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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Humanitarian Practice

University of Manchester

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    5 years

Course summary

Course description

The MSc in Humanitarian Practice course is part of the Leadership Education Academic Partnership (LEAP) programme. A flexible master's course designed by humanitarians, for humanitarians, it allows professionals to study alongside working in the field.

The programme crosses traditional subject boundaries to enable you to reflect critically on issues arising from your own work, the wider humanitarian agenda and develop the skills set needed for contemporary humanitarian practitioners.

Focusing on a wide range of humanitarian issues, the course offers a thorough exploration of the agents of change in the humanitarian field. The blended nature of this course promotes lifelong learning.

The MSc is delivered jointly by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at The University of Manchester and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

It brings together the disciplines of epidemiology, history, politics, anthropology, development studies, international relations, public health, management and humanitarian medicine, as well as the expertise of academics and leading practitioners.

As an HCRI and LSTM student, you will benefit from a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, as well as individual tutoring and supervision from academics from a wide range of disciplines.


The overarching aim of the course is to enhance the leadership and management capacities in medical humanitarian operations through employing multidisciplinary, self-reflective and collaborative approaches and epistemologies. The course also aims to provide the following:

To nurture graduates who are critical thinkers, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders with humanitarian principles.
To advance interdisciplinary knowledge to meet the changing operational needs of humanitarian fields.
Lead and excel in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of humanitarian movements.

Teaching and learning

This course combines the required core course units with a wide range of optional courses delivered by both The University of Manchester and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The core units are delivered as blended learning, which include eight weeks of online learning with two weeks of intensive face-to-face teaching in Manchester and Liverpool, in the middle of the units. Teaching and learning methods include:

  • lectures;
  • tutorials;
  • skills workshops (including action learning sets);
  • individual and group presentations;
  • group discussion and reporting-back;
  • group, paired and individual case study analyses and exercises;
  • assignment and work-based projects;
  • meetings with mentors;
  • reflective reports.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment methods can include written assignments, exams, presentations, group projects and tutorial discussion and participation alongside online assessment tools such as quizzes.

Career opportunities

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate.

Students can also exit with PGDip or PGCert awards.

Tuition fees

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University information

University of Manchester

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  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 102 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    152 77%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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