MSc Humanitarian Studies

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About the course

The programme reviews historical and current policies and practice in humanitarian assistance and explores novel approaches in responding to the challenges of today’s humanitarian problems. It is responding to the need for a professional, integrated, accountable and ethical approach to humanitarian interventions in which humanitarian workers are often called upon to operate in complex and demanding environments.

Opportunities for in-depth study include regional and country case studies and modules addressing specific aspects of humanitarian interventions. In addition, the programme offers participants an opportunity to develop and undertake a research project, usually overseas, in an area of special interest indicated by client non-governmental organisations, international organisations or national ministries. Alternatively, participants may undertake a desk-based research study of a specialist aspect of humanitarian interventions or they may undertake and document a placement / internship with an appropriate non-governmental or international organisation (NGO/IO).

From a student’s perspective, the programme follows a path from general introduction to the world of humanitarian action, to examining key settings and the management of relief operations, cumulating with the research project or placement, allowing students to incorporate both the practical and theoretical trends of the programme. At the same time, the programme follows a coherent path towards a research project/internship, starting with general introductions to research and progressing, via the Scientific and Professional Skills, to look at specific skills useful for the student.


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