The MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs is unique as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that examines the changing nature of humanitarianism that is offered exclusively online. The Department of Health Sciences delivers the MSc in collaboration with experts on humanitarianism from the United Nations, IFRC, INGOs, academic institutions and community groups in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and many other individuals working throughout the world on humanitarian policy and delivery. 

The MIHA provides an academic setting for professionals:

  • To develop how they understand and respond to humanitarian needs in complex operational contexts such as violent conflict, natural hazards and political crises.
  • To examine and analyse contemporary issues, challenges and dilemmas using social, political, cultural, economic and environmental perspectives, lived experiences of crisis-affected communities and changing policy debates as well as the technical approaches of the main humanitarian sectors.
  • To gain advanced academic and policy skills, and learn how to use theory to maintain good practice.       
  • Teaching will be led by the dedicated MIHA team of experienced academic staff and will also be provided by academics, policy makers and practitioners in the field of humanitarian affairs. 

Study Details:

Part time Distance Learning

Module Details:

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Examining Humanitarianism (Core)
  • Protection and Assistance in International Humanitarian Law (Core)
  • Humanitarian Response: Food and Nutrition, Shelter, Health and WASH (Core)     

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Research Methods in Humanitarian Affairs (Core)
  • Education in Emergencies (Optional)
  • Evaluating Humanitarian Programmes (Optional)
  • Communities in Humanitarian Affairs (Optional)
  • Disasters in Complex Political Emergencies (Optional)


  • Dissertation

Other courses offered by the Department of Health Sciences include:

MSc in Applied Health Research:

MSc in International 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.

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website Request Information Add to Compare List

Key Information

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website
Request Information
Add to Compare List

University Hub

University of York

More Information