Taught course

International Humanitarian Action

University of Groningen · University of Groningen
MA International Relations

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree in law, health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, management, theology or other humanitarian action related field. Students will be selected based on an assessment of their prior learning, motivation and, if applicable, earlier field experience. http://www.rug.nl/masters/international-humanitarian-action/admission-and-application

Months of entry


Course content

What are the dominant issues in humanitarian action? What is the so-called aid industry? And can professionalization prevent dependence on aid? Find out in this programme.

In this three-semester Master's programme you will strengthen your academic understanding of International Humanitarian Action. You will also acquire practical skills for working in the area of humanitarian aid, such as policy-making.

The programme is an international Erasmus Mundus Master's programme. It is offered by nine European universities, namely in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and France. These universities are united in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).

In this programme you will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies. You will study the causes of conflicts and different coping strategies for conflicts and disasters. In addition, you will learn to plan and assess intervention and reconstruction programmes. Also, you will acquire practical skills such as management skills and cross-cultural communication skills.

You will take courses such as Geopolitics in Humanitarian Action and Comprehensive Security and Disaster Analysis. You will do a career-oriented internship in a humanitarian organization and write a thesis.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
8400 (EU)
International students
12600 (non-EU)

Qualification and course duration

MA International Relations

full time
16 months

Course contact details

Elena Herman-Pletiougina