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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 6000

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 6000

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About International Relations at University of Groningen

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 InternationalHumanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinarymaster. It provides high quality academic education andprofessional competencies for personnel working or intending towork in the area of humanitarian action. It is offered by 8European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany,Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. The students can follow theregional training (3rd semester) in various globaluniversities. 

Interdisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual teaching andtraining by interfaculty members, a combination of in-house expertsand field-experienced guest lecturers. In this programmeyou will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies. You will studythe causes of conflicts and different coping strategies forconflicts and disasters, assess intervention and reconstructionprogrammes. Also, practical skills are acquired such as managementskills and cross-cultural communication skills.  
Graduates have the capacity to act at all levels of humanitarianrelief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhanceprofessional delivery of assistance and substainableactions. 

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 InternationalHumanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinarymaster. It provides high quality academic education andprofessional competencies for personnel working or intending towork in the area of humanitarian action. It is offered by 8European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany,Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. The students can follow theregional training (3rd semester) in various globaluniversities. 

Interdisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual teaching andtraining by interfaculty members, a combination of in-house expertsand field-experienced guest lecturers. In this programmeyou will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies. You will studythe causes of conflicts and different coping strategies forconflicts and disasters, assess intervention and reconstructionprogrammes. Also, practical skills are acquired such as managementskills and cross-cultural communication skills.  
Graduates have the capacity to act at all levels of humanitarianrelief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhanceprofessional delivery of assistance and substainableactions. 

After your studies

Job prospects

Some 3,500 graduated professionals work in the field ofhumanitarian relief and international co-operation. They holdvarious positions of responsibility in all kinds of internationaland national NGOs, institutions, agencies and government both in the field and at headquarters level all around the world. Suchpositions 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 Alumniwebsite: http://www.noha-students.org/

Some 3,500 graduated professionals work in the field ofhumanitarian relief and international co-operation. They holdvarious positions of responsibility in all kinds of internationaland national NGOs, institutions, agencies and government both in the field and at headquarters level all around the world. Suchpositions 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 Alumniwebsite: http://www.noha-students.org/

Job examples

  • protection officers
  • consultants
  • researchers
  • field/country directors
  • emergency team leaders
  • programme managers
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 6000International course feesEUR 6000

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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assessment interview

optional

grade list

The programme is highly selective. Priority is given to studentswith better results.

language test

obligatory for non-English speakers

previous education

University Bachelor degree in law, health, psychology,sociology, anthropology, economics, management, theology or otherhumanitarian 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 priorlearning, motivation and, if applicable, earlier fieldexperience.

NB. February admission only for second semester students.

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor degree in law, health, psychology, sociology,anthropology, economics, management, international relations or anyother 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 priorlearning, motivation and, if applicable, earlier fieldexperience.

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

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

Registration procedure

Application through NOHA network: www.nohanet.org

Application through NOHA network: www.nohanet.org

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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