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MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response


The University of Manchester School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Full time & Part time September MA 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

About the course

  • Receive a thorough grounding in both the practical and theoretical aspects of humanitarian issues.
  • Learn from some of the most renowned names in the field of humanitarian research.
  • Engage first-hand with the people, projects and organisations that shape humanitarian, global health, disaster management, conflict response and intervention issues around the world.

Course description

Our multidisciplinary MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response master's course focuses on response to crises originating from both conflict-zones and natural disasters.

Bringing together the study of medicine and humanities, the course provides an inclusive approach that mirrors the reality of aid operations and informs the reflexive processes of both analytical and applied disciplines.

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Entry Requirements

We normally expect students to have a Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent.

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Student Profile(s)

Charlotte Marriott-Dodington

What inspired you to study this course?
I wanted to gain knowledge of international issues and to develop insight into the challenges faced by different people, in different environments and contexts. I also wanted to explore the actions that various organisations were undertaking in response to emergency situations or during periods of chronic difficulty, and understand the complexity of these situations which necessitate certain reactions.

How has your career progressed since completing your course?
After graduating I completed an internship with a humanitarian research organisation, before applying for the position I am now currently in.

What is your current role?
I am currently working as a Social Worker in Child Protection. Tackling social issues daily is at the heart of what I do, and the purpose of this role is exactly the positive impact I hoped to achieve in my career, although it is not always easy! Having done a few years of academic work, I really enjoy the practical skills I am now developing, in addition to seeing families navigate their difficulties and come out the other side, happier and stronger.

Despite changing from exploring international issues to more local ones, the overlap is so evident in what I do. I hope to merge these two fields and perhaps look at international social care within humanitarianism in the future.

How has your degree helped you in your current role?
The knowledge has been invaluable for my current role and for where I hope my career will progress to. It provides you with the ability to approach things holistically, understanding the multiplicity of influences usually at play in a situation. It gives you realistic perspectives, empathy and resilience!

What did you enjoy most about HCRI?
The best thing about HCRI was the staff and other students I worked alongside. The lecturers, guest speakers, associates and affiliates were all so inspiring and this really encourages you to pursue different areas of research, as they are all so approachable and encouraging.

The friendships I made during my time studying have been amazing, and there is a now a global network of us!


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