Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards

University of New England

Program Overview

Armed with a thorough understanding of diverse perspectives in the planning and management of natural hazards, the Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards will add value to your role at a time when skills in disaster reduction are particularly vital.

By completing the coursework program of core and elective units, you will be equipped with knowledge and skills to competently work in the field of natural hazard mitigation and policy development by completing fundamental core units plus your choice of elective units.

The core units cover topic areas that are fundamental to planning and managing natural hazards:

  • environmental factors that combine to produce natural hazards

  • the ecological, social and economic consequences of natural hazards and disasters

  • methods relevant to studying aspects of natural hazards and disasters

  • mitigation strategies

  • challenges and opportunities for policy development in the natural hazards field

  • future trends in planning for and managing natural hazards.



  Course Duration

6 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 28,216



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Rule A Core Units

24 credit points

Complete the following units:

  • Climate Change and Future Planning (GEPL407) – 6 credit points

  • Natural Hazards (GEPL409) – 6 credit points

  • Uncertainty, Science and Policy-Making (GEPL415) – 6 credit points

  • Planning Policy for Hazards (GEPL490) – 6 credit points



Rule B Listed Units

24 credit points

Complete 24 credit points including a minimum of 6 credit points at 400 level, a maximum of 12 credit points at 300 level and maximum of 18 credit points at 500 level from the following units:

Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (ECON429) – 6 credit points

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EM512) – 6 credit points

  • Spatial Analysis and Modelling (EM533) – 6 credit points

  • Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking (EM534) – 6 credit points

  • Environmental Geology (GEOL313) – 6 credit points

  • Water in the Environment (GEPL306) – 6 credit points

  • Environmental Change in Australia (GEPL308) – 6 credit points

  • Environmental Change in Australia (GEPL508) – 6 credit points

  • Catchment to Coast (GEPL311) – 6 credit points

  • Catchment to Coast (GEPL511) – 6 credit points

  • Cradle to Grave: Population Geography (GEPL322) – 6 credit points

  • Rural Planning and Resource Management (GEPL324) – 6 credit points

  • Economic Change and Urban Development (GEPL401) – 6 credit points

  • Population, Health and Environment (GEPL521) – 6 credit points

  • Environmental Planning and Administration (GEPL535) – 6 credit points

  • Place-making for People and the Environment (GEPL570) – 6 credit points

  • Sustainability Strategies (LLM529) – 6 credit points

  • Natural Resource Policy and the Community (NR511) – 6 credit points

  • Politics and the Environment: Intersecting Crises (PAIS365) – 6 credit points

  • Peace Through Environmental Security (PEAC504) – 6 credit points

  • Globalisation as if People and Ecosystems Matter (PEAC573) – 6 credit points

  • Integrated Water Resource Management (RSNR502) – 6 credit points

  • Australian Social and Public Policy (SOCY313) – 6 credit points

  • Global Societal Challenges (SOCY519) – 6 credit points

A candidate shall:

  • hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree from a recognised university in a related field of study, for example, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography or Environmental Science; or

  • hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards from UNE.


English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet a minimum of one of the following criteria:

  • English is the applicant's first language; or

  • Satisfactory completion, within five years of the date of application for admission to UNE, of at least one year of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in a country in which English is the primary official language or co-official language and in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed; or

  • A pass grade or better in an English language subject at Australian Year 12 level or overseas equivalent; or

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5*; or

  • Equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213 in the computer-based test or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component*; or

  • A Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50*

International Fees


Your knowledge and skills gained from completing this course will enable employment in a range of fields including:

  • environmental and town planning

  • urban and regional planning

  • natural resource management

  • emergency management

  • disaster mitigation.

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