What is humanitarian action? In what ways are humanitarian emergencies intensified and changed by conflict? What factors define a humanitarian disaster? What laws and moral principles steer humanitarian interventions? The one-year Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict is aimed at those who are interested in humanitarian work both in Europe and the world at large.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict seeks to give you the skills and competences necessary to work within different areas of humanitarian action. The programme focuses on taking an independent, critical and constructively active approach to humanitarian work, especially in conflict situations. It also aims to provide you with knowledge and methods relevant to conflict situations and peace-building activities.
Those of you interested in an international mobility programme with similar content may wish to consider the 120-credit Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts in Theology (60 credits) with International Humanitarian Action as the main field of study.
First semester Introduction to Humanitarian Action, 5 credits Anthropology in Humanitarian Action, 5 credits International Law in Humanitarian Assistance, 5 credits Geopolitics, 5 credits Public Health in Humanitarian Action, 5 credits Management, 5 credits
Second semester Conflict and Peace-Building, 15 credits Master's Thesis, 15 credits
Teaching in the programme consists of lectures and seminars in which students are expected to play an active part. You write a Master's thesis with guidance from a supervisor. The programme also includes extensive independent study. The language of instruction is English.
The statement of purpose should mention your motivation, relevant education, experience and future plans in the humanitarian field. The statement should be uploaded with the rest of your application to the University Admissions website.
Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.