MSc/PGDip/PGCert Humanitarian Practice / Overview

Year of entry: 2021

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
Up to 5 years part-time
Entry requirements
Applicants should hold an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent. Consideration may be given to those without this who have extensive (over three years) professional humanitarian training and experience.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Staff members from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) should apply through the internal procedure at their Operational Centre. All other applicants can apply using the  Online Application Form  .

For references, please email the following link to your referees:  References for master's applications . They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form  to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Please note that there are two start dates for this course each year, in January and September.

Queries regarding the content of this course should be sent to the Programme Director,  Dr Darren Walter  ( ), who can discuss the course in greater detail and address any questions prior to applying.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Designed in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
  • Critically reflect on your humanitarian work and gain the relevant academic background to inform decisions made in practice.
  • Take advantage of PGCert, PGDip and MSc blended learning pathways.
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge, enabling you to better meet the needs of the populations you serve.
  • Strengthen your leadership skills, helping you to grow into a management or coordination position within a humanitarian organisation.

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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 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £833 per 15 credits

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).


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.

Contact details

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Contact name
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