Engage with the philosophical and theoretical emergence of the concepts of humanitarianism
We offer an opportunity for you to explore fast-changing, contemporary debates over the theory, policy and practice of humanitarian affairs. You will have the opportunity to network with like-minded experts, academics and policymakers from around the world who are responding to disasters, conflicts and complex political emergencies.
Our department is ranked 7th nationally for public health, health services and primary care in the Times Higher Education's latest ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (2014).
Our experts help improve human health and humanitarian responses through the analysis and delivery of leading research.
Work in collaboration with experts on humanitarianism from the United Nations, IFRC, INGOs, academic institutions and community groups in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Our team brings expertise from Sub-Saharan and West Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America and experience of responding in real-time to tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, civil conflicts and many other disasters. They are conducting research and practice-oriented projects in most disaster and conflict affected countries in collaboration with the UN, INGOs, national governments and communities to challenge policy and practice to be effective, efficient and relevant.
This course will enable you to:
This course 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).
During Year 1, you'll study three core modules.
In Year 2, you'll study one core module and choose two option modules.
Choose one from:
Choose one from:
The third component is your dissertation.
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
To successfully complete the course you will have to complete a 15,000-word dissertation based on an original research project.
The dissertation will allow you to design, implement and finalise your own research project with a final research report. The module encourages you to conduct your dissertation research on a subject or research question that is stimulating to you as well as important to the field of contemporary humanitarian affairs.
You will receive a personal supervisor for your dissertation who will offer you support throughout the research period.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home) / International and EU|
|Part-time, distance learning (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.
We don't anticipate there being any additional costs to study this course. The tuition fees cover the learning and reading materials, access to the University of York library and various humanitarian databases. Depending on how you like to work, you may wish to print some documents out, this may incur an additional cost but that will be dependent on your own preference and working styles.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
The course is primarily taught through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). All your course materials will be provided through the VLE.
We combine a variety of learning techniques including interactive discussion groups and seminars led by practitioners, academic staff and course partners. We are constantly updating and exploring new learning technologies and developing new ways to provide the course material using the most effective methods.
You'll use a wide variety of learning tools including:
As a distance learner you'll also have the opportunity to access e-support from the Writing and Language Skills Centre at the University.
You will be assessed throughout the course in theory, policy and practice elements. You will have to successfully complete all areas to be able to progress.
A variety of assessment methods including critical essays, analytical reports, posters and proposals will be used. You will be given individual written assessment feedback for every piece of assessed work. You can request detailed feedback either through an email or a Skype meeting.
Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and many are working full-time jobs in real-time humanitarian responses where they can take full advantage of the flexible nature of the course.
The learning and teaching on the course enables you to build upon the practical knowledge gained from your professional experience with cutting-edge theory and an insight into humanitarian policy making. Successful completion of the course leads to a globally recognised qualification.
Our graduates have gone on to leading roles in governmental and non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and charities, working in areas affected by disasters and conflicts around the world. Their work spans the humanitarian and development spectrum, from camp management to advising the UN and governments on humanitarian responses. Many go on to further study at York and other leading universities.
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in an appropriate subject. We are willing to consider applications from those who do not have the appropriate qualifications but have suitable humanitarian and development experience through working with the United Nations, international humanitarian and development organisations, government authorities, community-based groups or local charities.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
For more information see our English language requirements.