University of York

University of York

International Humanitarian Affairs

This programme in international humanitarian affairs is studied exclusively online. It is run by the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) in collaboration with the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (HPG-ODI) and is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that examines the changing nature of humanitarianism that is offered exclusively online. This programme offers an opportunity for field practitioners to engage with the philosophical and theoretical emergence of the concepts of humanitarianism and explore the fast-changing, contemporary debates over the theory, policy and practice of humanitarian affairs.

Entry requirements

We are seeking applicants with at least a 2.1 university degree. Candidates without a university degree may also be considered where they have extensive relevant professional experience and can demonstrate the necessary academic ability through the application process. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Modules for year 1 include: The politics of international humanitarian affairs; protection and assistance in international humanitarian law; evidence-based policy making and programming. Modules for year 2 include: Emergency shelter early recovery and community resilience; the governance of health and nutrition in fragile states; education in emergencies. Modules 4, 5 and 6 will be issue driven and will adopt a problem-based learning approach.

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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