Taught course

Humanitarian Action, Cooperation and Development

Universidade Fernando Pessoa

Entry requirements

Have an undergraduate degree or legal equivalent in areas related to the master’s programme;

Have a scholarly, scientific and/or professional curriculum which is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Cycle Coordination and by the Direction of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the University.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master Course in Humanitarian Action, Cooperation and Development (HACD) degree programme prepares professionals or future professionals to deal with humanitarian responses.

Emergency situation happens in different types of disaster, which can either be conflict situations, natural disasters, health emergencies or major security risks.

The framework for addressing these situations revolves around a humanistic approach and specific strategies, namely: health and welfare promotion, preparation of disaster and security risk scenario, crisis prevention and analysis, contingency and emergency planning, emergency inter-agencies coordination of humanitarian service delivery, logistical tools and support, post-emergency evaluation and post-crisis development.

The Master Course HACD is highly applicable to candidates who either are currently working or intending to work in the field related to disaster risk prevention and management, NGOs dealing with disaster relief services, multilateral institutions, aid agencies, human right advocacy, and military-civilian alliances in peacekeeping operations in conflict zones.

It is also applicable to organizations interested in vulnerability and poverty eradication, macroeconomic planning for risk management, ethnic and religious conflict resolution, social protection against violence and human trafficking, media, decision-makers, electoral process management agents, among others.

The programme is designed to cater for the demand in the labour market. It is aimed at instilling candidates with the needed competencies and skills to manage both government and private humanitarian affairs at government and personal levels.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation30 (45000 (max) words)

Course contact details

+351 225 071 349