Humanitarian Action - Joint Masters

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action.

This Masters offers students the opportunity to grow both academically and professionally within the field of crisis relief and development. Offering access to a worldwide professional network, the NOHA Masters is an inter-university and multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that combines the provision of high quality academic education with skills and competencies needed to work in the area of humanitarian action and related areas. It is a postgraduate course which aims to develop skilled professionals who have both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed out in the field.

Created in 1993 through the concerted efforts of the NOHA Universities in close collaboration with the DG for Humanitarian Action and Civil Protection (ECHO) and the DG for Education and Culture, the initiative was a response to a growing need for higher educational qualifications specifically suited to addressing complex humanitarian emergencies.

Collaboration is one of the most unique elements of the programme and is central to the NOHA experience. Students study at different universities and benefit from rich cultural interaction and exchange of ideas and languages. It is an integral part of the NOHA teaching-learning process. The partner universities have gradually integrated the joint training and research programme into their respective curricula, achieving a high degree of co-operation and integration, while preserving their speciality and traditions.NOHA students come from all over the world and register in the NOHA network. They are admitted following a highly competitive selection process agreed by the Network and can therefore enrol for courses jointly recognised by each of the participating universities, with the assurance of good communication links between them.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Evidence-based Community Resilience: Applied Research DesignHACT40010
Linking Localisation with Humanitarian ManagementHACT40020
Addressing GBV in EmergenciesHACT40100
Legal Dimensions of HAHACT40110
World Politics and HAHACT40120
Social AnthropologyHACT40130
Public HealthHACT40140
Management in HAHACT40150
Intensive ProgrammeHACT40160
Work Placement in HAHACT40180
Regional Training in HAHACT40190
Minor Thesis in HA 30crHACT40210
Orientation Period - AixHACT40390
Orientation Period - DeustoHACT40410
Orientation Period - GroningenHACT40420
Orientation Period - BochumHACT40430
Orientation Period - UppsalaHACT40440
Orientation Period-WarsawHACT40660
Orientation Period- MaltaHACT40710

Entry requirements

​Candidates are chosen on the basis of the quality of their education and professional background, their experience in and concern for humanitarian issues, their multicultural sensitivity and their linguistic abilities.

Admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following entry requirements and common minimum eligibility criteria:

All applicants must follow the joint application procedure as established by the NOHA+ consortium. Please contact the Programme Director for more information.

Candidates must have obtained, as a minimum, a university first cycle degree (Bachelor, EQF level 6) in a discipline of relevance to humanitarian action (medical sciences, foods sciences, economics and management, engineering, law, social sciences, education sciences, humanities).

Candidates are required to have a recognised qualification in the language(s) of instruction of the universities they plan to attend - English is the language of instruction in all universities during all semester except for Aix-Marseilles (French - 1st & 2nd Semester) and Deusto (Spanish - 1st semester only).

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
Joint Masters in Humanitarian Action FT (D061)
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




D061: 2 years full-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


MSc Humanitarian Action (D061) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 12000
nonEU fee per year - € 12000

***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.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Some 3,500 NOHA graduates currently work in the field of humanitarian relief and international co-operation. They hold various positions of responsibility in humanitarian relief and international co-operation for organisations and institutions in the field and at HQs globally.

Such positions include programme managers, protection officers, field/country directors, delegates, emergency team leaders, administrators, researchers, academics and consultants.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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