University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Humanitarianism and Conflict Response

This course focuses on response to crises originating from both conflict-zones and natural disasters; bringing together the study of medicine and humanities provides a holistic approach, which mirrors the reality of aid operations and informs the reflexive processes of both analytical and applied disciplines; students are able to draw synergies from an exceptionally wide breadth of disciplinary traditions and research expertise.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in humanitarian and conflict response, history, politics, anthropology, medicine or related subject; or a Master's in a related subject plus appropriate professional accreditation or experience or a Bachelor's degree (1st or 2.1) plus additional appropriate professional accreditation or experience; candidates without a Master's degree must demonstrate evidence of a competent level of professional experience equivalent to at least 48 months continuous employment; minimum professional experience must be equivalent to at least 36 months continuous employment; this base in professional practice forms the context for the candidate's practice-based research; students whose first language is not English: IELTS a minimum of 7.0 overall; TOEFL minimum score of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test).

Course modules

Modules include: Humanitarianism and conflict response � inquiries; responding to illegal economies and political violence; humanitarianism responses to crises - case studies; history of humanitarian aid - population and displacement. Optional modules: fundamentals of epidemiology; emergency humanitarian assistance; conflict analysis; perspectives on development; global governance; the ethics of killing; war and critical thought; gender, violence and militarism.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (home fees) 48 months
PhD Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 48 months
PhD Part-time - 84 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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