Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
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
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$19,000 - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

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

Deakin course code A757

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

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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.

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Course rules

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

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

Option 1: Research Project

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
  • 4 credit points independent research project (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 project (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 project (AIX701 Research Project)
  • 8 credit points of electives

Course structure

Core units

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

AHA721Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector

AHA722Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice

AHA723Fundamentals of Humanitarian Management

AHA724Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts

AHA725Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts

AHL701The Humanitarian World

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

Coursework

ADS711Non-government Organisations and Development

ADS712Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

ADS714Gender and Development

ADS715Cross Cultural Communication and Practice

ADS716Humanitarian Settlement

ADS735Conflict Resolution and Development

ADS740Participatory Approaches to Development

ASS705Anthropology of Poverty and Development

Internship

AHA726Humanitarian Assistance Internship (4 credit points)

Research options

Option 1: Research Project (6 credit points)

AIX706Research Design

Plus one of

AIX707Qualitative Research

Or

AIX708Quantitative Research

Students then complete:

AIX702Dissertation A (2 credit points)

And 

AIX703Dissertation B (2 credit points)

Option 2: Research Paper (4 credit points)

AIX706Research Design

Students then complete:

AIX704Research Paper A

And

AIX705Research Paper B

Option 3: Research Project (2 credit points)

AIX706Research Design

Students then complete:

AIX701Research Project

 

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Entry requirements - specific

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

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 must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

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

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage.