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The University of Auckland

Focusing on the major issues of disaster resilience and risk reduction, the MDisMgt equips you with the applicable skills to confidently solve complex problems in high-pressure environments.

We implement a holistic approach to disaster management and provide the knowledge needed to plan frameworks, create policies, and device solutions. A compulsory component of this program is a research project, where you will demonstrate the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to independently approach a real-world issue in a disaster setting.

This program draws on expertise from across the University. Beyond the Faculty of Engineering’s world-class academic roster, you’ll be able to learn from experts from Science, Architecture and Planning, Development Studies and Environmental Law. Our students come from a broad range of disciplines – though they vary in experience, they share a common goal to help communities prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters.

Program structure

This flexible program is offered as both a 120 point and 180 point degree. The 120 point program is designed for students who have already completed the equivalent of a full-time year of postgraduate study.

The program includes three core courses addressing key topics within the field, including disaster risk management, disaster management, and resilience, project management and one 45 point research project that stretches over two semesters – here, you will address a topic relevant to disaster management. 

For both the 120 and 180 point program, the required compulsory courses are therefore:

  • Semester One and Two: CIVIL 703 Project Management (15 points)
  • Semester One and Two: DISMGT 704 A&B Research Project (15 points)
  • Semester One: DISMGT 703 Disaster Management and Resilience (15 points)
  • Semester Two: DISMGT 701 Disaster Risk Management (15 points)

A variety of electives to suit your schedule and interests are available from a range of disciplines including Engineering, Population Health, Development Studies, and Law. Please refer to the ‘Electives’ tab for the full selection.

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