Department profile

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

The University of Manchester
2019/20 edition

About Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

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.

Our courses and how to apply

We have a range of postgraduate courses, aimed at both those wishing to enter into a career in disaster management and humanitarian response and those who are already working in the field looking to further their knowledge and theory based understanding. Our courses offerings are:

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • MSc Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief)
  • MSc International Disaster Management
  • LEAP programme in Humanitarian Practice (PGCert/PGDip/MSc)
  • Global Health (PGCert/PGDip/MSc)

Visit our course page for full programme information, entry requirements and information on how to apply.

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.

Fees, funding and costs

As a postgraduate student, you can apply for bursaries, loans, awards, scholarships and funding to support your studies. Visit our website to find out about the different funding available.

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.


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+44 (0)161 275 3718
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Ellen Wilkinson Building
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