Department profile

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

The University of Manchester
2018/19 edition

About Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Worldwide reputation

International students play a huge part at The University of Manchester – our student population hails from 160 countries. The welcoming, accessible and multicultural environment that is the city of Manchester provides the ideal base for your time studying in the UK.

According to the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, we are the 38th best university in the world, the eighth best in Europe and the sixth best in the UK. We were also ranked 87th in the world, 17th in Europe and 4th in the UK in the 2016 Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities, and we're the 20th most international university in the world, according to Times Higher Education.

Each year we welcome more international students than any other UK university. Whatever you study, you’ll soon make friends from across the world.

PG subjects available

We currently have four taught master’s programmes open to applications in Global Health, Disaster Management and International Disaster Management, and Humanitarianism and Conflict Response. Read more.

Future career prospects

There are numerous possibilities for graduates of the subject areas of disaster management and humanitarian response. The general and academic skills acquired on our courses are welcomed by a broad spectrum of employers including:

  • International organisations (for example the UN and the EU);
  • International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC);
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Through partnerships with NGOs, industry bodies and policy-makers we are able to make a meaningful impact in the field and reach many key humanitarian decision-makers internationally.

Our experienced colleagues are members of various boards and advisory groups and we have a number of affiliated staff and contacts who also contribute to the dissemination of our work. Read more about the University’s careers service.

English language support

The University Language Centre (ULC) has over 30 years’ experience of running English language courses for international students. These courses are accredited by the British Council.

An overall grade of 6.5 in IELTS is required or 93+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 23. If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our English language requirements to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

Facilities and support arrangements

We give our master’s students excellence in teaching and the very best learning environments.

As a leading global centre for the study of humanitarianism, conflict responses, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding, we offer an unrivalled learning environment for students interested in pursuing careers in humanitarian aid or research.

Our community includes medical students and humanitarian professionals from a range of backgrounds. The learning experience in Manchester is enhanced by a range of other options, such as field work, placements and more.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage first-hand with the people, projects and organisations that shape humanitarian, global health, disaster management, and conflict response and intervention strategy around the world.

Many buildings on campus are new or have had substantial refurbishments recently, with much more to follow. We are undertaking the biggest investment programme ever seen in UK higher education. Read more about our campus and about student support at Manchester.

Fees, funding and costs

Your master’s fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation. Fees are listed for each of HCRI’s taught master’s programmes on our website.

In order to fund your master’s studies, you will need to undertake some research – the options available to you will differ, depending on whether you are a student from the UK or from elsewhere in the EU, or an international student (from outside the EU). Read more about master’s funding.


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How to apply

For full information on our taught master’s admissions process, see the University of Manchester website. Deadline dates per course, where applicable, are available on HCRI’s website.

Contact details

+44 (0)161 275 0245
Room C1.49
Ellen Wilkinson Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
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