Master’s studies

Syllabus for Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action

Masterprogram i International Humanitarian Action

A later update of this programme syllabus has been published.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission, candidates must have an academic degree of at least 180 credits or equivalent international degree.
Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test 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 93

  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE



Knowledge of other languages and practical experience in the area of humanitarian action are recommended.

Decisions and Guidelines

The programme is a Masters Programme in International Humanitarian Action within the framework of the Socrates programme and part of a cooperation between the universities of Universidad de Deusto, Spain, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Université Aix-Marseille, France, University College Dublin, Ireland, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, and Uppsala University.
The acronym NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action) is officially connected to the programme.
The programme is given in cooperation with the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO).
The degree programme is based at the Department of Theology and is carried out in cooperation with several departments at Uppsala University that have relevant research and teaching capacities within the disciplines of law, peace and conflict, cultural anthropology, management and women’s and children’s health in relation to humanitarian action. The programme is multi-disciplinary.
The structure of the programme was agreed on 2009-01-28 the board of the Faculty of Theology in compliance with the guidelines of the International NOHA Association.

Aim

The Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action aims to provide students the competences and skills needed to work in different areas of the humanitarian field. The programme has a special focus on how to make independent, critical and constructive contributions to both humanitarian policies and the implementation of humanitarian activities. It also aims to provide the student with empirical data, methods and theoretical perspectives based on contemporary research relevant for the humanitarian field. A student who graduates from the programme can take on different professional roles such as project manager, policy analyst or desk officer in NGO's and governmental organisations.

Learning Outcomes

  • a broad understanding of the humanitarian action field
  • a good knowledge of ethical standards and principles relevant for humanitarian relief work
  • a deep understanding of specific perspectives on the humanitarian phenomena including: Anthropological, Geopolitical, Legal, Public Health, Managerial and Ethical perspectives
  • an ability to systematically analyse and assess a complex humanitarian crisis with the help of several relevant perspectives
  • an ability to understand and apply methods relevant for the humanitarian field
  • a capacity to present information and analysis orally and in written
  • an ability to relate general models, theories or concepts to specific cases and situations
  • a capacity to make realistic self-evaluations in relation to current competences and different tasks
  • a capacity to learn from relevant feedback from others
  • an ability to work as a productive member of a multi-cultural team during an international exchange semester

Layout of the Programme

The programme consists of the following courses:
First semester 30 HP/30 ECTS
• THE INTENSIVE PROGRAMME, 5 credits/5 ECTS
• INTERNATIONAL LAW IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION, 5 credits/5 ECTS
• GEOPOLITICS IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION, 5 credits/5 ECTS
• ANTHROPOLOGY IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION, 5 credits/ 5 ECTS
• PUBLIC HEALTH IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION, 5 credits/5 ECTS
• MANAGEMENT, 5 credits/5 ECTS

Second semester 30 HP/30 ECTS (Refers only to incoming students. Uppsala students must to go on mobility to another NOHA member university)
• CONFLICT, PEACE-BUILDING and RELIGION, 25 credits/ 25 ECTS
• THEORY AND METHODS, 5 credits/5 ECTS

Third semester 30 credits /30 ECTS
• INTERNSHIP, 15 credits/15 ECTS
plus one of the following three options
• LITERATURE COURSES, 15 HP/15 ECTS
• RESEARCH TRACK, 15 HP/15 ECTS (selection of students for a limited number of positions) NYTT
• OTHER RELEVANT COURSE(S) FROM A UNIVERSITY, MAX 15 HP/15 ECTS

Fourth semester 30 HP/30 ECTS
• MASTER THESIS, 30 credits/30 ECTS)
 

Degree

All students with a minimum first degree of three years of full-time study can after completion of 120 credits/120 ECTS credits including a Master's Thesis, apply for a Master of Arts in Theology, with main area of studies in International Humanitarian Action 120 ECTS credits, from Uppsala University. Those students, who have done their second semester in another university within the network, can apply for a double degree.