Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Humanitarian Assistance
Campus

Cloud (online)

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

Cloud (online)Yes
Length

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2015$23,380* AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A757
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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, located learning 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 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and other relevant participants in the sector.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course. 

Career opportunities

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.

Course rules

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

  • 6 cp of core units; and
  • 10 cp of study as a combination of research and elective units in one of the following three configurations.

Option 1: PhD Pathway

2 cp of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)

4 cp independent research project (AIX702, AIX703)

4 cp of electives

Option 2: Research Paper

2 cp of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)

2 cp independent research project (AIX704 Research Paper A and AIX705 Research Paper B)

6 cp of electives

Option: Research Project

1 cp research training (AIX706 Research Design)

1 cp independent research project (AIX701 Research Project)

8 cp of electives

Course structure

Core units

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

Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

AHL701The Humanitarian World

Trimester 1

AHA721Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector

AHA722Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice *

Trimester 2

AHA723Fundamentals of People Management Across the Humanitarian Continuum

Trimester 3

AHA724Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts

AHA725Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts

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

Coursework

Trimester 1

ADS711Non-government Organisations and Development

ADS712Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

ASS705Anthropology of Poverty and Development

Trimester 2

ADS714Gender and Development

ADS735Conflict Resolution and Development

ADS740Participatory Approaches to Development

ADS716Humanitarian Settlement

Trimester 3

ADS715Cross Cultural Communication and Practice

Internship

Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

AHA726Humanitarian Assistance Internship 4 credit points

Research options

Option 1: PhD Pathway (6 cp)

AIX706Research Design

plus one of

AIX707Qualitative Research

or

AIX708Quantitative Research

Students then complete:

AIX702Dissertation A (2cp)

and 

AIX703Dissertation B (2cp)

Option 2: Research Paper (4 cp)

AIX706Research Design

Students then complete:

AIX704Research Paper A

and

AIX705Research Paper B

Option 3: Research Project (2 cp)

AIX706Research Design

Students then complete:

AIX701Research Project





Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

Students will be required to undertake 16 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • A bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; OR
  • Qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 12 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • A postgraduate certificate or diploma in a related discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 8 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An honours degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and a relevant graduate certificate OR an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent; OR
  • A postgraduate diploma in a cognate discipline.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au
 

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