Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards

University of New England (UNE)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00003G

Boost your knowledge and skills or pivot your career towards managing and planning natural hazards, with broad and fundamental understanding of hazard mitigation, at a time when skills in disaster reduction are particularly vital.UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards is a part-time course that comprises four core units that can be completed in just two trimesters, or you can take up to two years. It addresses the geography of natural hazards and disasters, associated planning and policy challenges, and the complicating factor of climate change. You will learn how to critically analyse natural hazards and disasters, and the challenges and importance of governance in risk reduction and disaster management.The four core units examine the following key-topic areas:environmental factors that combine to produce natural hazardsecological, social and economic consequences of natural hazards and disastersmethods relevant to studying aspects of natural hazards and disastersmitigation strategies and associated opportunities for policy developmentfuture trends in planning for and managing natural hazards.What makes our course different?We focus on integrating diverse perspectives to offer a well-balanced, problem-solving approach to planning and managing natural hazards. You will have the opportunity to:develop an understanding and knowledge about what’s required to be a professional in the area of hazard reductiondevelop skills in critical analysischoose a timeframe to complete this part-time course — in just two trimesters, or take up to two yearsstudy online, in your own time, to work in with your other commitments.Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate will earn you credit towards UNE’s Master of Planning and Management of Natural Hazards if you choose to progress your career with a higher degree.By choosing UNE, you are choosing an industry leader in the provision of online lifelong learning. In fact, we’re continually rated 5-stars by our students for Overall Experience year on year.Study onlineMost of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together at UNE in order to become future-fit and better respond to a rapidly changing world.Study on campusMany of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.


To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 24 credit points at 400-level.


  • Planning and management of natural hazards

Standard entry requirements

A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree from a recognised university in a related field of study, for example, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography or Environmental Science.

Study pathways

Students may be eligible for credit (advanced standing) for previously completed studies not used as a basis of admission.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Online Campus International: $28,216 No
  • Part-time : 2 years
UNE Armidale (main campus) International: $28,216 No
  • Part-time : 2 years

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