Study emergency management

The Joint Centre for Disaster Research is New Zealand’s leading provider of emergency management education.

Our range of world-class teaching and research programmes provides the most extensive overview of emergency management in New Zealand.

Study to suit you

You can study any of our emergency management qualifications by distance. Online teaching means you can study at a time to suit you. Our online learning environment, electronic library, online guest speakers and social media networks provide an engaging experience.

Block courses and classroom time provide face-to-face contact with teachers.

Benefit from our staff and partner expertise

Our researchers and teachers are internationally renowned and work closely with industry front-runners such as GNS Science and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. This means your learning reflects best practice and the latest research and innovations.

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

A free, one-month emergency management taster course run in collaboration with Open2Study Australia.

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Research opportunities

We are looking for master’s and PhD students to do research in specific topics, or we can work with you to find research topics.

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 Courses and workshops

Short emergency management professional development workshops and courses.

Emergency Management Summer Institute – a five-day programme held every March in Wellington.

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International students

International students majoring in emergency management, public safety, geography, sociology, political studies or defence studies can go on the Disaster Risk and Emergency Management National Expedition

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    Our staff are leading academics and experienced practitioners in emergency management.

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