Master’s studies

Syllabus for Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict

Magisterprogram i humanitärt arbete vid konflikter

  • 60 credits
  • Programme code: RHA2N
  • Established: 2015-06-02
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Syllabus applies from: Autumn 2016
  • Responsible faculty: Faculty of Theology
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Entry 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. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:

  • 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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.


The Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict aims to provide students the competences and skills needed to work in different areas of the humanitarian field. The programme focuses on how to make independent, critical and constructive contributions to humanitarian actions especially in conflict situations. The programme also aims to provide the student with both data and methodology relating to conflict situations and peace-building activities. A student who graduates from the programme can take on different professional roles such as project manager, conflict analyst or desk officer in NGO's and governmental organisations.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the programme, a student should have the following competences:

  • a comprehensive understanding of the humanitarian action field;
  • an ability to communicate advanced knowledge concerning humanitarian action to a non-academic target group in both oral and written form;
  • an ability to make an independent analysis of problems in the field of humanitarian action and conflict;
  • a understanding of specific perspectives on humanitarian phenomena, including anthropological, geopolitical, legal, public health, managerial and ethical perspectives;
  • an ability to systematically analyse and assess a humanitarian crisis from several relevant perspectives.

Layout of the Programme

Term 1
Introduction to Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
Anthropology in Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
International Law, 5 credits
Geopolitics, 5 credits
Public Health in Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
Management, 5 credits

Term 2
Conflict and Peace-Building, 15 credits
Thesis, 15 credits


The methods of instruction on the programme vary according to teacher, course and specialisation. Lectures, seminars and supervision are common methods, but other types of instruction such as self-study and group work are also possible. Both written and oral examinations may be given. The thesis is written under the supervision of an appointed supervisor.

See relevant course syllabus for further information.


Master of Arts in Theology (60 credits) with International Humanitarian Action as the main field of study.

Other Directives

All courses will be taught in English.


  • Latest syllabus (applies from Autumn 2016)