Postgraduate coursework

Master of Humanitarian Assistance

The postgraduate Master of Humanitarian Assistance course is the first course of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

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Key facts

Duration

1-2 years full time or part time equivalent depending on your entry point

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Cloud Campus
Cloud (online)

Course information

If you’re working in or wishing to work in the humanitarian sector, kick-start your career with an industry-relevant, formal qualification.

The current environment in which humanitarian workers find themselves is more complex and diverse than ever. Conflicts are increasingly complicated and natural disasters are escalating in number and intensity. These often occur in regions already struggling with socio-economic and political constraints and fragility.

This course in humanitarian assistance is strategically positioned as the first course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. It builds a unique platform where humanitarian practitioners and academics can share knowledge and experience, with a focus on improving leadership, preparedness and response capacities to national and international emergencies.

Combining theory and practice, the course is delivered using both Deakin’s interactive online study and intensive, located learning practice-based units. Coupled with action-based research in the sector this course enables you to be an effective and highly-skilled worker, both in Australia and internationally.

You will also be able to capitalise on Deakin’s strong partnerships with relevant international non-government organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, other locally-based NGOs, government agencies such as Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other relevant stakeholders in the sector.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance, students must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • 6 credit points of core units;
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) and
  • 10 credit points of study as a combination of research and elective units in one of the following three configurations.

Option 1: Dissertation

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
  • 4 credit points independent research writing (AIX702, AIX703)
  • 4 credit points of electives

Option 2: Research Paper

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
  • 2 credit points of independent research writing (AIX704 Research Paper A and AIX705 Research Paper B)
  • 6 credit points of electives

Option 3: Research Project

  • 1 credit point research training (AIX706 Research Design)
  • 1 credit point independent research writing (AIX701 Research Project)
  • 8 credit points of electives

6

Core units

10

Research/Electives

16

Total units

Core units

Students to complete the following 6 core units (6 credit points of study)

  • Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector AHA721
  • Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice AHA722
  • Fundamentals of Humanitarian Management AHA723
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts AHA724
  • Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts AHA725
  • The Humanitarian World AHL701
  • Electives & Research Options

    Students to select 10 credit points of study as a combination of research and elective units listed below

    Electives

  • Food Security ADS712
  • Gender and Development ADS714
  • Cross Cultural Communication and Practice ADS715
  • Humanitarian Settlement AHA716
  • ADS735 Conflict Resolution and Development (No longer available for enrolment)

  • Anthropology of Poverty and Development ASS705
  • The United Nations and International Organisation AIR707
  • International Conflict Analysis AIR717
  • Human Rights in World Politics AIR726
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health HSH701
  • Health Communication HSH704
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709
  • Health Equity and Human Rights HSH728
  • Internship

  • Humanitarian Assistance Internship AHA726 (4 credit points)
  • Research options

    Option 1: Research Project (6 credit points)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus one of

  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • Or

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Students then complete:

  • Dissertation A AIX702 (2 credit points)
  • And 

  • Dissertation B AIX703 (2 credit points)
  • Option 2: Research Paper (4 credit points)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Students then complete:

  • Research Paper A AIX704
  • And

  • Research Paper B AIX705
  • Option 3: Research Project (2 credit points)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Students then complete:

  • Research Project AIX701
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    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Humanitarian Assistance
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A757
    CRICOS code
    092386D
    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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Note: This course includes compulsory short intensive classes (includes five days in Trimester 3 and five days in Trimester 1) held at a Deakin University campus for both campus and cloud located students.

    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:

    • a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • other 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

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $20,352 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    Not applicable

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

    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

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    It is expected that completion of the Master of Humanitarian Assistance will place you in a favourable position to advance your professional standing.  Employment in the humanitarian field is expanding, including in related areas, such as teaching, training, organisation and community capacity building, disaster risk reduction assessment and programming, consulting enterprises, journalism and communications, project management and community development. Opportunities are available in government and non-government agencies concerned with the provision of all aspects of emergency and humanitarian responses including service provision, logistical support, communications, program management and support, community engagement and support, funding, coordination, monitoring and evaluation.

    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

    Critique the historical development of the humanitarian sector and apply the key principles, exemplary practice and sector standards to current humanitarian context, both national and international, with particular focus on leadership, risk management, emergency responses, and recovery strategies.  

    Communication

    Integrate, analyse, synthesise and evaluate the theory and practice of humanitarian emergencies and responses and communicate to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences through reports, briefings, essays, case studies, and oral presentations. 

    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 humanitarian, professional and scholarly communities. 

    Critical thinking

    Investigate, critically analyse, synthesise and report on issues facing contemporary 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 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 the achievement of team goals and cohesiveness in diverse humanitarian emergency scenarios, humanitarian planning, implementation projects and research projects through active and constructive participation and contributions to resolving impasses and conflict. 

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate the ability to undertake a number of roles, in an efficacious and ethical manner, in a broad range of humanitarian operations across diverse cultural, social, political, economic and environmental spectrums. 

    Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

     

    Application information

    How to apply

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    Research Information

    Students will undertake research training and complete a research project in one of the three following options:

    • one credit points of research training in research design, and a one credit point research project;
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a two credit point research project; or
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a four credit point research project developed in consultation with a supervisor from the relevant discipline

    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points) If you have a Graduate Certificate in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (unit) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Graduate Diploma in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)

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    A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A ‘same discipline’ background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in, or specifying any of the following in its title- Humanitarian Assistance, Humanitarian Logistics, Development Studies, Social Work, International Studies, Community Development, International Relations, Humanitarian Law, International Law, Emergency Management, or International Politics.

    Credit for prior learning

    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.
    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

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