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Stand out with a unique qualification. Study at NZ's only university offering undergraduate Emergency Management studies.
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The Joint Centre for Disaster Research is New Zealand’s leading provider of emergency management education to students worldwide.
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Emergency or disaster management organises communities to respond to disasters. Massey’s in-depth emergency management courses specialise in participatory methods and research into how people think about risk, especially for volcanic eruptions.
Learn from world-class lecturers and researchers at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research. Gain deep knowledge of emergency management issues and theory, as well as operational practices and policies. Get work-ready with practical coursework and research projects relevant to the real world.
Emergency management is a good fit if you:
- enjoy school subjects such as geography, psychology, science or social studies
- want to help communities prepare, respond and recover from disasters and emergencies
- like solving problems quickly and under pressure in complex and challenging situations.
Emergency management courses
Disaster and emergency management courses may cover:
- community hazards education and planning
- communications about risks and during a crisis
- environmental health risk management
- human responses to natural disaster warnings
- incident and risk management
- incident command systems
- natural hazards and resilient communities
- psycho-social support.
Courses also provide the strategic and operational knowledge to help communities deal with:
- natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami or floods
- emergencies such as fires or terror attacks
- health issues such as water and food contamination, pandemics and epidemics
- technological hazards such as cyber attacks or power outages.
Our teaching draws on multidisciplinary research and partnerships. For example, our Indigenous Disaster Risk Management team works with Māori communities and other indigenous peoples to understand culture in disaster management.
We also offer short courses for professional development. Examples include:
- crisis decision-making
- iwi emergency management
- professional leadership training for response and recovery leaders
- risk analysis
- wellbeing management in emergencies.
How to study emergency management
Discover what we offer if you’re interested in emergency management – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.
PhD and other doctoral degrees
Relevant research areas at Massey
Discover research expertise, projects and initiatives relating to emergency management at Massey.
What our students say
“I’m interested in how people manage around adversity and what can be done to help them in a dignified way.”
“Massey's emergency management programme enabled me to get closer to my dream of working with marginalised communities affected by emergency events. I want to make a difference in this area by using my expertise in geospatial technologies and my knowledge in emergency management.”
Jobs in emergency management
Practical knowledge and skills in critical thinking, communication and planning are crucial in emergency management. Such skills are also in demand in related fields such as business management, health and safety, law, and policy analysis.
Our graduates work all over the world in local or national government agencies, or for humanitarian aid organisations, NGOs or public safety agencies. Others work in businesses, the defence forces, or hospitals. Job prospects are good for people with skills in emergency and disaster management and recovery.
Careers in disaster management include:
- business continuity and emergency managers, who work out how organisations can manage risks and recover during and after disasters
- disaster and emergency response managers, who develop civil defence plans and co-ordinate emergency services, volunteers, businesses and community responses
- emergency management officers, who carry out risk assessments and plan for disasters and hazards
- emergency services staff and leaders, such as firefighters, paramedics and police — and doctors, nurses and public health specialists
- international aid workers, who set up and run relief operations in affected communities, working with and enabling local organisations.
Salaries for emergency management jobs
Emergency management officers in New Zealand earn around $66,000 to $95,000, although pay depends on the role, organisation and location. Those in senior roles often earn more than $100,000.
Salary ranges disclaimer
Indicative pay rates are:
- in New Zealand dollars
- based on careers.govt.nz data.
Which emergency management qualification?
Examples of where our qualifications may take you.
|Jobs||Examples of what you could study|
|Business continuity manager or emergency management adviser/leader||
Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management
Master of Emergency Management
|Emergency management officer, disaster response manager, or senior roles in emergency operations/co-ordination centre||
Bachelor of Arts (minor in Emergency Management)
Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management
Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management
|Senior leader or technical expert in emergency management or national security||
Master of Emergency Management
PhD in Emergency Management
|International aid worker||Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Disaster Management)|
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