MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
Year of entry: 2023
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- Receive a thorough grounding in both the practical and theoretical aspects of humanitarian issues.
- Learn from some of the most renowned names in the field of humanitarian research.
- Engage first-hand with the people, projects and organisations that shape humanitarian, global health, disaster management, conflict response and intervention issues around the world.
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on one of our open days .
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £12,000
International, including EU, students (per annum): £26,000
UK students (per annum): £5,500
International, including EU, students (per annum): £13,000
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
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.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the School's funding page where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
See also the University's postgraduate funding database to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities, including:
For University of Manchester graduates, the Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a First within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.
The Manchester Master's Bursary is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.
The Equity and Merit Scholarship offers a full-time scholarship for academically excellent students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Postgraduate 1+3 funding is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (3 years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application.
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Academic entry qualification overview
We normally expect students to have a Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent.
An overall grade of 6.5 in IELTS is required with 6.5 in writing and no skill below 6.0 or 93+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 22 and no skill below 20.
If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our English language requirements to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.
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Other international entry requirements
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
As there is a high demand for our courses we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places and high quality of applications that we receive, we give preference to students from high ranking institutions and with grades above our minimum entry requirements.
Please ensure you submit all supporting documentation with your application before the application deadline to avoid a delay in processing.
Applications for 2023 entry:
Stage 1: Application received by 9th December 2022 ; Application update by 23rd February 2023
Stage 2: Application received by 10th February 2023 ; Application update by 6th April 2023
Stage 3: Application received by 31st March 2023 ; Application update by 25th May 2023
Stage 4: Application received by 29th April 2023 ; Application update by 29th June 2023
Stage 5: Application received by 1st July 2023 ; Application update by 27th July 2023
Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date.
Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.
Please note: All places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be reaching capacity or be closed to further applications. We, therefore, recommend that you apply early in the cycle to avoid disappointment.
How your application is considered
Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application.
We therefore strongly recommend you include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.
If your academic background is not directly related to the programme, you should supply an academic-standard writing sample on a subject related to the programme.
If English is not your native language, then you should provide an academic-standard writing sample in English directly related to the subject.
For the specific requirements of each programme in the School, please visit our Applying page.
Overseas (non-UK) applicants
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries that equate to a UK 2.2. 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 of 6.5 in IELTS or 93+ in the iTOEFL with a minimum writing score of 23.
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.
MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response 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.
You will benefit from being able to draw on an exceptionally wide breadth of disciplinary traditions and research expertise.
We aim to:
- Provide critical insights into competing perspectives on how Humanitarianism and Conflict Responses can be understood, analysed and explained - from both a historiographic and contemporary viewpoint.
- 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.
- 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.
- Enable you to apply research skills to a relevant research area.
By the end of the course, students should be able to show a critical understanding of:
- 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.
- Both the range of social science topics associated with Humanitarianism and Conflict Response and the normative and historiographic assumptions which underpin these issues.
- 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.
- 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.
Study at HCRI
The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at The University of Manchester is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous research and to support both undergraduate and postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.
Established in 2008 by Dr Rony Brauman, Professor Bertrand Taithe and Professor Tony Redmond, 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.
We embrace this opportunity to develop a scholarly and professional agenda for humanitarians and peacebuilders around the world.
Find out more about HCRI on our website .
Teaching and learning
You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, depending on the units you take. These may include lectures, tutorials and independent study.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed through a variety of methods, depending on the units you take. These may include written assignments, oral presentations and thematic maps.
Course unit details
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries||HCRI60031||15||Mandatory|
|Research and Evaluation Methods||HCRI60170||15||Mandatory|
|Humanitarianism and displacement: Researching the legacies of war||HCRI60061||15||Optional|
|Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction||HCRI60132||15||Optional|
|Armed Groups and Humanitarian Aid||HCRI60162||15||Optional|
|Humanitarian Diplomacy: Examining the Actors, Issues and Norms||HCRI60222||15||Optional|
|Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Crises||HCRI60292||15||Optional|
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What our students say
You will benefit from access to one of the UK's five National Research Libraries, modern study facilities and a range of cultural assets on campus and beyond.
Find out more about our facilities .
Students at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute come from a broad range of backgrounds, with varying levels of experience.
The skills gained on the course have helped to prepare graduates for national and international careers in: Development, migrant protection, humanitarian consultancy, health protection, security consultancy, and medicine.
- Organisations our graduates have gone on to work in include:NGOs: International Committee of the Red Cross (IFRC), Human Appeal, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Voluntary Services Overseas and the British Heart Foundation
- National Resource Governance Institute
- Civil Service, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .
Through our partnerships with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), industry bodies and policymakers, we are able to make a meaningful impact in the field and reach many key humanitarian decision-makers internationally.
Find out more about our collaborative partners .
HCRI also has a network of associate fellows based in relevant organisations and academic institutions around the world.