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Graduate qualifications normally involve study in a different area to your first undergraduate qualification. Some are stepping stones to postgraduate-level study.
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Study a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management – GradDipEmergMgt
Emergency management (also known as civil defence or disaster management) is an exciting and growing global profession.
Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management is comprised of undergraduate courses. You’ll have a wide range of courses you can choose from (electives).
You’ll gain skills in emergency management planning, communication and incident management, which will qualify you to work in a range of contexts.
A GradDipEmergMgt is a good fit if you:
- need to do more undergraduate courses to enter postgraduate study
- have emergency management experience
- are interested in emergency management.
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management you will:
- have been awarded or qualified for a university degree or equivalent, or another approved qualification; and
- have completed at least one year of civil defence or emergency management related experience.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
This qualification is classified as NZQF Level 7 and requires the same English language standard as most undergraduate bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Get advice button.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Structure of the Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management
If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.
If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.
Courses and specialisations
- Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
- Course code
- Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
- Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
- Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
- Compulsory courses – 30 credits
- Courses from the Schedule – 90 credits
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Compulsory courses (Choose 30 credits from)
Course code: 130202 Introduction to Emergency Management credits 15
An introduction to principles, theory and practices of emergency management.View full course details
Course code: 130301 Incident Command Systems credits 15
This course introduces the systems used to manage emergencies, including the New Zealand Coordinated Incident Management System and other international variations. Consideration will be given to operational management concepts and tactics for effective incident response.View full course details
Elective courses (Choose 90 credits from)
Course code: 130203 Disaster Risk Management credits 15
A study of the principles and practice of disaster risk management including disaster risk identification and assessment processes, and the use of risk information in decision-making and communication.View full course details
Course code: 132221 Planning Studies credits 15
An introduction for non-planners to planning and practice in the New Zealand urban, rural and natural resource environment, including an introduction to the principles of the Resource Management Act 1991 and its administration.View full course details
Course code: 152252 Project Management credits 15
An introduction to the theory and methods employed in project management.View full course details
Course code: 175201 Social Psychology credits 15
A survey of contemporary experimental social psychology. Against this backdrop critical perspectives are introduced with particular emphasis on the practice of discursive psychology in the New Zealand context.View full course details
Course code: 251271 Occupational Health and Safety I credits 15
An introduction to Occupational Health and Safety and its application to workplaces in New Zealand. The course will explore the complex relationship between health and safety, factors in the working environment affecting health and safety and systems intended to regulate and manage the working environment.View full course details
Course code: 251272 Occupational Health and Safety II credits 15
A detailed study of hazards commonly found in the work environment.View full course details
Course code: 131321 Strategies for Sustainable Development credits 15
A consideration of concepts, processes, practices, and possible strategies for sustainable development at global, national and community levels. Special attention is paid to examples of strategies that seek more sustainable livelihoods.View full course details
Course code: 152336 Leadership Practice credits 15
A critical analysis of the theory and practice of leadership relevant to public and private organisations and the development of ethical leadership and citizenship in a variety of socio-cultural contexts.View full course details
Course code: 152350 Strategic Management and Governance credits 15
An examination of strategic management concepts, the tools and techniques of strategic analysis, and issues associated with governance including business ethics.View full course details
Course code: 214301 Environmental Health Risk Management for Disasters credits 15
Advanced theory and practice in environmental health risk management applicable to typical disaster and humanitarian relief scenarios encountered in New Zealand/Pacific Rim.View full course details
Course code: 219303 Organisational Communication credits 15
This course draws on current research and theory to examine the communication process, practical and ethical considerations of organisations' communication with their internal and external stakeholders.View full course details
Course code: 219305 Public Relations Management credits 15
This course provides an in-depth examination of public relations theory and shows how it applies to practice. It focuses on strategic engagement with diverse publics, the development of long-lasting and meaningful organisational relationships, and reputation management.View full course details
Course code: 219312 Risk and Crisis Communication credits 15
This course critically evaluates ways that organisations can manage reputational risk and communicate in response to crisis situations.View full course details
Course code: 219335 Media Law and Ethics credits 15
A reflection on ethical issues involved in contemporary media practices and the application of the principles of media law.View full course details
Fees and scholarships
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
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You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
- Student loans (StudyLink)
- Fees Free
- Student portal
This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.
Careers and job opportunities
Our graduates normally find positions as mid-to-senior level managers in organisations such as:
- public and private sector civil defence and emergency management staff
- lifeline utility professionals
- fire, ambulance and defence services staff
- health services professionals
- managers or directors in the civil services
- policy analysts.
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