Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Course summary for local 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
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

Indicative annual fee 2015$18,000* - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359

artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Phil Connors, +61 3 522 73458, phil.connors@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

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 the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2015 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit 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 services.        

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, Development and Method, 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, Development and Method, 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, Development and Method)

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 Development and Method

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 Development and Method

Students then complete:

AIX704Research Paper A

and

AIX705Research Paper B

Option 3: Research Project (2 cp)

AIX706Research Design Development and Method

Students then complete:

AIX701Research Project





Entry requirements - 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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Humanitarian Assistance applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

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 Deakin Admissions 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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

 

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