Taught course

Humanitarian Practice

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

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent. Consideration may be given to those without this who have extensive (over three years) professional humanitarian training and experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Humanitarian Practice course has been created to meet the professional and personal development needs of those working in the humanitarian sector, producing graduates who will be expected to meet the increasing demand for humanitarian leadership. The blended nature of this course promotes lifelong learning.

The course crosses traditional subject boundaries to enable you to reflect critically on issues arising from your own work, the wider humanitarian agenda and develop the skills set needed for contemporary humanitarian practitioners.

Focusing on a wide range of humanitarian issues, this course offers a thorough investigation of the agents of change in the humanitarian field.

The MSc in Humanitarian Practice is delivered jointly by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at The University of Manchester and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

It brings together the disciplines of epidemiology, history, politics, anthropology, development studies, international relations, public health, management and humanitarian medicine, as well as the expertise of academics and leading practitioners.

As an HCRI and LSTM student, you will benefit from a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, as well as individual tutoring and supervision from academics from a wide range of disciplines.


  • The overarching aim of the course is to enhance the leadership and management capacities in medical humanitarian operations through employing multidisciplinary, self-reflective and collaborative approaches and epistemologies and to:
  • Nurture graduates who are critical thinkers, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders with humanitarian principles;
  • Advance interdisciplinary knowledge to meet the changing operational needs of humanitarian fields;
  • Lead and excel in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of humanitarian movements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures