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University College Dublin MSc Humanitarian Action
University College Dublin

MSc Humanitarian Action

Dublin, Ireland

1 Years

English

Full time

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EUR 26,250 / per year *

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* full time non-EU fee per year - € 26250; EU fee per year - € 9690

Introduction

The MSc Humanitarian Action has evolved over a 25-year period and is distinguished by its interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral and international nature.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted societies globally. It has exposed the vulnerabilities and fragility of our existence. Unfortunately, it has emerged at a time when the International Humanitarian System is already challenged to address the effects of other disasters. We are living in an era of unprecedented humanitarian need brought about by climate change, complex political emergencies resulting in conflict, global migration, and protracted conflicts. Before the pandemic emerged, an estimated 72 million people were displaced from their homes due to conflict, an estimated 180 million people were in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, and almost a billion were undernourished globally. Needless to say, the devastation of COVID-19 will vary considerably across societies.

This MSc provides high-quality academic education and professional competencies for those working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action and related areas. The programme aims to provide students with a broad foundation in the area of international humanitarian action, in which both critical thinking and research skills are emphasised. The goal is to deliver high-level, committed, interdisciplinary trained personnel who can function with enhanced professionalism in the broad field of humanitarian relief, and are informed by their theoretical insights and humanitarian principles. The programme design integrates professional and research orientation that is intended to bridge the gap between academic research and the humanitarian work field.

The programme supports students to build suitable networks for research and internships. This master's programme has a long tradition of attracting students from diverse backgrounds with varying degrees of experience in the humanitarian sector and related fields.

This MSc Programme is closely aligned with the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action (UCD-CHA) and NOHA, both of which are well-recognised as key global institutional stakeholders in Humanitarian Studies.

The programme provides a dynamic classroom-based learning environment, involving a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, simulations and field trips. Students have the opportunity to explore specific themes through second-trimester specialisations and a minor thesis. The MSc in Humanitarian Action brings together experts from academia and the field to lecture on the different modules.

The programme aims to provide students with a broad foundation in the area of international humanitarian action, in which both critical thinking and research skills are emphasised. The goal is to deliver high-level, committed, interdisciplinary trained personnel who can function with enhanced professionalism in the broad field of humanitarian relief, and are informed by their theoretical insights and humanitarian principles.

The programme design integrates professional and research orientations and is intended to bridge the gap between academic research and humanitarian practice. It adopts a competence-oriented, interactive and student-centred approach to learning. Teaching practices include group and project work, lectures and seminars, student presentations, simulation exercises, individual internships and individual thesis research. The programme is suitable for both recent graduates and experienced practitioners working or intending to work in the field of humanitarian relief and international cooperation as project managers, administrators, researchers, evaluators, and consultants in national and international organisations, both in the field and at headquarters around the world.

Vision and Values Statement

The programme aims to provide students with a broad foundation in the area of international humanitarian action, in which both critical thinking and research skills are emphasised. The goal is to deliver high-level, committed, interdisciplinary trained personnel who can function with enhanced professionalism in the broad field of humanitarian relief, and are informed by their theoretical insights and humanitarian principles. The programme design integrates professional and research orientations and is intended to bridge the gap between academic research and humanitarian practice. It adopts a competence-oriented, interactive and student-centred approach to learning. Teaching practices include group and project work, lectures and seminars, student presentations, simulation exercises, individual internships and individual thesis research. The programme is suitable for both recent graduates and experienced practitioners working or intending to work in the field of humanitarian relief and international cooperation as project managers, administrators, researchers, evaluators, and consultants in national and international organisations, both in the field and at headquarters around the world.

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