Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster Management

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT/VIC); 03286A (NSW)

Based in the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, at the centre of the 'Top End' and Australia's gateway to Indonesia and Southeast Asia, this highly unique postgraduate program focuses on a geographic region that is unarguably the most prone to, and affected by various types of disasters.As an emergency and disaster management professional, you will have the skills and ability to apply your knowledge and experience appropriately, collaboratively and productively in this vulnerable region and other parts of the world. You will have essential knowledge and skills to lead and manage all phases of the disaster management cycle. You will also confidently apply your academic studies to practical responses and report on your professional experience into the academic sphere of this rapidly evolving sector. This in-depth course promotes its uniqueness in three areas: its focus on Asia-Pacific Regionits informed practice and researchits multi-sectoral approach. This course is a pathway for further studies (i.e. Master of Emergency and Disaster Management) and is supported by nationally and internationally respected industry partners. The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management are entry and exit pathways for the master's degree course.


The Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster Management is an introduction to core and specialist knowledge in emergency and disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region.You may choose from a range of specialist elective subjects in research methods, health, engineering, environment, management, and Indigenous knowledges.Graduates of the course may continue on a pathway to the Master of Emergency and Disaster Management.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore Units(4 units)40cpCompulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in ContextDEM512 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster ManagementDEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster ManagementDEM514 Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management Specialist Elective(4 units)40cpSpecialist elective units totalling 40 credit points: students are required to complete two Research Methodology units PLUS two specialist elective units selected from the available units.Select two from the below listResearch MethodologyEMG505 Research Methodologies in Global LearningPHM552 Epidemiology (new title 2018)PHM553 Biostatistics (new title 2018)PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)PLUS two from the below specialisationsHealthPHM592 Global HealthPHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)EngineeringENG462 Water Resources Engineering ^(manual enrolment required)ENG473 Communication Systems (new title 2016) ^(manual enrolment required)^ students completing a Graduate Certificate/Diploma who wish to undertake a level 4 (400 level) unit must do so via manual enrolmentManagementECO504 Business Economics (replaces ECO501 Economics for Management from 2019 (recoded from PRBE001 2016))BUS501 Decision Making (recoded from ECO502 2018) (recoded from PRBE002 2016)IBM501 International Business (recoded from PRBM009 2016) (not offered in 2020)MAN501 Cross Cultural Management (not offered in 2020) (recoded from PRBM016 2016)HRM503 International Human Resource Management (recoded from MAN504 2018) (recoded from PRBM021 2016)MAN506 Organisational Behaviour (recoded from PRBM022 2016)MAN508 Organisational Strategy and Leadership (recoded from PRBM030 2016)MAN515 Operations Management (recoded from PRBM034 2016)EnvironmentENV502 Remote SensingENV506 Environmental Monitoring and ModellingENV507 Fire Ecology and ManagementENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking (new title 2018)ENV511 Spatial Methods for Impact AnalysisENV513 Environmental Planning and PolicyENV516 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (recoded from ENV504 2016)ENV518 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data (new title 2018)ENV521 Community Engagement for Bio-Security and Natural Resource Management (recoded from ENV401 2016)Indigenous KnowledgesATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development (recoded from ATI410 2016) (replaced by IAS530 2020)ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics (recoded from ATI420 2016) (replaced by IAS531 2020)ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation (recoded from ATI430 2016) (replaced by IAS532 2020)ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies (recoded from ATI440 2016) (recoded to IAS533 2020) 80Total Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.COURSE CHANGES - 2019Management SequenceECO501 has been replaced by ECO504 and is equivalent. Students who have completed ECO501 should not complete ECO504.COURSE CHANGES - 2018MAN504 has been replaced by HRM503 and is equivalent. Students who have completed MAN504 should not complete HRM503.ECO502 has been replaced by BUS501 and is equivalent. Students who have completed ECO502 should not complete BUS501.ENV508 Applied Geographic Information Systems is now Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking.ENV518 Advanced Spatial Science is now Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data.PHM552 Introduction to Epidemiology is now Epidemiology.PHM553 Introduction to Biostatistics is now Biostatistics. Unit Code Changes 2016  Previous Unit CodeNew Unit Code (2016)Unit TitleATI410ATI501Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of DevelopmentATI420ATI502Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State PoliticsATI430ATI503Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic ParticipationATI440ATI504Indigenous Knowledges and EpistemologiesENV401ENV521Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource ManagementENV504ENV516Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North AustraliaPRBE001ECO501 Economics for ManagersPRBE002ECO502Decision MakingPRBM009IBM501International BusinessPRBM016MAN501Cross Cultural ManagementPRBM021MAN504Human Resource ManagementPRBM022MAN506Organisation BehaviourPRBM030MAN508Organisational Strategy and LeadershipPRBM034MAN515Operations Management


  • Health and Medicine, Society and Welfare Studies

Standard entry requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $31,000 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
CDU Online International: $31,000 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

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