Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
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)No
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA757

 Pipelining course from 2015.

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.

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

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.

Course structure

Core units

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

AHL701The Humanitarian World

AHA721Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector

AHA722Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice

AHA723Fundamentals of People Management Across the Humanitarian Continuum

AHA724Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts

AHA725Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts

Elective units

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


ADS711Non-government Organisations and Development (formerly AID711)

ADS712Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods (formerly AID712)

ASS705Anthropology of Poverty and Development

ADS714Gender and Development (formerly AID714)

ADS735Conflict Resolution and Development (formerly AID735)

ADS740Participatory Approaches to Development (formerly AID740)

ADS716Humanitarian Settlement (formerly ASD716)

ADS715Cross Cultural Communication and Practice (formerly ASD715)


ADS753International and Community Development Internship (2 credit points - formerly AID753)

AHA726Humanitarian Assistance Internship (4 credit points)


AIX702Dissertation A (2 credit points)

AIX703Dissertation B (2 credit points)