Humanitarian assistance


In an ever-evolving and vastly unpredictable global socio-economic landscape, Deakin is committed to developing current and future humanitarian leaders. Kickstart or step-up your career with an industry-relevant formal qualification.

Get work-ready

The Master of Humanitarian Assistance is a degree exclusive to Deakin and the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. Our academics have many years of experience in the field with a diverse range of humanitarian and development organisations. Their insights offer unparalleled access to the industry. Combining theory and practice, as well as action-based research in the sector, our courses enable you to be an effective and highly-skilled worker, both in Australia and internationally.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

Employment in the humanitarian field is expanding. The sector employs staff with generalist or specialist skills in project management and community development, social work and protection, accounting and finance, health, education, fundraising, IT, research, logistics, engineering and other areas. Opportunities exist in government, non-government organisations and the private sector across all aspects of humanitarian response including:

  • coordination
  • service provision
  • communications
  • program management
  • community engagement
  • monitoring and evaluation.

More humanitarian sector courses

Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership

This course is available in either English or French and is delivered by the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership – a partnership between Save the Children and Deakin University.

Read more about the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership

Industry partnerships

Through studying humanitarian assistance, you can capitalise on our strong partnerships with relevant international non-government organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, other locally-based NGOs, and government agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Master of Humanitarian Assistance Program

Learn more about Deakin’s Master of Humanitarian Assistance program.

Research with us

The Master of Humanitarian Assistance is the first course of its kind in the Asia–Pacific region. It builds a unique platform where you can share knowledge and experience with humanitarian practitioners, with a focus on improving leadership, preparedness and response capacities to national and international emergencies.

Learn more about researching with us

The Centre for Humanitarian Leadership

The Centre for Humanitarian Leadership plays a critical role in meeting the ever growing needs of the humanitarian and development sector, a sector where knowledge, skills and values must align if we are to bring about the change the world needs.

Learn more about the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership

Deakin alumni – get a head start with your postgraduate fees

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.

Learn more about our alumni postgraduate bursary

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