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Embark on a transformative journey with the MSc Humanitarian Action programme at UCD, designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in the dynamic field of humanitarian relief. This interdisciplinary programme, spanning over 25 years, offers a comprehensive curriculum focusing on critical thinking and research skills. Delve into diverse modules, interact with industry experts, and engage in field trips to enhance your learning experience. Upon completion, you will emerge as a proficient professional ready to tackle global humanitarian challenges. The programme's key outcomes include understanding humanitarian principles, mastering international humanitarian systems, and conducting evidence-based research. To qualify, applicants need an upper second class degree in a related field and practical experience in humanitarian action. Proficiency in the language of study locations is advantageous. Join a diverse cohort of students and instructors from various backgrounds, fostering a rich learning environment. Don't miss this opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the world of humanitarian action.

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Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc Humanitarian Action has evolved over a 25-year period and is distinguished by its inter-disciplinaryinter- sectoral and international nature.

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Entry Requirements

- Applicants must hold a minimum of an upper second class degree, or international equivalent, in a cognate subject.

- Knowledge of languages of the place(s) of study is an asset. Practical experience in the area of humanitarian action and / or development is valued.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.*

*Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.




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Student Profile

Bernard Mendy, Nutritional Specialist. World Food Programme

My time on the MSc Humanitarian Action programme at UCD was very productive and fulfilling. The faculty were wonderful and always available for students. Their interactive teaching methods and ability to allow and encourage students to discover knowledge beyond the prescribed material must be acknowledged.
A highlight of this programme for me was the range of international students. This enriches student learning and exposes you to different perspectives, enabling you to see situations from many angles.
The UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action prepared me well for humanitarian and development work, which I have been undertaking since 2016. I have worked as a health and nutrition specialist for UNICEF and WFP in seven different countries over the past four years. I cherish the skills I acquired from the masters programme as they have been invaluable in the work that I do. I made a fantastic decision in choosing to study the MSc Humanitarian Action at UCD.