MSc Humanitarian Action

Academic Year 2020/2021

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.

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:

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

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

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

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.

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.

  • 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 profi ciency 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/

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Humanitarian Action FT (D062)
Duration
15 Months
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *

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