International Humanitarian Action, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 16 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The 120 ECTS Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary masterprogramme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. The International Humanitarian Action programme is offered by the University of Groningen.

About

The International Humanitarian Action programme is offered by the University of Groningen. The programme is offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. These universities are united in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). The students can follow the regional training programmes (3rd semester) in various global universities.

Interdisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual teaching and training by interfaculty members, a combination of in-house experts and field-experienced guest lecturers. In this programme you will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies. You will study the causes of conflicts and different coping strategies for conflicts and disasters, assess intervention and reconstruction programmes. Also, practical skills are acquired such as management skills and cross-cultural communication skills.   

Graduates have the capacity to act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhance professional delivery of assistance and substainable actions. 

Job prospects:

Some 3,500 graduated professionals work in the field of humanitarian relief and international co-operation. They hold various positions of responsibility in all kinds of international and national NGOs, institutions, agencies and government both in the field and at headquarters level all around the world. Such positions include programme managers, protection officers, field/country directors, emergency team leaders, administrators, researchers, academics and consultants.

Job examples:

  • programme managers
  • protection officers
  • field/country directors
  • emergency team leaders
  • researchers
  • consultants

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Intensive Programme in Humanitarian Action 
  • Social and Medical Sciences in Humanitarian Action 
  • Geopolitics in Humanitarian Action 
  • International Law for Humanitarian Action 
  • Management in Humanitarian Action 
  • Disaster Analysis & Intervention Design 
  • Internship Humanitarian Action 
  • Master's Thesis in Humanitarian Action 
  • Humanitarian Analysis and Intervention Design
  • Methodology and Research Methods in Humanitarian Studies
  • World Politics and Humanitarian Action
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 16 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Requirements:
  • Bachelor degree in law, health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, management, international relations or any other humanitarian action related field.
  • Relevant working experience is an advantage.
  • Students will be selected based on an assessment of their prior learning, motivation and, if applicable, earlier field experience.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      6000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 16 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      6000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 16 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Groningen

    750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding


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