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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. The programme is jointly offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. Students can follow the Regional Training Track (3rd semester) at 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: apply.nohanet.org. Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.

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. The programme is jointly offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. Students can follow the Regional Training Track (3rd semester) at 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: apply.nohanet.org. Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • For an average of 40 weeks
  • Maximum of 90 EC

The first semester is spent at the HOME university. The second semester is spent at one of the NOHA programme universities in Europe. During the third semester students choose between the Regional Training Track at one of our global partner universities or the Work Placement Track. Free choice of location for writing the master's thesis.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

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

knowledge minimum

Written bachelor's thesis.

language test

English Language requirement:

Candidates must be in possession of one of the following certificates:

  • A TOEFL IBT (internet-based): minimum score of 93 with a minimum of 24 (scale 0–30) in the written test;
  • An IELTS: minimum overall score 6.5, with no component under 6.0;
  • A CAE or CPE: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), C1 or Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE), C2.

Candidates are not required to take an English language test in the following circumstances:

  • native speakers of English from English-speaking countries (i.e. where English is one of the official languages);
  • the language of instruction during your entire BA programme was English. In this case, the language of instruction must be clearly stated on your diploma/transcripts. Alternatively, you can submit a letter from the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office, or the equivalent office that issues official documents of records at your university.

Language requirements for other NOHA Universities:

If students wish to start their second semester at the Aix-Marseille Université, they must have previous knowledge of French, since the mode of instruction of this institute is French. Therefore, the candidate is required to have attained at minimum the following level of French: a C1 certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

If students wish to start their second semester at the Universidad de Deusto, they must have previous knowledge of Spanish, since the mode of instruction of this institute is Spanish. Therefore, the candidate is required to have attained at minimum the following level of Spanish: a B2 certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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

reference letter

Two reference letters

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A Curriculum Vitae (CV)

(motivation-) letter

A letter outlining the candidate's motivation for selecting the programme and Master's track, including their expectations and interests.

other admission requirements

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

IMPORTANT: Application is organized through the NOHA network: apply.nohanet.org. Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.

Please note that other documents also have to be submitted in order to complete your application, such as a copy of your passport, a scan of your original diploma and a scan of your original academic transcripts. For more information, see: https://nohanet.org/masters#ac-1-2.

Deadline Erasmus Mundus applications: 15 December

Registration procedure

Important: Application through NOHA network: apply.nohanet.org. Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.

Selection procedure

An applicant must both meet the admission requirements and successfully complete a selection procedure in order to be admitted to the programme.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 April 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students15 April 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students15 April 202301 September 2023

Deadline Erasmus Mundus applications: 15 december

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

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

knowledge minimum

Written bachelor's thesis.

language test

English Language requirement:

Candidates must be in possession of one of the following certificates:

  • A TOEFL IBT (internet-based): minimum score of 93 with a minimum of 24 (scale 0–30) in the written test;
  • An IELTS: minimum overall score 6.5, with no component under 6.0;
  • A CAE or CPE: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), C1 or Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE), C2.

Candidates are not required to take an English language test in the following circumstances:

  • native speakers of English from English-speaking countries (i.e. where English is one of the official languages);
  • the language of instruction during your entire BA programme was English. In this case, the language of instruction must be clearly stated on your diploma/transcripts. Alternatively, you can submit a letter from the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office, or the equivalent office that issues official documents of records at your university.

Language requirements for other NOHA Universities:

If students wish to start their second semester at the Aix-Marseille Université, they must have previous knowledge of French, since the mode of instruction of this institute is French. Therefore, the candidate is required to have attained at minimum the following level of French: a C1 certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

If students wish to start their second semester at the Universidad de Deusto, they must have previous knowledge of Spanish, since the mode of instruction of this institute is Spanish. Therefore, the candidate is required to have attained at minimum the following level of Spanish: a B2 certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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

Two reference letters

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A Curriculum Vitae (CV)

(motivation-) letter

A letter outlining the candidate's motivation for selecting the programme and Master's track, including their expectations and interests.

other admission requirements

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

IMPORTANT: Application is organized through the NOHA network: apply.nohanet.org. Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.

Please note that other documents also have to be submitted in order to complete your application, such as a copy of your passport, a scan of your original diploma and a scan of your original academic transcripts. For more information, see: https://nohanet.org/masters#ac-1-2.

Deadline Erasmus Mundus applications: 15 December

Registration procedure

Important: Application through NOHA network: apply.nohanet.org. Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.


Selection procedure

An applicant must both meet the admission requirements and successfully complete a selection procedure in order to be admitted to the programme.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 April 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students15 April 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students15 April 202301 September 2023

Deadline Erasmus Mundus applications: 15 december

Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 14570full-time

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

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

More than a decade of experience has proved the Network's commitment and capacity to educate and train highly committed and interdisciplinary persons who can act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and who can function in a variety of ways to enhance the delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable actions.

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

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 profile 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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Contact

  • Drs. Ingrid Sennema (Programme Coordinator & Study Advisor)
    Email: noha rug.nl
  • Sander Ootjers (Assistant Programme Coordinator)
    Email: noha rug.nl
  • Jakob Matthias Grüter (Student Ambassador)
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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.

University of Groningen Orange Tulip Scholarship/Talent Grant of Faculty of Arts


Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Russia, India or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more about the OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts.

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Study associations

Clio

Clio is the study association of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen.
It has around 1000 members and is one of the largest study associations in Groningen and the largest study association at a Dutch Faculty of Arts. Clio organises 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/home
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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.