Transition your career into the humanitarian sector

Undertake a flexible online and face to face intensive degree structure suited to students still working full-time.


Where can MoDDD take you?

“MoDDD has transformed my career. I have been working with UNCHR, camp planning for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.”
David Anderson, MoDDD graduate


Become a Leader in the Humanitarian Sector

“RMIT’s MoDDD degree is critical to the global shelter sector in addressing complex design and planning tasks needed to rebuild physical and social infrastructure, before and after a disaster.”
Brett Moore, Chief, Shelter and Settlements Section UNHCR


Humanitarian Architecture Week, August 6-9

Humanitarian Architecture Week global humanitarian experts, from Maningrida to Kabul, will meet at RMIT to explore how to provide appropriate design strategies for vulnerable communities.

About our Program

The Master of Disaster, Design and Development (MoDDD) is Australia’s leading post graduate degree providing a global learning platform for students wanting to transition their careers into the disaster-management and humanitarian sectors.

Working with industry experts you will develop transdisciplinary skills to rebuild communities impacted by disaster, poverty and displacement.

Why MoDDD?

Develop cross-disciplinary skills

Students from diverse backgrounds – from social science, engineering, design, communication and health – will learn systems and design thinking skills to address problems in disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, climate change adaptation and urban resilience.

Manage work-life balance

MoDDD provides you with a range of flexible study options to suit local, interstate and international students. These include online learning modules, face-to-face intensive workshops with industry professionals and optional international field trips to Vietnam and South America.

Work with industry experts

MoDDD was developed in close collaboration with leaders in the humanitarian sector, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), World Vision International, UN-Habitat and UNHCR; who all remain active within the program.

Study in a prestigious university

MoDDD sits within the renowned school of Architecture at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. By enrolling in the MoDDD degree, you will become part of a world-leading Architecture & Urban Design school, ranked 26th in the latest QS world university ranking.


DESIGN LIKE YOU GIVE A DAMN! – 3 Stories of Design and Social Agency

Registrations for this event are now full Hear three design leaders who give a damn share their stories of practising at the nexus of shelter and infrastructure design, social change and environmental sustainability. JEREMY MCLEOD –Founding…
Graduate news

Lisa Skillern works with Yasmeen Lari and Heritage Foundation Pakistan

MoDDD graduate Lisa Skillern tells us about her recent experience working pro bono for the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan and with the Porcelain Bear ceramic studio. — Lisa Skillern At the invitation of Yasmeen Lari during…
Faculty news

What is socially responsible architecture?

"It's not always a question of where are your ethics, but where is your humanity?" – Esther Charlesworth On Feb. 12, Esther Charlesworth, MoDDD academic director and founder of Architects Without Frontiers, spoke at Architecture…
Faculty news

MoDDD’s newest adjunct professor: Brett Moore

The MoDDD team is thrilled to announce the appointment of Brett Moore, UNHCR's head of shelter, as adjunct professor in landscape architecture at RMIT. Brett is a highly regarded expert in the field of humanitarian…

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