MSc Humanitarian Action
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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.
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.
Develop global and comprehensive visions of conflict, disaster and related vulnerable situations, in terms of theoretical approaches, as well as the responses and their effects.
Demonstrate critical thinking, conceptualising, analysing, assessing and judging of complex humanitarian situations and demonstrate capacity to make informed and reasoned complex decisions and take action upon them
Demonstrate ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexities, to respond to new humanitarian challenges and paradigms with innovative approaches
Identify and investigate new trends in humanitarian action and do applied research to create new knowledge and thinking, promoting new ideas, developments and solutions
Apply knowledge and understanding to manage humanitarian operations in complex and uncertain environments, including risk assessment
Develop capacity to manage policies, strategies, and programmes according to humanitarian principles and values, and to understand and promote constructively global coordination of humanitarian efforts in a set of multiple and diverse actors on global, national and local level
Demonstrate excellent communications skills and ability to build and lead diverse teams, moving them to the highest collective performance
Demonstrate knowledge of key international humanitarian principles and values and professional codes of conduct, and commitment to their implementation in practice
Demonstrate an ability to deal with ethical and moral dilemmas, and to cope with humanitarian crises on a personal level in relation to oneself and to those one is responsible for.
Develop Learning skills to self-reflect and ability to continue learning using experiences for future interventions