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Master of Humanitarian Assistance

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Award granted Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Cloud (online)

Includes compulsory short intensive classes (includes five days in Trimester 3 and five days in Trimester 1 of the following year) held at a Deakin University campus. 

Cloud (online)Yes
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA757

New course commencing Trimester 3 (November) 2013.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Humanitarian Assistance provides the opportunity for those working in or wishing to work in the humanitarian sector to gain an industry-relevant, formal qualification.


Combining theory and practice, the course is delivered using both Deakin’s interactive online education (cloud learning) and intensive, campus mode practice-based units. This, combined with action-based research in the field, will enable you to be an effective and highly skilled worker in the sector, 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 AusAID and other relevant participants in the sector.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

To qualify for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance, students must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising six credit points of core units plus 10 credit points of elective units.

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Course structure

Core units

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

Trimester 3 and Trimester 1

AHL701 The Humanitarian World  


Trimester 3

AHA724 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts  

AHA725 Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts  


Trimester 1

AHA721 Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector  

AHA722 Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice  


Trimester 2

AHA723 Fundamentals of People Management Across the Humanitarian Continuum  



Elective units


Students to select 10 credit points of study from any of coursework, internship, research units listed below:


Trimester 1

ADS711 Non-government Organisations and Development  (formerly AID711)

ADS712 Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods  (formerly AID712)

ASS705 Anthropology of Poverty and Development  

Trimester 2

ADS714 Gender and Development  (formerly AID714)

ADS735 Conflict Resolution and Development  (formerly AID735)

ADS740 Participatory Approaches to Development  (formerly AID740)

ADS716 Humanitarian Settlement  (formerly ASD716)


Trimester 3

ADS715 Cross Cultural Communication and Practice  (formerly ASD715)



Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

ADS753 International and Community Development Internship  (2 credit points - formerly AID753)

AHA726 Humanitarian Assistance Internship  (4 credit points) (commencing March 2015)


For students wishing to undertake a PhD pathway:

Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIX702 Dissertation A  (2 credit points)

AIX703 Dissertation B  (2 credit points)


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