IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
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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
To qualify for the award of Master of Development and Humanitarian Action, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study as listed below and
Each unit below is delivered via the FutureLearn platform, and takes approximately 10 weeks to complete.
These units are broken down into easily-manageable two-week blocks, allowing you the freedom to fit learning around your work, family and lifestyle.
Why Research Matters (credit for learning applied)*
* CPL will be granted when a student has successfully completed and been issued a certificate for the Research Methods unit 'Why Research Matters' delivered via FutureLearn.
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 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
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.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
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:
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.
Entry will be based on attainment of:
- 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
Each credit point is $1500*. Cloud campus only.
Find out more about fees
* If undertaking unit, Why Research Matters in 2019, a bursary will automatically be applied to your enrolment to reduce the fee for this unit to $990.
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
The cost of this course will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have. The fee rate shown is the cost per credit point studied in 2019. A typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate is four credit points.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment 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.
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.
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'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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
|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.|
|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
How to apply
The Masters in Development and Humanitarian Action is part of a suite of fully articulated courses.
This means that if your circumstances change, and you have articulated from the Graduate Certificate of Development and Humanitarian Action, after the successful completion of 4 additional credit points you may take an alternative exit with a Graduate Diploma of Development and Humanitarian Action (exit option only)
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.