The United Nations defines a disaster as a disruption of social and community function, involving so many losses and destructive impacts that affected communities and regions are unable to cope using their own resources. Global efforts to reduce the impacts of disasters over the last decade have failed to keep up with growing exposure of people and assets to natural and other hazards, which is generating new risks and a steady rise in disaster-related losses. To reverse this trend, UN member nations ratified the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015.
The Sendai Framework calls for a broader, more people-centred, preventative approach to disaster risk reduction, in which communities, government and private sectors, civil society organisations, academia, and research institutions work together to build resilience and develop collaborative disaster risk reduction practices.
This Professional Master's degree provides an introduction to this rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field.
Every student for the Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR) shall have:
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience or use the admission requirements checker.How to apply
You will need to enrol at both UC and Te Whare Wanaka o Aoraki | Lincoln University to complete this programme. It is recommended you apply at least a month before the start of the programme in February or July to complete the enrolment process at both universities. For more information please contact Thomas Wilson, Tim Davies, or Sarah Beaven at Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment.
You can apply to the UC programme online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
MDRR graduates are in a position to choose between proceeding into funded doctoral programmes, 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.