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University SOAS University of London
Degree type Master
Academic title M.Sc. Master of Science
Location online
Methodology online
Commitment Part time
Duration 24 months
Tuition fee GBP 6000 per year
Deadline 30. September 2022
Language English

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How is humanitarian aid given? What is the difference between a refugee and a migrant? And how does the decolonising agenda sit within the humanitarian debate?

This online degree engages critically with humanitarian principles and practice, delivering a fresh and innovative perspective on one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.

Course Syllabus

Students must take 180 credits per year comprised of one core and three elective modules totalling 120 taught credits and a 60 credit dissertation.

The core module for the MSc Humanitarian Action has three parts: humanitarian principles, architecture and practice. This structure enables students to build up a critical understanding of the ideological underpinnings, constraints and politics of humanitarian action, alongside an empirical grounding of humanitarian providers and the relationships between them.

Analytical and empirical depth will be provided through a series of case studies (Calais, Sri Lanka, Syria, for example) that examine the practicalities and institutional learning in natural disasters, complex emergencies and humanitarianism in Europe. The module will present humanitarianism, the critiques that have been made of it, institutional learning and the persistence of some challenges in approach and delivery.

For more information on the full list of optional modules available, please visit our website.

Admission Requirements

A minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds. Candidates with a lower class degree but with degree-relevant work experience may be considered.

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