Volume 28 Issue 1, 2013

Graduate Certificate Emergency Management, Post Graduate Program

James Cook University


Graduate Certificate Emergency Management, Post Graduate Program, James Cook University, Australia

The certificate will be coordinated by the Centre for Disaster Studies and will involve staff Planning, Human Geography, Psychology and Tropical Medicine.

This course will provide a qualification for emergency managers who already work within the profession and for graduates from a range of backgrounds who are entering or intending to enter the profession.

Graduating students will have a clearer conceptual understanding of the complexity and systemic nature of the issues encountered in emergency management. This will enable a more confident, problem solving, approach to the practice of emergency management which will complement their existing skills.

For the past 12 years the Centre for Disaster Studies at James Cook University has been involved in contributing to research and teaching of social aspects of emergency management.

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management provides professional training in the social and psychological context, policy, legislation and governance of emergency management. It will emphasise both professional and community needs.

This course is aimed at graduates from a variety of disciplines who are entering the emergency management profession, emergency management professionals with extensive experience who wish to enhance their qualifications and professionals who want to include emergency management in their portfolio.

Some of these entrants might not possess an undergraduate degree, but most will come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Subjects will be oriented to that diversity.

Postgraduate program


Year: 2013

Code: 106111

Mid-year entry: Yes

Mode: PT/Block Mode/Flexible Delivery

Credit Points: 12

Entry Requirements

Completion of an undergraduate course at this or another University or appropriate qualifications and experience.

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5 is required

Interview (by invitation) for applicants with other than first degree entry requirement.

Course structure

Subjects will be in block mode or flexible delivery/limited attendance. The expected time to complete the certificate is one year to enable part time attendance.

  • Disasters, Communities and Planning
  • Governance, Policy, Service Delivery and Philosophy of Emergency Management
  • Psychology of Disasters
  • Special Topic

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management will comprise a total of 12 credit points.

For more information please contact Dr Alison Cottrell SEES on 07 4781 4653 or by email at alison.cottrell@jcu.edu.au