About the Programme

Level of qualification second cycle (EQF – Level 7)
Form of study full-time
Duration 4 semesters
Total ECTS Credits 120
Language English
The Master Programme in Humanitarian Action (HA) provides students with a broad education and training in the area of international humanitarian action, in which critical thinking and research skills are emphasised. Moreover, the interdisciplinary Master’s degree combines theoretical and analytical knowledge and skills with a more hands-on approach. Courses are taught by a combination of in-house experts and field-experienced guest lecturers.
The Programme in HA has both specialised and interdisciplinary dimensions and offers education primarily in the area of political science and law, but also in management, anthropology and public health. Moreover, the curriculum offers several practical elements (i.e. simulations) which enhances the graduates’ prospects on the job market.

As part of the Programme, the students undertake two semesters of mobility. The first mobility involves orientation period (thematic specialization) in one of the NOHA partner universities in Europe, whereas the second is an introduction to one’s own research in a selected part of the world ( Latin America, South-East Asia, South Africa, North America), continued during the preparation of the master thesis. Students can choose (instead of second mobility) Work placement with one of our numerous partners. The Programme’s goal is thus to train high level, committed, interdisciplinary trained personnel who can critically analyse and research humanitarian action, who can function with enhanced professionalism and full awareness of the social, political, legal, cultural and security environment, and who can provide quality services in the broad field of humanitarian relief, informed on their theoretical insights and humanitarian principles.

The Programme in Humanitarian Action is intended for individuals working in or aspiring to work in the field of humanitarian relief and international cooperation, in particular in humanitarian agencies, multilateral aid institutions, NGOs and private foundations, government agencies and well as think tank/research centres focusing on humanitarian and development assistance.

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The Programme was developed and is run jointly by the Faculty of Law & Administration and the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies (Institute of International Relations), in cooperation with partner universities associated in the Network on Humanitarian Action.

Since 2019 the graduates of the Programme are awarded a Joint Master Diploma issued by Ruhr-Universität Bochum on behalf of the whole consortium.

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