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Graduate Certificate of Business (Emergency and Disaster Communication)

Summary
Graduate Certificate of Business Specialisation Emergency & Disaster Communication (GCBU)

Study Mode
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 4 units

Duration
  • 0.5 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

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Program Information Set

Be ready to respond with confidence and clarity

Communication and understanding how people act in a disaster is central to effective emergency management – in other words, saving lives. USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business (Emergency and Disaster Communication) will develop your communication skills for all phases of disaster management, with special emphasis given to change communication, community engagement and disaster management in your home country. 

Designed to meet industry demand, the Emergency and Disaster Communication specialisation will enable you to work comfortably in an emergency communication environment and in any disaster situation.

Further Study

After completing the Graduate Certificate of Business (Emergency and Disaster Communication), you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Graduate Diploma of Business or the Master of Project Management.

You will be prepared to execute expert emergency and disaster communication processes in both a national and international context as a specialist public relations professional. 

Students must complete any four courses from the Emergency and Disaster Communication specialisation within the Master of Project Management.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 10680

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in any area, or equivalent.
    or
  • A minimum of five years’ professional work experience, or equivalent. 

Supporting evidence for admission through work experience only

Evidence of work experience is required to demonstrate equivalence to a Bachelor Degree at AQF level 7 through:

  • A curriculum vitae or professional LinkedIn profile which provides details of:
  • Names, position titles and contact details of referees (employers or supervisors) who will be able to verify the nature of your work for the period of 5 years. Referees may be contacted by USQ and should be able to provide details on, but not limited to: communication skills, self-directed work and learning, managing people or client accounts, managerial responsibilities for any major projects and/or financial delegation accountabilities.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

To apply for this degree:

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via online study.

 

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 – applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.