Master of Development and Humanitarian Action

Postgraduate coursework

Study a Master of Development and Humanitarian Action to acquire the skills needed to understand the contexts of development of humanitarian programs.

Domestic student information

Switch to international student information

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Natural disasters, poverty, injustice, conflict. All around the world, the environment in which development and humanitarian workers find themselves is more complex and diverse than ever.

This course – developed in association with Save the Children – builds a unique, global platform where development & humanitarian practitioners and academics can share knowledge and experience, with a focus on improving leadership, preparedness and response capacities to national and international emergencies and developmental issues.

Deakin’s Master of Development and Humanitarian Action provides you with the analytical skills needed to understand the contexts of development and humanitarian programs as well as practical skills to apply in the field.

Read More

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Development and Humanitarian Action, a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study as listed below and

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

    Core Units

    Note: Course structure is currently under revision

    Each unit below is delivered on FutureLearn and takes approximately 10 weeks to complete in addition to assessment tasks. These units are broken down into easily-manageable two-week blocks, allowing you the freedom to fit learning around your work, family and lifestyle.

  • Introduction to International and Community Development ADS701
  • Political Development Record ADS734
  • The Humanitarian World AHL701
  • Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector AHA721
  • Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice AHA722
  • Sustainability and Development ADS717
  • Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts AHA725
  • The Economic Development Record ADS733
  • Gender and Development ADS714
  • AHA715 The Humanitarian Transition

  • Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors ADS711
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts AHA724
  • Policy and Advocacy in Development Contexts ADS721
  • Fundamentals of Humanitarian Management AHA723
  • Food Security ADS712
  • Humanitarian Settlement AHA716
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Development and Humanitarian Action
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A705
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus 

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus 

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus 

    Note for international students: This course is 100% online and international students enrolled in the course will not be eligible for an international student visa.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Participation Requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Try this course for free

    Interested in a free taster of this course?

    A two-week block of this course is available free on FutureLearn, an easy-to-use online learning platform. Try it out and discover just how flexible and rewarding online learning with Deakin can be. You’ve got nothing to lose!

    Choose from three free course trials on FutureLearn:

    Need Help

    Ask a question about studying a at Deakin*

    Are you currently studying at Deakin, or an international student? Enquire now.
    Required fields are marked with an asterisk *

    By clicking submit, I agree to Deakin University's Privacy Policy
    * We aim to respond to all enquiries within three business days.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or higher in a related discipline or
    • Bachelor Honours Degree or higher in a related discipline or
    • Bachelor Degree or higher in a related discipline and 2 years relevant work experience or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Fee rate

    Each unit/credit point is $2544. Cloud Campus only

    Find out more about fees

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Students completing this course will be able to work in the development and humanitarian sector. This includes working for both international based non-governmental organisations as well as local community based organisations, national and provincial government departments, donors and multi-lateral organisations.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Acquire advanced and integrated understanding of development and humanitarian action and expert cognitive skills in the synthesis, and application of theory and practice in development and humanitarian action within diverse disciplinary contexts and worldviews.

    Communication

    Apply oral, written and interpersonal communication to plan, inform, and debate complex multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral issues for improved social, environmental and economic outcomes to a wide range of audiences, and contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Demonstrate the ability to research, analyse, report and communicate complex information via the employment of a range of sector- specialised and generic technological modes to a wide variety of audiences including development, humanitarian, professional and scholarly communities.

    Critical thinking

    Investigate, critically analyse, synthesise and report on issues facing contemporary development and humanitarian scenarios in light of established concepts and practice and design and develop interventions, solutions and strategies to address them. 

    Problem solving

    Demonstrate initiative, creativity and intellectual rigor in researching, identifying, planning, implementing, managing people and processes and evaluating proposed innovative responses to complex situations and problems encountered in a range of development and humanitarian emergencies, locally and globally.

    Self-management

    Plan, organise and perform as an independent and reflective practitioner in the field as well as in the sector generally, demonstrating a commitment to continuing professional development, scholarly research and professional contribution.

    Teamwork

    Contribute to effective global and local collaboration, participation and achievement of mutually understood outcomes through sensitive, self-reflective and active engagement with research and practice, across cultures and disciplines.

    Global citizenship

    Question, engage, provoke and innovate to ensure social justice, reduce poverty, promote environmental sustainability, and increase equality in personal and professional capacity to ensure environments conducive to achieving creative and fulfilling lives.

    Approved by Faculty Board October 2016

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.


    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


    Entry pathways

    The Masters in Development and Humanitarian Action is part of a suite of fully articulated courses.

    This means that if your circumstances change, you can exit the Masters with a Graduate Certificate of Development and Humanitarian Action after the successful completion of 4 credit points, or with a Graduate Diploma of Development and Humanitarian Action after the successful completion of 8 credit points.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student’s prior qualifications and professional experience.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Cloud (online) 
    +61 3 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

    Still haven't found what you are looking for?