Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development MSc

2 years part-time, starting in September 2018

Develop a critical understanding of conflict and humanitarian crisis in this distance learning course. Gain skills in peacebuilding and humanitarian response.

This course addresses the core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crisis, with a practical focus on the tools and approaches that can respond to these challenges. You will examine in-depth the complexities involved in resolving conflict and promoting peace. Additionally, you will also explore sustainable policy solutions that address the needs of those displaced by conflict and natural disaster.

Drawing on case studies from the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, you will learn how the practical and policy-related challenges of responding to conflict and humanitarian crisis play out in specific contexts.

You will leave this course with:

  • in-depth knowledge of humanitarian conflict response, and development policy and practice
  • the professional and analytical skills to tackle political, ethical and practical tensions on the ground
  • the skills and knowledge to evaluate diverse perspectives and tools for conflict response and humanitarian action across different settings
  • an established professional network for continued knowledge-sharing and effective career development

The course is designed for those who already work in the field of humanitarian and conflict response, and recent graduates who aspire to do so. Graduates of the course will be in a strong position to work, or progress further, in this field.

Learning and teaching

The course is delivered in an inspiring format, that combines:

  • highly structured and interactive online content
  • face-to-face learning and networking at short residentials in Bath (compulsory) and Jordan (optional)
  • intensive support from leading Bath academics throughout

Graduate prospects

This course provides an excellent background for those wishing to pursue a career in humanitarian, conflict response, or peacebuilding. It is equally relevant to those already working in the humanitarian and conflict fields, seeking to advance their careers with a deeper level of specialist knowledge.

You will be well qualified to work with development or humanitarian NGOs, the United Nations and other inter-governmental organisations, or in conflict or humanitarian advisor roles in government departments such as DFID.

You could also progress onto doctoral studies.

Join our webinar

Join our webinar on Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 12:00-13:00 BST.

During the webinar you will be able to find out about:

  • course structure and content
  • teaching and assessment
  • residentials on the course
  • studying with the University of Bath

There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to our staff.

Register for the webinar.

Course structure

This course lasts 2 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2020.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

The course combines two intensive residentials in Bath, with in-depth and structured online learning facilitated by academic staff with internationally renowned expertise. Throughout the course, you will be able to fit your learning around professional commitments while applying it to your practice.

There’s also an optional third residential in Amman, Jordan, which offers an excellent opportunity to learn from senior policymakers and explore how issues relating to human displacement and humanitarianism apply to a specific regional context.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Year 1

  • Conflict, development and peacebuilding
  • Humanitarianism in principle and practice

Year 2

  • Approaches to human rights
  • Negotiating the field
  • Dissertation

Learning and assessment

Learning

Online resources

  • Podcasts and videos
  • Topic overviews with specified reading, key issues, questions and debates
  • Structured online web-discussion with academic staff
  • Blogs and forums
  • In-depth case studies based around specific conflict regions, developed by leading experts

Residential resources

  • Tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Extended seminars with visiting professionals involved in humanitarian and conflict response
  • Free attendance at the Institute for Policy Research annual symposium

Assessment

  • Blog
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Online web-forum contributions
  • Policy brief
  • Presentations
“The course offers a unique and innovative blended-learning approach which combines online delivery with short residentials in Bath and an optional residential in Jordan.”
Oliver Walton

Lecturer in International Development (2017)

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If you first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English Language requirements.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

China qualifications

A four year bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 80% depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

France qualifications

A licence with a final overall score of at least 12 out of 20 (assez bien).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Germany qualifications

A bachelor’s degree, diplom or magister artium with a final overall score of at least 2 (gut).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Ghana qualifications

A bachelor degree with a final overall result of at least B (Good, 3.5 or 60%).

If within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Greece qualifications

A university bachelor degree (ptychio) or diploma with a final overall score of at least 7 out of 10.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Hong Kong qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B or 2:1).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

India qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Italy qualifications

A laurea with a final overall score of at least 103 out of 110.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Kenya qualifications

A bachelor honours degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1.

If within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Nigeria qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1.

If within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Pakistan qualifications

A 4 year bachelor’s degree from a high ranked (HEC) university with a final overall result of at least a First Class (Division 1).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Taiwan qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 75-80% (GPA 3.3-3.5 or B) depending on the university attended.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

United States of America qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations.

We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

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Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

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Tuition fees

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Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development
  • Final award
    MSc
  • Mode of study
    Part-time
  • UK/EU application deadline
    31 August 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

Course enquiries

Admissions
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