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Bachelor of Emergency Management

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    Online

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Career Outcomes:

    Environmental Health Officer | Emergency Services Worker | View all

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About this course

The Bachelor of Emergency Management course offered by Charles Sturt University is your ticket to a professional career in emergency operations and recovery. Encompassing the practical and theoretical facets of emergency management, this online course offers a comprehensive approach to the management of natural and technological disasters, with subjects spanning such areas as law and policing, spatial science and graphic information systems, climate change and environmental science, human resource management and more.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Bachelor in Emergency Management degree you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or who prefer not to commit to the whole study period. Depending on the units studied, you can exit with an Associate Degree in Emergency Management.

How to Get In

To be accepted into this course, applicants must indicate their likelihood of success through:

  • Previous studies such as the NSW Higher School certificate, International Baccalaureate Diploma, full or partial completion of a university degree or completion of the CSU Pathways program; AND/OR
  • Other attainments and experience

It should be noted that preference will be given to applicants who currently have emergency management responsibilities.

Areas of study

In this emergency management course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Introduction to emergency management
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Emergency decision-making
  • Emergency management plan development
  • Training and exercise development
  • Analysis of disaster response
  • Post-impact disaster management
  • Foundations of psychology for health and human services
  • Introduction to spatial sciences and data visualisation
  • Principles of geographic information systems
  • Team management and leadership
  • Climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation
  • Developing a disaster recovery plan
  • Disaster recovery, sustainability and resilience
  • Humanitarian relief
  • Psychology of stress and trauma
  • Water policy and management
  • GIS applications
  • Image analysis
  • Integrated GIS/remote sensing
  • Natural resource management
  • Managing sustainable development
  • Health psychology
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Terrorism awareness
  • Working with the community
  • Applied legal studies (forensics)
  • Financial planning for business
  • Organisations and management
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Human resource management
  • Developing human resources
  • Introductory sociology
  • Social inequality
  • Social research
  • Community analysis
Charles Sturt University One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Emergency Management from Charles Sturt University.

Emergency management is a growing field with a range of opportunities nationally and internationally for those with expertise who are keen to prevent or lessen the effects of natural or human-induced disasters. Graduates can find work in a host of local, state or federal government agencies - such as police, fire, rescue and health services - in non-government humanitarian organisations, or in education.

Curious about where a career in government could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Emergency Services Worker

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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