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MA in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response

Main organization(s): University of Manchester


This multidisciplinary degree course focuses on response to crises originating from both conflict-zones and natural disasters. Bringing together the study of medicine and humanities, the course provides an inclusive approach that mirrors the reality of aid operations and informs the reflexive processes of both analytical and applied disciplines. You will be able to draw synergies from an exceptionally wide breadth of disciplinary traditions and research expertise.

Delivered by The Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) on a full time and part time basis.

Intended learning outcomes of the programme

Students should be able to show a critical understanding of:

1. Key issues and debates in humanitarianism and conflict response, familiarity with different theoretical approaches, practical problems and an appreciation of the diversity of policies at international and national levels.

2. The range of social science topics associated with humanitarianism and conflict response, and the normative and historiographic assumptions which underpin these issues.

3. The analytical and policy literature concerning the related issues of the causes of conflict, reconstruction, ethics and international governance structures and institutions, the role and perspectives of the state, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and domestic NGOs and other civil institutions.

4. A detailed and extensive understanding of a specific conceptual and/or policy-related area of humanitarianism and conflict response, of the implications and limitations of research findings on this subject, and of how to produce an original piece of academic research. Delivered via the dissertation module.

Subject areas

Course units

You will undertake 180 credits of course units with the dissertation providing a contribution of 60 credits.

Course units may include:

- Humanitarianism and Conflict Response - Inquiries
- Responding to Illegal Economies and Political Violence
- Methods and Case Studies
- History of Humanitarian Aid
- Fundamentals of Epidemiology
- Emergency Humanitarian Assistance
- The Ethics of Killing
- Global Governance
- Conflict Analysis
- Reconstruction and Development
- Militaries and Militarism
- Ethics in World Politics
- Performance in Theory and Practice
- Democracy Theory and Practice
- Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction
- Disaster Management
- Global Health

Course units may vary from year to year

Admission Requirement

Entry Requirements

An Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made.

English language:

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold an overall score of IELTS 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or an overall internet-based TOEFL test score of 100.

Geographical coverage



- Period of study: 1 year full time or 2 years part time
- Entry points: September

Application procedure

Apply online

Tuition & cost

Course fees for entry in September 2012:

MA (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £5,000
International students (per annum): £12,300

MA (part-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £2,500


Academic lead/course enquiries:
Dr Jenny Carson, HCRI MA Director

Application process/administrative enquiries:

Last updated

26 Mar 2012

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) United Kingdom (Manchester)

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