Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development MSc

2 years, starting in September 2018

Gain a deep insight into conflict and humanitarian crisis, and equip yourself with the specialist grounding to be able to have a real impact in this field.

If you work in humanitarian and conflict response, or aspire to do so, this master’s will put you in a strong position for working, and progressing, in this specialist field of work.

The course addresses the core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crises, and explores a variety of tools and approaches for responding to, and mitigating, them.

You’ll unpick the multi-faceted issues involved in resolving conflict and promoting peace, while exploring sustainable policy solutions that address the needs of those displaced by conflict and natural disaster.

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

You will join the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at Bath. Our staff are all active in this field, research-led, and with strong connections to universities and humanitarian organisations around the world.

The course is offered on a part-time, blended-learning basis, with two residentials in Bath, and the remainder of the content delivered online. This means you can study with us at your own pace, and fit in your learning alongside your professional commitments.

There’s also an optional third residential in Amman, Jordan, offering you a unique opportunity to learn from senior policymakers and explore issues relating to human displacement and humanitarianism in a real-world context.

You will leave this course with:

  • in-depth knowledge of humanitarian, conflict response and development policy and practice
  • the analytical skills to tackle the political, ethical and practical tensions involved
  • the ability to analyse and 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

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.

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.

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

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Residential
  • Seminar
  • Other

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

Course enquiries

Admissions
pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225385115

Apply for 2018 entry