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International Humanitarian Action, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action delivered by Uppsala University is a multidisciplinary and inter-university programme that provides high-quality academic education and professional competences for a career in humanitarian action, emergency and disaster relief, and development at both national and international levels.


NOHA stands for Network on Humanitarian Action, which is the organisation responsible for this joint European Master’s programme.

The programme was launched in 1993 because of a growing concern about the increase in disasters and conflicts in the world and the complex consequences for society. In order to address these questions, it was felt that a more professional approach was required, combining academic higher education and professional competences. The programme is administered by the Department of Theology, but is multidisciplinary.

The education is co-funded by the European Commission and is one of the best-established Master’s programmes in humanitarian action, linking ten core universities in Europe with many partner universities around the globe. The Master’s programme has twice been awarded Erasmus Mundus Programme status, thus facilitating student and scholar mobility within the network.

The Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action at Uppsala University offers a multidisciplinary education which seeks to teach the student core competences for a career in humanitarian action. The overall aim is to train students to develop the analytical and practical skills needed by professional humanitarian workers – for example, an interdisciplinary understanding of emergency situations and a capacity to organise and plan humanitarian relief operations. In Uppsala, the Master’s is a two-year programme.


This programme provides the student with a high-quality academic education and professional competences tailored to a career in the areas of international humanitarian action, emergency and disaster relief, and development.

A Master's degree in International Humanitarian Action could be a suitable qualification for work in non-governmental organisations and in large international organisations such as the UN, EU or OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

Nationally, there are career possibilities in the public sector such as in the County Councils and Municipalities and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

Programme Structure

First Semester

The semester kicks off in the first week of September with the Intensive Programme (IP), which in the last few years has been co-hosted by Warsaw University, Poland. The semester then continues with courses in International Law, Anthropology, Management, Public Health and Geopolitics. All modules are worth 5 credits.

Second Semester

In the second semester, students move to a partner university within the network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) and study that university’s specialisation. A good knowledge of French or Spanish will be necessary for certain universities.

For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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