Postgraduate coursework

Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Deakin’s Master of Humanitarian Assistance is an industry-relevant postgraduate qualification and the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6

Duration

This course is 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. 

Campuses

  • Melbourne (Burwood)
  • Cloud (online)
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. 

    International Students intending to study at the Burwood Campus are advised to obtain a student visa for this course.  International Students intending to study via Cloud (online) are advised to obtain a visitor visa to undertake the compulsory short intensive classes. Note: International Students studying via Cloud (online) are unable to apply for a student visa for this course. 

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

     

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

    OR

    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent 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.It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

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

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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

    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

    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

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    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.

    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

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

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