The MSc in Humanitarian Action provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for those working or intending to work in humanitarian action and related areas which is now more relevant than ever.
The MSc has evolved over a 25-year period and is distinguished by its inter-disciplinary, inter-sectoral and international nature. Inter-disciplinary: Engaging with a range of disciplines as they relate to humanitarian action and strengthening societal resilience, including management, politics, public health, international law and social anthropology. Inter-sectoral: Partnering the full stakeholder mix including The Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement, INGOs, Government Representative and the Private sector to engage with academics to enrich the learning experience for graduate students.
International: Attracting students from a diverse range of nationalities, educational cultures and professional experiences to challenge contemporary theory, policy and practices. The international dimension is typified by the field trip to Wolaita, Ethiopia as part of the third trimester of the 2020/2021 programme. This MSc Programme is closely aligned to the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action (UCD-CHA) and NOHA, both of which are well recognised as key global institutional stakeholders in Humanitarian Studies.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
12 Months (1 Year) Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- UCD has delivered graduate programmes in Humanitarian Action since 1998.
- The programme design integrates professional and research orientations and is intended to bridge the gap between academic research and humanitarian practice.
- The MSc in Humanitarian Action provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for those working or intending to work in humanitarian action and related areas which is now more relevant than ever.
- The positions held by these alumni vary but include programme managers, protection officers, field/country directors, delegates, administrators, researchers, academics and consultants.
How to Apply
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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:
- Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
- Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A copy of your passport
- Personal Statement
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
• 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 first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
• Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.
• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing center closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110.
Special Entry Requirements
UCD has delivered graduate programmes in Humanitarian Action since 1998. There are some 600 alumni of UCD’s humanitarian action postgraduate programmes currently holding positions both in the field and at headquarters level around the world. The majority of these alumni are employed by the UN, governments, non-governmental organisations or within academia. In more recent years increasing numbers are employed by consultancy companies and private sector organisations. The positions held by these alumni vary but include programme managers, protection officers, field/country directors, delegates, administrators, researchers, academics and consultants.