementing and evaluating disaster and emergency response projects.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $20,550 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

The course focuses on developing the advanced skills necessary to meet the requirements of employment in a disaster and emergency response role. Graduates can use their disaster and emergency response qualification in a range of multidisciplinary settings, both nationally and internationally, including emergency response agencies and non-governmental organisations.

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