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MSc International Humanitarian Affairs (online)

University of York

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Engage with the philosophical and theoretical emergence of the concepts of humanitarianism

??We offer an opportunity for you to explore fast-changing, contemporary debates over the theory, policy and practice of humanitarian affairs. You will have the opportunity to network with like-minded experts, academics and policymakers from around the world who are responding to disasters, conflicts and complex political emergencies.

Course content

Our team brings expertise from Sub-Saharan and West Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America and experience of responding in real-time to tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, civil conflicts and many other disasters. They are conducting research and practice-oriented projects in most disaster and conflict affected countries in collaboration with the UN, INGOs, national governments and communities to challenge policy and practice to be effective, efficient and relevant.

This course will enable you to:

  • develop how you understand and respond to humanitarian needs in complex operational contexts such as violent conflict, natural hazards and political crises
  • examine and analyse contemporary issues, challenges and dilemmas using social, political, cultural, economic and environmental perspectives, lived experience of crisis-affected communities and changing policy debates as well as the technical approaches of the main humanitarian sectors
  • gain advanced academic and policy skills and learn how to use theory to maintain good practice
  • experience teaching led by a dedicated team of academic staff, policy makers and practitioners in the field of humanitarian affairs.

Careers and skills

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and many are working full-time jobs in real-time humanitarian responses where they can take full advantage of the flexible nature of the course.

The learning and teaching on the course enables you to build upon the practical knowledge gained from your professional experience with cutting-edge theory and an insight into humanitarian policy making. Successful completion of the course leads to a globally recognised qualification.

Our graduates have gone on to leading roles in governmental and non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and charities, working in areas affected by disasters and conflicts around the world. Their work spans the humanitarian and development spectrum, from camp management to advising the UN and governments on humanitarian responses. Many go on to further study at York and other leading universities.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 5,060per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

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  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching delivered by leading academics, integrated with award-winning employability programmes, equips students for the international labour market.
A diverse campus community of students from over 150 countries that offers a lifelong global alumni network.
Specialist international student support includes orientation, immigration advice, Language Skills Centres, and International Pathway College programmes.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    18th out of 105 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    137 71%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%



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