Master of Development and Humanitarian Action

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

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.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • 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.

Key information

Award granted

Master of Development and Humanitarian Action

Year

2017 course information

Fee rate

Each unit/credit point is $2475. Cloud Campus only

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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.

Try some of this course for free

Trial this course on FutureLearn

The coursework units in this course are delivered on FutureLearn, a highly flexible, easy-to-use online learning platform that connects you with Deakin Students and practitioners from all corners of the world for a truly global perspective.

Units delivered on FutureLearn are broken down into easily-manageable two-week blocks, allowing you the flexibility to fit learning around your work and lifestyle.

The first two-week block of this course is delivered for free, meaning you can get a taste for Deakin's world-class education before deciding to continue on to complete your course.

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Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

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.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

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.

Course learning outcomes

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

 

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.

Core Units

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
  • How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Course 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

    Am I eligible to receive 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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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