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.


Succulent Thighs & Other Stories, MoDDD public lecture, 15 October

                  The fifth MoDDD public lecture will feature Gurjit Singh Matharoo, director of Matharoo Associates and Chair of Architectural Design at Alma Matter CEDT University. Explore how…
Climate adaptation

MoDDD students develop climate change adaptation strategy for Hoi An Vietnam

In April and May MoDDD students were joined by Master of Landscape Architecture students on two field trips examining climate adaptation strategies in Melbourne and Vietnam.

Humanitarian Architecture Week 6–9 August 2018

For the first time in Australia, from Maningrida to Kabul, global humanitarian experts will explore how to provide appropriate design strategies for post-disaster communities, during a series of three RMIT 'Humanitarian Architecture' week events.
Front Page News

MoDDD leads Design, Disaster and Development forum at RMIT Europe

Ten European universities and industry leaders from UNHCR, UNHabitat and Catholic Relief services met to discuss how to deal with the pedagogic, spatial and research challenges of global mobility, migration and social inequality. The forum…

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