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Humanitarian Action

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.

Entry requirements

-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


15 months full-time.

Careers or further progression

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:
programme managers,
protection officers,
field/country directors,
emergency team leaders,
academics and consultants.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Desire Mpanje
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 7608

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - core:


Intensive Programme

International Humanitarian Law

Management in Humanitarian Action

Medicine and Public Health

Social Anthropology

Applied Research Design

Transition Issues & Strategies

Sociology of Transition

Stage 1 - Option:
Minor Thesis


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Application date

MSc Humanitarian Action FT (X438)

Deadline: Rolling

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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