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.

Full Time option suitable for:

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

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.

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 fi rst 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.

Evin Joyce, Visibility and Reporting Officer for the World Food Programme

When I was 21, I decided I wanted to work in the aid sector after volunteering as a teacher in a school in the slums of Delhi, India. As well as opening my eyes to the realities of extreme poverty, the personal satisfaction at the end of a day’s work made my previous jobs pale in comparison. My route to Brussels and a job in the humanitarian sector began in 2010 when I enrolled in the NOHA masters in Humanitarian Action in UCD. The course threw us right into the subject with regular guest-lectures from humanitarian professionals. What I liked most was that our class of 26 was made up of students from 14 countries on 4 continents. Many of my classmates had previous fi eld experience in humanitarian settings, often leading to very interesting discussions in class. Just before the course ended I was selected for an internship in the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) which co-fi nances the NOHA masters. For me and many of my classmates, NOHA has been an essential and hugely enriching stepping-stone towards work that I am privileged to be a part of.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Humanitarian Action FT (X438)
15 Months
Full Time

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