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International Relations (120 EC)


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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 Master’s Degree in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university, multidisciplinary Master. You will receive high quality academic education and develop professional competencies to work in the area of humanitarian action. You can study the programme at 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France, and Poland and follow a Regional Training Track at various global partner universities.

This programme is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multilingual teaching by interfaculty staff, in-house experts, and field-experienced guest lecturers. You will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies, study the causes of conflicts and disasters, analyze different coping strategies, and assess intervention and reconstruction programmes. As a graduate, you will have the capacity to act at all levels of cross-cultural humanitarian relief operations and to enhance professional delivery of assistance and substantial actions.

NB: Application through NOHA network: Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.




Master of Arts


2 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 18,700

€ 15,900


Application 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: Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.

Bachelor degree in law, health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, management, international relations or any other humanitarian action related field.

Written bachelor's thesis.

relevant professional experience is an advantage

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

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: - n

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

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 18,700
€ 15,900
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 15 Apr '24 15 Apr '24
1 Sep '25 15 Apr '25 15 Apr '25
1 Sep '26 15 Apr '26 15 Apr '26


You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.

StuNed Scholarship Programme

StuNed Scholarships for master studies, short courses and customised training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least 2 years' work experience in a development-related organisation.


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050 363 9011

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