Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action

Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action

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Course title Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action
Course code PMAHMAFET12
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Yasmin Anna Gunilla Khakee
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The MA in Humanitarian Action provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to critically analyse humanitarian action, and work effectively in the humanitarian and development fields. The multidisciplinary Master’s degree combines theoretical and analytical knowledge and skills with a more hands-on approach. Courses are taught by a combination of in-house experts and experienced guest lecturers.

In an interdependent world, a humanitarian crisis in one area of the globe often has consequences in neighbouring countries as well as further afield, including increased refugee flows, heightened insecurity and trans-border problems, foreign intervention etc. With global warming, growing population density and the increasing fragility of a number of states across the word—to name but a few factors—the incidence of humanitarian crises has grown in the last decades. The trend is not likely to change in the years ahead: if anything, the number of humanitarian crises is set to grow further. As a consequence, humanitarian assistance—both assistance provided by governments and multilateral institutions and aid offered by private organizations and initiatives—has increased in importance over the last decades and will likely grow further.

The MA also offers the possibility of placements for those students who wish to gain hands-on experience of what working in the humanitarian and development fields entails.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Second Class or better in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,
provided that the Board may consider applicants in possession of the Degree with Third Class Honours only if it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the same or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 55% in that area or

(c) a degree from this or from another university which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b) above. This comparability may, in exceptional cases, extend to applicants proposing a research topic which in itself bridges the area of study of the first degree and the one being applied for. In such cases, applicants would be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability, in accordance with procedures established by the Board.

Depending on the nature of the programme, the Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) to join the Course subject to an interview to establish whether they have sufficient proficiency and background to be able to profit from the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 1,600

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL
The Masters programme approaches humanitarian and development action from both a practical and an analytical perspective. Students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to critically analyse humanitarian action, and work effectively in the humanitarian and development field. Candidates for the MA in Humanitarian Action will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

• The variety of humanitarian and more long-term responses to crises across the globe;
• How such responses are shaped and what consequences they have;
• The institutional and legal framework for humanitarian action;
• Medical and public health aspects of humanitarian action;
• Problems and challenges with contemporary humanitarian action;
• In-depth knowledge of several sub-fields of humanitarian and development cooperation (depending on the student’s choice of specialization).

The MA enables students to develop a range of skills, including:

• The ability to analyse critically humanitarian and development action, how it is framed, structured, and delivered;
• The ability to plan, programme, implement, and evaluate effectively humanitarian and/or development interventions;
• The ability to navigate among the numerous players involved in humanitarian and development assistance;
• Confident oral presentation skills on the topics covered;
• Analytical writing in the area of humanitarian and development cooperation.
The MA programme in Humanitarian Action is intended for individuals working in, or aspiring to work in, humanitarian agencies, multilateral aid institutions, NGOs and private foundations, government agencies, large corporations with in-house development/outreach work, and think tanks/research centres focusing on humanitarian and development cooperation.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 22 March 2019

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Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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