Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience

Study Discipline: Environmental Science
Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions:Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


12 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a transformative journey into disaster risk and resilience with UC’s Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience program. Delve deep into the intricacies of disaster management and mitigation, guided by a curriculum that explores current trends and future possibilities in this vital field. Join us at Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law to become a driving force in building resilient communities and safeguarding against the impacts of disasters.


UC’s Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience program offers an immersive exploration of disaster risk reduction, resilience building, and community empowerment. Rooted in the principles of the Sendai Framework, our interdisciplinary curriculum fosters collaboration between diverse stakeholders to create sustainable solutions to complex challenges. As you navigate Aotearoa New Zealand’s dynamic environment, you’ll witness firsthand the impact of natural hazards and emerge equipped to drive meaningful change in disaster-prone regions worldwide.

Admission Requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree which is relevant to Disaster Risk and Resilience, normally with a B Grade Point Average or higher in the final year; and
  • 15 points from STAT 100-level courses, or equivalent.

    Note: This prerequisite may be waived at the discretion of the Programme Coordinator.

    • CAE or CPE: Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
    • IELTS Academic: An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
    • NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3
    • NZCEL: Level 5
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58
    • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening
  • DRRE401 Introduction to Disaster Risk and Resilience
  • DRRE402 Natural Hazard Risk Assessment
  • DRRE403 Disaster Risk and Resilience Applications
  • GISC422 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems and Science (unless prior work in GIS has been approved)
  • DRRE691 Professional Project in Disaster Risk and Resilience or 60 points of further coursework
  • Domestic — $13,473
  • International — $59,250

Future Career Outcomes

Unlock a world of opportunities with a Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience degree from UC. Whether you’re analyzing risk factors, developing emergency response plans, or spearheading community resilience initiatives, our program prepares you for a diverse range of roles within the disaster management sector. With a focus on practical experience and industry relevance, you’ll graduate ready to make a tangible impact in safeguarding communities against future disasters.

Visa Requirements:

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