Research course

Humanitarianism and Conflict Response

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the HCRI PhD programme, candidates are required to hold one of the following: A Master's degree in Humanitarian and Conflict Response, History, Politics, Anthropology, Medicine or related subject. A Master's degree in a related subject plus appropriate professional accreditation or experience. Evidence of a competent level of professional experience equivalent to at least 48 months continuous employment relevant to Humanitarian and Conflict Response (for example, aid work, humanitarian logistics, peace keeping, emergency medicine in war zones, health, community work, international development).

Months of entry


Course content

Our 3 year structured Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme are inspired by the need to conduct rigorous, in-depth research and analysis on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.

Combining action research and reflective, practice-inspired pedagogy will give postgraduate researchers a broad and well-rounded understanding of fundamental issues in humanitarianism and conflict responses.

We welcome applications from students wishing to study in one of the following areas:

  • Emergency humanitarian assistance in conflict and catastrophe
  • Theory and empirical research concerning contemporary violent conflict
  • Theory and practice of conflict resolution
  • Militarism and the use of force in humanitarian interventions
  • Critical peace studies
  • Response, mitigation and preparedness for natural/man-made disasters
  • The history of humanitarian relief from the 19th century onwards
  • Turkey, political violence, conflict theory and state formation
  • Performance and artistic responses to war and disaster
  • The politics of modern peacebuilding
  • Post-conflict governance in the third world
  • The history of population displacement from the 19th century onwards

For more information about our PhD programme, please visit our website.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to take either IELTS or TOEFL. On the IELTS test applicants are normally expected to score a minimum of 7.0 overall to include a writing score of 7.0; on the TOEFL test a minimum score of 103 (internet-based test) is expected.

Fees and funding

Please visit the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute website for information on available scholarships and bursaries

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
+44 (0) 161 275 0464