24 months
5570 GBP/year
5570 GBP/year
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Engage with the philosophical and theoretical emergence of the concepts of humanitarianism. ‌‌The International Humanitarian Affairs programme from University of York offer an opportunity for you to explore fast-changing, contemporary debates over the theory, policy and practice of humanitarian affairs. 

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You will have the opportunity to network with like-minded experts, academics and policymakers from around the world who are responding to disasters, conflicts and complex political emergencies.

Careers and skills

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and many are working full-time jobs in real-time humanitarian responses where they can take full advantage of the flexible nature of the course.

The learning and teaching on the International Humanitarian Affairs programme from University of York enables you to build upon the practical knowledge gained from your professional experience with cutting-edge theory and an insight into humanitarian policy making. Successful completion of the course leads to a globally recognised qualification.

Our graduates have gone on to leading roles in governmental and non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and charities, working in areas affected by disasters and conflicts around the world. Their work spans the humanitarian and development spectrum, from camp management to advising the UN and governments on humanitarian responses. Many go on to further study at York and other leading universities.

Career opportunities

  • Central government roles
  • Local government roles
  • United Nations roles eg in the High Commission for Refugees, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Mission in Sudan and the World Health Organisation
  • International NGOs eg Mercy Corps, Care International, Aga Khan Development Network, Save the Children and Shelter Box
  • International Donor Agencies eg DFiD (UK) and USAID
  • University roles

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Examining Humanitarianism
  • Protection and Assistance in International Humanitarian Law
  • Humanitarian Response: Food and Nutrition, Shelter, Health and WASH
  • Research Methods in Humanitarian Affairs
  • Education in Emergencies 
  • Evaluating Humanitarian Programmes 
  • Communities in Humanitarian Affairs
  • Disasters in Complex Political Emergencies 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent in an appropriate subject. We are willing to consider applications from those who do not have the appropriate qualifications but have suitable humanitarian and development experience through working with the United Nations, international humanitarian and development organisations, government authorities, community-based groups or local charities.

Tuition Fee

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