On the programme, you will review historical and current policies and practice in humanitarian assistance, and analyse the effects of war, natural disasters, and the international economy on social dislocation, health and wellbeing. You will also investigate the evidence base for current operational guidelines, and explore novel approaches in responding to the challenges of today’s humanitarian problems.
The course is responding to the need for a professional, integrated, accountable, and ethical approach to humanitarian interventions, in which humanitarian workers are often called upon to operate in environments where demands extend beyond conventional professional boundaries.
Students can study regional and country case studies in-depth, and have a choice of modules that address specific aspects of humanitarian interventions. Participants also have an opportunity to develop and undertake a research project, usually overseas, in an area of special interest indicated by client NGOs, international organisations, or national ministries.
The programme is offered within a dynamic research-led environment and its content is informed by the cutting-edge research activities of the academic staff. It is designed to enable the professional development of the student, to be relevant to students from both the UK and overseas, and to promote approaches to study that will enable graduates to continue their learning into the future.