Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Humanitarian Assistance
Campus
  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Cloud Campus
Cloud CampusYes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

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

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code092386D
Deakin course code A757

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

If you’re working in or wishing to work in the humanitarian sector, kick-start your career with an industry-relevant, formal qualification.

The current environment in which humanitarian workers find themselves is more complex and diverse than ever. Conflicts are increasingly complicated and natural disasters are escalating in number and intensity. These often occur in regions already struggling with socio-economic and political constraints and fragility.

This course in humanitarian assistance is strategically positioned as the first course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. It builds a unique platform where humanitarian practitioners and academics can share knowledge and experience, with a focus on improving leadership, preparedness and response capacities to national and international emergencies.

Combining theory and practice, the course is delivered using both Deakin’s interactive online study and intensive, located learning practice-based units. Coupled with action-based research in the sector this course enables you to be an effective and highly-skilled worker, 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 and other relevant stakeholders in the sector.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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 Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Critique the historical development of the humanitarian sector and apply the key principles, exemplary practice and sector standards to current humanitarian context, both national and international, with particular focus on leadership, risk management, emergency responses, and recovery strategies.  

Communication

Integrate, analyse, synthesise and evaluate the theory and practice of humanitarian emergencies and responses and communicate to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences through reports, briefings, essays, case studies, and oral presentations. 

Digital literacy

Demonstrate the ability to research, analyse, report and communicate complex information via the employment of a range of sector- specialised and generic technological modes to a wide variety of audiences including humanitarian, professional and scholarly communities. 

Critical thinking

Investigate, critically analyse, synthesise and report on issues facing contemporary humanitarian scenarios in light of established concepts and practice and design and develop interventions, solutions and strategies to address them.  

Problem solving

Demonstrate initiative, creativity and intellectual rigor in researching, identifying, planning, implementing, managing people and processes and evaluating proposed innovative responses to complex situations and problems encountered in a range of humanitarian emergencies, locally and globally. 

Self-management

Plan, organise and perform as an independent and reflective practitioner in the field as well as in the sector generally, demonstrating a commitment to continuing professional development, scholarly research and professional contribution. 

Teamwork

Contribute to the achievement of team goals and cohesiveness in diverse humanitarian emergency scenarios, humanitarian planning, implementation projects and research projects through active and constructive participation and contributions to resolving impasses and conflict. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate the ability to undertake a number of roles, in an efficacious and ethical manner, in a broad range of humanitarian operations across diverse cultural, social, political, economic and environmental spectrum's. 

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

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: Dissertation

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
  • 4 credit points independent research writing (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 writing (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 writing (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

 

Electives & Research Options

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

Electives

ADS711Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors

ADS712Food Security

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

 

 

Course Map

Course Map

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.

Pathways

A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' award for this course is a Bachelor degree (min 3 years) in Humanitarian Logistics, Development Studies, Social Work, International Studies, Community Development, International Relations, Humanitarian Law.

Highest same discipline award held at point of Masters entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)
Bachelor (Honours), same discipline 1 year (8 credit points) 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)
Graduate Certificate, same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)
Graduate Diploma, same discipline 1 year (8 credit points) 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)

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.

How to apply

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.