MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs

A two year online masters, taught entirely via distance learning on a part time basis


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 MIHA is delivered in three main stages over two years: Taught Component (Year 1), Taught Component (Year 2), and MSc (Year 2 with the completion of the dissertation).


The Masters in International Humanitarian Affairs (MIHA) has two core academic staff members within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. More broadly, the Department of Health Sciences' teaching and research teams also contribute to the teaching and learning of the MIHA. The MIHA Associates and collaborative organisations are contributing to enhance the networking and learning experiences of the MIHA students.

Learning Experience

As a MIHA student you will be able to access the in-depth knowledge base at the Department of Health Sciences through its unique learning and teaching experience whilst gaining a globally recognised postgraduate qualification.

Current Students

The Masters course in International Humanitarian Affairs attracts a wide variety of students from different backgrounds. As the Masters is divided over two years part time study, many of our students are professionals already working in the field, looking to broaden their knowledge and theory base to further the work that they are doing.


Listen to what some of our former students say about the course.


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. It also offers an opportunity for students to network with like-minded experts, academics and policy makers from around the world that are responding to disasters, conflicts and complex political emergencies. 

How to Apply

To start the course in September 2017, the deadline for completed applications is Friday 1st September 2017. All applicants with a good first degree (2:1 or above) or relevant professional experience are welcome to apply. Follow the link above for further information on entry requirements and fees.

Contact Details

For further information on the course please do not hesitate to contact or if you have any questions or clarifications email Dr Jo Rose at