Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR) at University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury
New Zealand
Masters (MDRR)

1-1.5 years
Full time

Course description:

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.

School Department:

University of Canterbury

Entry Requirements:

Every student for the Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR), shall have: 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.

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.


Official Programme Website: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/qualifications-and-courses/masters-degrees/master-of-disaster-risk-and-resilience/

Scholarships available:

New Zealand International Scholarships

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