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MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response

Main organization(s): University of Manchester


This multidisciplinary MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response 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 benefit from being able to draw on an exceptionally wide breadth of disciplinary traditions and research expertise. 


We aim to:

  • Provide critical insights into competing perspectives on how Humanitarianism and Conflict Responses can be understood, analysed and explained - from both an historiographic and contemporary viewpoint;
  • Develop analytical skills in critically evaluating the idea of humanitarianism and the ways that responses to conflict are organised, justified and implemented. This includes competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches;
  • Develop skills in gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources. This will be complemented by guidance on how best to manage workloads and obtain research materials;
  • Enable you to apply research skills to a relevant research area.

By the end of the course, students should be able to show a critical understanding of:

  • 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;
  • Both the range of social science topics associated with Humanitarianism and Conflict Response and the normative and historiographic assumptions which underpin these issues;
  • 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;
  • 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, all through their dissertation. 

You will undertake units totalling 180 credits. Core and optional units combine to make 120 credits, with the remaining 60 credits allocated to the dissertation.

Subject areas

  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries
  • Research and Evaluation Methods
  • Border-Crossings: Comparative Cultures of Diaspora
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Humanitarianism and displacement: Researching the legacies of war
  • Introduction to Critical GIS
  • Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction
  • Global Health and Food Insecurity
  • Armed Groups and Humanitarian Aid
  • Humanitarian Diplomacy and Negotiation in Practice
  • Cultures and Disasters
  • Disaster Governance
  • Anthropology of Life-Course in Societies Affected by Violence
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Crises
  • Remembering relief
  • Emergency Humanitarian Assistance

Course units may vary from year to year

Admission Requirement

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: An overall grade of 6.5 in IELTS is required or 93+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 23. If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our English language requirements to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.



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Starts every September
Period of study: 1 year full time or 2 years part time


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+44 (0)161 275 0322

Last updated

06 Mar 2019

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

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