UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
University of Canterbury
This professional master’s degree provides an introduction to this rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field.
Why study a Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience at UC?
The professional master's programme is taught by a multi-disciplinary team drawn from the Disaster Risk and Resilience Group in the University of Canterbury’s School of Earth and Environment from Lincoln University’s Department of Environmental Management and from GNS science. This partnership increases the breadth of teaching expertise, student research projects and industry practice connections.
How do I plan my degree?
The 180-point programme is made up of:
Subjects and courses
Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR) courses draw disaster risk and resilience content from social sciences, physical sciences, planning, geospatial. Innovative teaching methods include role play disaster simulation exercises, field trips to major infrastructure assets/systems and disaster hotspots, leading guest lecturers from science, government and industry, and an internship programme.
MDRR students gain an understanding of:
Students must complete:
The MDRR is part of a suite of postgraduate qualifications at UC at the intersection of cutting-edge physical and social sciences, exploring interactions between geophysical and human environments, with a focus on resilience and geophysical/social environmental dynamics – a growing area of expertise at UC.
MDRR graduates are in a position to choose between proceeding into funded doctoral programs, or pursuing careers in disaster reduction, risk assessment, hazard assessment and environmental management and consulting, as well as in local and regional government.
Graduates have found work in consultancies locally and internationally, in NZ Crown Research Institutes, in the Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergency Management, in regional Civil Defence and Emergency management Groups and in the private sector.
Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor
Every student for the Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR), shall have:
Note: This prerequisite may be waived at the discretion of the Programme Coordinator.
Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:
Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.