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International Relations (120 EC)

What are the dominant issues in humanitarian action? What is the so-called aid industry? And can professionalization prevent dependence on aid? Find out in this programme.

The 120 ECTS Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Master in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary master. It provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. It is offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. The students can follow the regional training (3rd semester) in various global universities.

Interdisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual teaching and training by interfaculty members, a combination of in-house experts and field-experienced guest lecturers. In this programme you will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies. You will study the causes of conflicts and different coping strategies for conflicts and disasters, assess intervention and reconstruction programmes. Also, practical skills are acquired such as management skills and cross-cultural communication skills.

Graduates have the capacity to act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhance professional delivery of assistance and substantial actions.

NB: Application through NOHA network: www.nohanet.org

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in International Relations
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60819
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree programme
  • Joint degree diploma of two European universities
  • Unique, multilingual, interdisciplinary and inter-university programme
  • Consortium of European and Global partner universities
  • Unique combination of hands-on practice and theory
  • Career-oriented internship in humanitarian organizations
  • Possibility to study at one of our Global partner universities
Programme
Programme options
International Humanitarian Action (track)

What are the dominant issues in humanitarian action? What is the so-called aid industry? And can professionalization prevent dependence on aid? Find out in this programme.

The 120 ECTS Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Master in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary master. It provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. It is offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. The students can follow the regional training (3rd semester) in various global universities.Interdisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual teaching and training by inter faculty members, a combination of in-house experts and field-experienced guest lecturers. In this programme you will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies. You will study the causes of conflicts and different coping strategies for conflicts and disasters, assess intervention and reconstruction programmes. Also, practical skills are acquired such as management skills and cross-cultural communication skills.

Graduates have the capacity to act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhance professional delivery of assistance and sustainable actions.NB: Application through NOHA network: www.nohanet.org

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor degree in law, health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, management, international relations or any other humanitarian action related field.

professional experience

relevant professional experience is an advantage

other admission requirements

Students will be selected based on an assessment of their prior learning, motivation and, if applicable, earlier field experience.

NB. The programme starts in September. February admission only for second semester students.

IMPORTANT: Application through NOHA network: www.nohanet.org

Registration procedure

Application through NOHA network: www.nohanet.org

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

optional

grade list

The programme is highly selective. Priority is given to students with better results.

language test

obligatory for non-English speakers

previous education

University Bachelor degree in law, health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, management, theology or other humanitarian action related field.

professional experience

Relevant working experience is a major advantage.

reference letter

obligatory

written request

obligatory

other admission requirements

Students will be selected based on an assessment of their prior learning, motivation and, if applicable, earlier field experience.

NB. February admission only for second semester students.

IMPORTANT: Application through NOHA network: www.nohanet.org

Registration procedure

Important: Application through NOHA network: www.nohanet.org

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 201901 September 2019
01 June 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 June 201901 September 2019
01 June 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees

NOTE: admissions through NOHA Network. Tuition fee for full-course (2 years): 12.000 Euro

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Some 3,500 graduated professionals work in the field of humanitarian relief and international co-operation. They hold various positions of responsibility in all kinds of international and national NGOs, institutions, agencies and government both in the field and at headquarters level all around the world. Such positions include programme managers, protection officers, field/country directors, emergency team leaders, administrators, researchers, academics and consultants.

You can find a lot of useful information on the NOHA Alumni website: http://www.noha-students.org/

Job examples

  • protection officers
  • researchers
  • field/country directors
  • emergency team leaders
  • programme managers
  • consultants
Research

Research

The list below shows an overview of all NOHA Lectures and Associate staff. Visit their personal university staff page to read more about the research topics our staff is involved in and to see an overview of their publications.

1st semester:
2nd semester:
NOHA Associate staff
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								Testimonial of Cynthia Sahan

    An international and multidisciplinary academic study that promotes networking, cooperation and expertise

    – Cynthia Sahan
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    'The Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action is a one and half year intensive programme that is advantageous for those who would like to perform in the humanitarian sector looking at the complexity and particularity of the humanitarian world.

    The complexity of humanitarian actions around the globe makes it indispensable to master the humanitarian principles and to be well equipped with the necessary tools for proper interventions. Hence a number of specific tools are provided in a way that will facilitate your ability to intervene in settings where humanitarian aid is needed to save lives in dignified manners.

    It is an international and multidisciplinary academic study that promotes networking, cooperation and expertise for the delivery of high quality services to the ones in need. Since the NOHA programme is basically rooted in a network of universities, during the second semester, students get the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of humanitarian action of their choice, which is meant to deepen and strengthen their knowledge in this particular area. The specialisation in international humanitarian action is unique and offers both theoretical and practical insights regarding the humanitarian field. On the one hand the practical facet allows you to apply the theories. And on the other hand it is an experience that gives the opportunity to shape your professional career as a humanitarian worker.'

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Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.

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Study associations

Mitrany

Mitrany is the Alumni Network for all graduated students of International Relations and International Organization.
Mitrany was established in February 2013 in order to facilitate the contact between alumni and the Department of IRIO. Mitrany offers events tailored to graduated IRIO students concerning career paths and connects graduated IRIO students to its alumni network.
http://www.mitrany.eu/

Clio

Clio is the Study Association of International Relations & International Organization at the University of Groningen. Clio has 1200 members and is one of the largest students' associations in Groningen, and the largest students' organization at a Dutch faculty of Arts.
Clio has 1100 members and is one of the largest students' associations in Groningen, and the largest students' organization at a Dutch Faculty of Arts. Clio organizes numerous events including parties, workshops, excursions and offers services like high-quality summaries, the internship database and various discounts around Groningen.
https://www.clio.nl/
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Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.