MC251 - Master of Disaster, Design and Development

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Plan: MC251 - Master of Disaster, Design and Development
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Disaster, Design and Development
Award abbreviation: MDisaster,Des& Dev
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: One and a half years Full Time; Two years Part Time
Location: Online
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040103
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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Disaster, Design & Development (MoDDD) has been designed for you to develop specialised theoretical knowledge and practical skills in disaster, design process and development to work effectively and lead best practice in the disaster and development sector for the successful rebuilding of communities. The program is delivered fully online, but you will also have the opportunity to attend intensive seminars in the Melbourne region. The program also offers international field trips you may choose to undertake.

The program duration is 1.5 years which is accelarated to one year full time or two years part time.

You will engage with disaster simulations and projects to research and develop design informed strategies necessary for successful implementation in real world scenarios. These projects may include developing a reconstruction master plan and proposing how smaller scale design interventions for a recovery project can be linked to the long-term development of vulnerable communities. While acquiring practical skills to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you can also expect to collaborate with industry leaders such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and UNHabitat. Through this industry experience, you will develop strategic spatial solutions for natural disaster, complex emergencies and development projects.

You will undertake an integrated industry project, where you will apply strategic and conceptual thinking and problem solving skills relative to your work in the disaster and development sector. This capstone experience is based on an individual or team based negotiated professional research project and will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

On completion of the program, you will be able to work in the disaster and development sector with specialised knowledge of design processes, interpret issues, confidently lead others and provide informed insights into future developments of the sector. You will be experienced in multi-disciplinary team-work, researching new developments and applying expert judgement to complex problems. In your preparation for professional and leadership roles, you will be able to work independently as well as in a multi-disciplinary team. You will also gain insight into your own creativity and problem solving capabilities as well as develop efficient life long learning practices to allow you to plan, research and participate in disaster and development projects and confidently contribute to an industry that is always evolving.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

You may be eligible for exemptions for up to 48 credit points in the program if you have completed a qualification at AQF level 8 or above in one of the following disciplines: Architecture/Landscape Architecture/Interior Design/Industrial Design, Construction Management, Engineering (Civil or Environmental), Environmental studies/science, Geography, Project Management, Urban, Regional or Environmental Planning.

You may be eligible for exemptions for up to 36 credit points in the program if you have completed a qualification at AQF level 8 or above in one of the following disciplines: International Development, Community Development or Social Work.

Upon successful completion of this program, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related RMIT University programs, subject to program entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

You must have:

  • successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) demonstrating knowledge and skills in design, built environment, project management, engineering, social sciences, communication or health; OR  
  • at least 5 years of relevant work experience.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.

English language requirement

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

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External accreditation and industry links

There is no body in Australia that accredits programs in Disaster, Design and Development.

The Master of Disaster, Design and Development MC251, has been designed in close collaboration with a major industry leader in the post-disaster field, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), to identify international learning opportunities for students and to meet the growing needs of practicing disaster management and development specialists.

The Master of Disaster, Design and Development has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that links you with industry standards and practice. Ongoing engagement with the PAC ensures that this program is relevant to industry needs and expectations.

In addition, the program draws on outside industry experts as guest lecturers and offers workplace opportunities in the development sector, to ensure that you are exposed to the latest industry developments and current practice in the broad disaster management field.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities, and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: Online learning tools and content You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University 

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