Taught course

International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response

The University of Manchester · Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

A Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent in a relevant degree in any discipline from a recognised university or its equivalent.

English language

We require an English Language requirement of:

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7 and no skill below 6.5) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the iTOEFL with a minimum writing score of 25 (and no skill below 22).

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.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Students who do not clearly meet the academic requirements may be considered based on relevant professional experience.

Applicants who fall into this category should contact the programme director for advice.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Our MSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response distance learning course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to respond to and help prevent disasters.

When disasters strike suddenly, they require a quick response, and create burdens for rescue and humanitarian workers.

There is a great demand not only for preparing and equipping workers prior to the disaster event, but also building knowledge and skills to prevent disasters from occurring.

A community that has both a team with the capacity to prevent disasters and a ready-to-respond team can reduce disaster mortality and economic losses.

Our master's course is consistent with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030, which emphasises disaster education, including for personnel who have difficulty in attending conventional face-to-face provisions.

This course has been designed to equip you with advanced knowledge, and to continue your personal development in disaster risk management and humanitarianism.

You will learn to conduct theoretical and practical analysis, as well as evaluation to support disaster management and humanitarian action in global health contexts.

This course offers flexible online study that enables part-time students to obtain a master's degree without residency and boundary restrictions.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,667 p.a.
International students
£9,000 p.a.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £4,667 p.a.
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £9,000 p.a.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

There will be the option to come off early with a PGDip or PGCert

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures