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Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Postgraduate coursework

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

Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2019 close 24 February 2019

Current Deakin Students

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

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 8 credit points of study comprising

  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit);
  • 4 credit points of core units
  • Research Project 1 or 2 credit points
  • 2-3 credit points of elective units pending research project

4

Core units

4

Research/Electives

8

Total units

Key information

Award granted
Master of Humanitarian Assistance
Year
2019 course information
Deakin code
A767
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Qualifications 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.

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.

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.

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Entry requirements

Entry information

Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications. 

  • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline
  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
  • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

All applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Recognition of 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.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$21,000 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 available fee places for this course are detailed above.

Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

  • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
  • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

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 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.

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal. 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.

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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.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

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

Why choose Deakin

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.

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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 system and apply the key principles, exemplary practices and sector standards to current humanitarian context, both national and international, with particular focus on coordination, resilient communities, risk management, emergency responses, recovery strategies

Communication

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

Digital literacy

Research, analyse, report and communicate complex information via the employment of a range of sectorspecialised 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, practice and design and develop actions, solutions and strategies to address them.  

Problem solving

Apply 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 system 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

Adopt 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 November 2018

 

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