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Humanitarianism and Conflict Response MA

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
Duration
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, or its international equivalent. 

We will consider graduates from all disciplines as the programme is interdisciplinary.

Each application is judged on its own merits. Exceptions to formal entry requirements will be considered if an applicant has relevant professional or work experience, and can demonstrate an aptitude to postgraduate research. Please contact the HCRI for further guidance.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
It is estimated that up to 30 places will be available.
How to apply

Please visit here for an overview of the online application process specific to the course to which you are applying.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

This multidisciplinary degree course focuses on response to crises originating from both conflict-zones and natural disasters. Bringing together the study of medicine and humanities, the course provides an inclusive approach that mirrors the reality of aid operations and informs the reflexive processes of both analytical and applied disciplines. Students will be able to draw synergies from an exceptionally wide breadth of disciplinary traditions and research expertise.

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,300
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150
    International students (per annum): £7,000

Please note: Only International students who do not require a Tier 4 visa are permitted to study the course part-time. If you are unsure if you require a Tier 4 visa, please consult this page for further information: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/do-you-need-a-visa/.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Please visit here for the latest information on fees and funding opportunities in our School.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
Website
www.hcri.ac.uk/

Academic department overview

See: About us

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

A Bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, or its international equivalent. 

We will consider graduates from all disciplines as the programme is interdisciplinary.

Each application is judged on its own merits. Exceptions to formal entry requirements will be considered if an applicant has relevant professional or work experience, and can demonstrate an aptitude to postgraduate research. Please contact the HCRI for further guidance.

English language

English language:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain:

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or 620 in the TOEFL written test or 260 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE) or 103 in the internet-based TOEFL

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

How to apply

Please visit here for an overview of the online application process specific to the course to which you are applying.

Advice to applicants

If you would like further information on the course, please visit here, where you can download an e-brochure and learn more about the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT TEACH EVENING CLASSES OR OFFER LONG-DISTANCE LEARNING.

Interview requirements

Not normally applicable.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries that equate to a UK 2.1. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

If English is not your first language, please provide us with evidence of: 

  • an overall grade 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS; or
  • 100+ in the IBT Internet-based TOEFL).

The other language tests we accept can be found here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/new-approved-english-tests.pdf

Exceptions to needing a language test (if English is NOT your first language) are:

  • if you have successfully completed an academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC as equivalent to at least a UK Bachelors Degree or higher from one of the following countries:

    Antigua & Barbuda; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; UK; USA.

     

Deferrals

Applicants may defer entry for 12 months provided they contact the course administrator ( masalc@manchester.ac.uk) before September 1st. Please note that applicants are subject to the fees for the entry year they will start the course.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

Requests for transfers will be considered individually.

Course description

This multidisciplinary degree course focuses on response to crises originating from both conflict-zones and natural disasters. Bringing together the study of medicine and humanities, the course provides an inclusive approach that mirrors the reality of aid operations and informs the reflexive processes of both analytical and applied disciplines. Students will be able to draw synergies from an exceptionally wide breadth of disciplinary traditions and research expertise.

Aims

1. Provide critical insights into competing perspectives on how Humanitarianism and Conflict Responses can be understood, analysed and explained - from both an historiographic and contemporary viewpoint.

2. Develop analytical skills in critically evaluating the idea of humanitarianism and the ways that responses to conflict are organised, justified and implemented. This includes competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches.

3. Develop skills in gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources. This will be complemented by guidance on how best to manage workloads and obtain research materials.

4. Enable students to apply research skills to a relevant research area.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAMME

Students should be able to show a critical understanding of :

1. Key issues and debates in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, familiarity with different theoretical approaches, practical problems and an appreciation of the diversity of policies at international and national levels.

2. Both the range of social science topics associated with Humanitarianism and Conflict Response and the normative and historiographic assumptions which underpin these issues.

3. The analytical and policy literature concerning the related issues of the causes of conflict, reconstruction, ethics and international governance structures and institutions, the role and perspectives of the state, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and domestic NGOs and other civil institutions.

4. A detailed and extensive understanding of a specific conceptual and/or policy-related area of Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, of the implications and limitations of research findings on this subject; and of how to produce an original piece of academic research, all through their dissertation.

Special features

HCRI at The University of Manchester is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous research and to support postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises. Directed by Dr Rony Brauman (former President of MSF France, Associate Professor at L'Institut d'Études Politiques, Paris, and Director of Research at the MSF Foundation, Paris), HCRI is widely recognised as being a leading international research institute focusing on the study of humanitarianism, conflict response and peacebuilding.

Our work is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and decision makers, to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased understanding and debate within the field. Bringing together the disciplines of medicine and the humanities (including international relations and political science) to achieve these goals, HCRI aims to facilitate improvements in crisis response on a global scale whilst providing a centre of excellence for all concerned with emergencies, conflicts and peace. In offering a range of postgraduate courses we embrace this opportunity to develop a scholarly and professional agenda for humanitarians and peacebuilders around the world.

Teaching and learning

Click here to see the current course handbook giving details of the module options.

Coursework and assessment

This will vary from course unit to unit.

Course content for year 1

Course units may include:

  • Humanitarianism and conflict response:

inquiries

  • Emergency humanitarian assistance
  • Fundamentals of epidemiology
  • Humanitarian responses to crises:

case studies

  • The history of humanitarian aid
  • Research & evaluation methods
  • Global health
  • The Arab revolts and post-revolutionary

state formation

  • Anthropology of violence
  • Performance in theory and practice
  • The ethics of killing
  • Ethics in world politics
  • Conflict analysis
  • Democracy: theory & practice
  • Reconstruction and development
  • Global governance

Scholarships and bursaries

The HCRI MA bursary, worth £6,300, will fund home fees or can be used as partial payment for the overseas fee. It is tenable for one year only. Applicants should state their interest in the award within the funding section of the online application form and also provide a personal statement (max 500 words) outlining why they have chosen to study this particular MA and what they will bring to the course. The HCRI MA bursary is awarded based on a number of criteria including previous academic performance, relevant professional experience, reference letters, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement.  Deadline for applications is 1 June 2013.

Course collaborators

Médecins Sans Frontières (see 'Associated Organisations')

What our students say

Chris Marsh

In December 2009 the HCRI hosted a three-day workshop as part of their MA programme. Amongst the numerous highly regarded speakers was the director of an NGO called Mines Advisory Group (MAG), winners of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Ten months later I found myself working for MAG as their base manager in Somalia. Studying an MA at the HCRI really can open doors! Whilst I am not entirely new to working in the NGO world, having previously been the area program manager for a WATSAN NGO in Uganda, operating in Mine Action in Somalia has thrown up its own unique challenges and provided me with new insights into the successes and failings of the broader NGO operational environment. Whilst most of us get into the sector in order to make a positive contribution to those less fortunate than ourselves, competition and in-fighting between rival NGOs, and the UN, often puts the needs of those we are trying to help in second place. This is just one of many issues affecting and damaging the work of NGOs around the world. It is vital that the lessons leant by those working in the field can be shared amongst each other, and with the academic community, in order to bring us closer to our common original goal - that of improving peoples lives. The HCRI strives to do just this.

Facilities

Manchester's learning resources are world-famous. The John Rylands University Library, with over 4.5m books and vast archives of historical material and rare volumes, is second to none.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

As a hard-working, ambitious Manchester postgraduate, a wide range of exciting careers are within your reach. Students at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute come from a broad range of backgrounds, with varying levels of experience. Many who already have work experience will be able to harness the knowledge gained from their course to progress within their field of expertise, reaching senior roles in government and non-governmental organisations. Others will be able to use the course as a starting point to progress onto careers within NGOs, HR consultancies, financial institutions, academic institutions and more. Whatever your level of experience, you can access support from your tutors, the University Careers Service and an extensive alumni network to boost your career prospects further than ever before whilst at Manchester.

Associated organisations

A close link has been formed with the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières. Recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize, it delivers emergency aid in over 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare through its staff of 25,000 health professionals, logistics experts and administrators. The HCRI is also building a network of associate fellows based in relevant organisations and academic institutions around the world.