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Humanitarian Practice (LEAP Programme), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #732 (BCR) Online
The Humanitarian Practice (LEAP Programme) programme from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has been created to meet the professional and personal development needs of those working in the humanitarian sector, producing graduates who will be expected to meet the increasing demand for humanitarian leadership. The blended nature of this course promotes lifelong learning.
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3 Good Reasons to Study

  • The Humanitarian Practice (LEAP Programme) programme from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has been designed in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to respond to the needs of humanitarian organizations.
  • Students will benefit from studying at two academic institutions recognised globally for the excellence of research and outstanding learning and student experience.
  • This is a flexible course designed to allow study to fit around the work commitments of those already working in the humanitarian sector.

It is delivered as part of the Leadership Education Academic Partnership (LEAP) (link is external) programme and crosses traditional subject boundaries to enable you to reflect critically on issues arising from your own work, the wider humanitarian agenda and develop the skills set needed for contemporary humanitarian practitioners. Focusing on a wide range of humanitarian issues, the programme offers a thorough investigation of the agents of change in the humanitarian field.

It brings together the disciplines of public and global health, political science, international relations, history, epidemiology, disaster risk management and peacebuilding, as well as the expertise of academics and leading practitioners.

As an LSTM and HCRI student, you will benefit from a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research, as well as individual tutoring and supervision from academics from a wide range of disciplines.

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • The blended learning approach combines online and campus-based learning. This flexible approach gives you the best of both worlds: opportunities to work where and when it suits you as well as access to the face-to-face teaching, world-class facilities and networking available at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Manchester. 
  • Through a combination of blended modules, short courses, traditional semester long units and online provision students will be able to access the programmes at times which are convenient to their working lives and study modules both remotely online and in person at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Manchester for short periods of time.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      2-5 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent. Consideration may be given to those without this who have extensive professional humanitarian training and experience.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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MSc (part-time distance learning)

  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
  • International students (per annum): £9,250


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