Syllabus for Master's 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
  • Revised: 2020-05-27
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Syllabus applies from: Autumn 2021
  • 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 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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements


The Master's 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 peacebuilding activities. A student who graduates from the programme can take on different professional roles such as project manager, conflict analyst or desk officer in NGOs 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;
  • an 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

Semester 1
- Introduction to Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
- Anthropology and Intercultural Aspects of Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
- Legal Dimensions of Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
- World Politics and Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
- Public Health in Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
- Management, 5 credits

Semester 2
- Conflict and Peacebuilding, 15 credits
- Thesis, 15 credits

In order to be admitted to Semester 2, students must have earned at least 15 credits from the courses listed under Semester 1.


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.