The MSc in Humanitarian Action provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for those working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action and related areas.
It is part of the inter-university multidisciplinary graduate joint masters programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA Masters).
The programme provides a dynamic classroom based learning environment, involving a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, simulations and field-trips.
The UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action (UCD-CHA) and NOHA are well recognised as key global institutional stakeholders in Humanitarian Studies.
Who should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Vision & Value Statement
The MSc. in Humanitarian Action (NOHA Masters) is an inter-university, multi-disciplinary postgraduate programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working in or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. The programme aims to provide students with a broad foundation in the area of international humanitarian action, in which both critical thinking and research skills are emphasized. The goal is to deliver high level, committed, interdisciplinary trained personnel who can function with enhanced professionalism in the broad field of humanitarian relief, and are informed by their theoretical insights and humanitarian principles. The programme design integrates professional and research orientation that is intended to bridge the gap between academic research and the humanitarian work-field. It adopts a competence-oriented, interactive and student centred approach to learning. Teaching practices include group and project work, lectures and seminars, student presentations, simulation exercises, individual study; individual internship and individual thesis research. The programme is suitable for both recent graduates and experience practitioners working or intending to work in the field of humanitarian relief and international co-operation as project managers, administrators, researchers, evaluators, consultants in national and international organisations, both in the field and at headquarters around the world.
Applicants must hold a minimum of an upper second class degree, or international equivalent, in a cognate subject.
Given that this is an Erasmus Mundus programme, knowledge of languages of the place(s) of study is an asset. Practical experience in the area of humanitarian action and / or development is valued.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information: https://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/int%20pmp/
Stage 1 - Core
World Politics and Humanitarian Action RDEV40110
Intensive Programme RDEV40130
Legal Dimensions of Humanitarian Action RDEV40140
Management in Humanitarian Action RDEV40170
Public Health RDEV40200
Minor Thesis RDEV40220
Anthropology and Intercultural Studies RDEV40330
Stage 1 - Option
Evidence-based Community Resilience: Applied Research Design
Linking Localization with Humanitarian Management HACT40020
Applied Research Design RDEV40530
Transition Issues & Strategies RDEV40580
Sociology of Transition RDEV40590
Addressing Gender-based Violence in Emergencies RDEV40700
15 months full-time.
MSc Humanitarian Action (D062) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9000
nonEU fee per year - € 24200
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
Next Intake:2020/2021 September
Post Course Info
Careers & Employability
Some 3,000 NOHA graduates currently work in the field of humanitarian relief and international co-operation. They hold various positions of responsibility in all kinds of international and national agencies, institutions and organisations, both in the field and at headquarters level all around the world. Such positions include:
emergency team leaders,
academics and consultants.