MSc Humanitarian Policy and Practice

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    MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, 5 years flexible

Course Description

This Humanitarian Policy and Practice MSc will equip you with the analytical and evaluative skills to enable you to interpret and analyse complex humanitarian situations, while reflecting on humanitarian policies and practices in the past and present.

Preventing and responding to complex human and planetary needs in situations where the means to respond are limited, is a growing global priority. Conflict, environmental disasters, disease outbreaks and the rapidly escalating impact of the climate emergency demand a comprehensive understanding of the root causes and drivers of humanitarian situations, and an ability to respond effectively and ethically in such circumstances.

Using real-world case studies, this programme will draw from many of the political, ethical and other challenges that humanitarian responders face today.

Based in UCL’s world-leading Faculty of Population Health Sciences, the core of your learning will be organised around a commitment to improving humanitarian policy and practice with the aim of improving collective wellbeing, ensuring ethical and effective humanitarian response, and mitigating the risk of future humanitarian crises.

Who this course is for

This programme is designed for students with an interest in humanitarian issues and a relevant first degree. We accept applications from people with a wide range of qualifications, and we will consider professional experience where students do not have a relevant first degree. We are especially keen to receive applications from students with lived experience of humanitarian situations.

Entry Requirements

A UK degree at 2:1 classification or above in a social science or health/medical science subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates who do not meet the academic standards but who have 5 or more years relevant professional experience (this can be a combination of voluntary and paid work) may be considered for admission.

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Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations


On completion of this programme you will have:

  • Detailed understanding of the subject area of humanitarian policy and practice
  • The ability to critically analyse humanitarian interventions and policies
  • The ability to select and apply tools and knowledge to evaluate humanitarian interventions and policies
  • The ability to critically evaluate how knowledge is produced in humanitarian contexts, and the ability to critically appraise and conduct research
  • Essential project management skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective teamwork skills

Module Details

Compulsory modules

  •  Understanding Humanitarian Policy and Practice
  •  Research Methods for Humanitarian Contexts
  •  Improving Outcomes in Humanitarian Emergencies
  •  Programme Management for Humanitarians
  •  Humanitarianism and Intersectionality
  •  Humanitarian Technologies
  •  Individual Research Project
  •  Group Humanitarian Project

Optional modules

  •  Ethnicity, Migration and Health
  •  Gender, Disaster and Conflict

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change

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