Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action

Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action

Course information

Course title Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action
Course code PMAIHAFET7
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Yasmin Anna Gunilla Khakee
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
The Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competences for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action.

The Joint Master’s Programme was the first Master’s Programme in the area of Humanitarian Studies, having been established in conjunction with the European Commission back in 1993. The Programme combines theoretical and analytical knowledge and skills with a hands-on approach. The Joint Master’s Programme consists of interdisciplinary and multicultural teaching and training by 150+ NOHA Faculty Members, a combination of in-house experts and field-experienced guest lecturers.

The NOHA Joint Master’s in International Humanitarian Action is a 2-year, 4-Semester, 120-ECTS Master’s Programme providing specialised education in Humanitarian Action. Mobility is central to the NOHA experience. Students study at different universities and benefit from rich cultural interaction and exchange of ideas and languages. Student-mobility is an integral part of the NOHA teaching-learning process.

The partner universities have gradually integrated the joint training and research programme into their respective curricula, achieving a high degree of co-operation and integration, while preserving their speciality and traditions.

NOHA students come from all over the world and register in the NOHA network. They are admitted following a highly competitive selection process agreed by the Network and can therefore enrol for courses jointly recognised by each of the participating universities, with the assurance of good communication links.

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The Course shall be open to applicants who are in possession of a first cycle degree (Bachelor, EQF Level 6) from this or another university recognized by Senate, with at least Second Class Honours or Category II or an equivalent classification, in a discipline of relevance to Humanitarian Action, the duration of which should be of a minimum of three years and it should comprise not less than 180 ECTS credits.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that their standard of language of instruction of the Universities they plan to attend are satisfactory. The offer of a place on the Course may be made subject to the applicants obtaining such proficiency qualifications prior to the commencement of their studies.

Proficiency in English may be certified by one of the following:

(a) TOEFL: score of at least 250 (computer-based test) or 93 with a writing score of at least 24 (internet-based test)
(b) Cambridge Proficiency Examination Advanced Certificate: pass at Grade C or better or
(c) IELTS: at least 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each element

provided that English native speakers and students who have attended a Bachelor’s course taught in English shall not be required to submit the above certificates but may be required to demonstrate proficiency in some other way.

Proficiency in French may be certified by a C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Proficiency in Spanish may be certified by a B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Depending on the availability of resources, Senate, on the recommendation of the Board of Studies, shall determine the number of applicants that may be allowed to register on the Course. The number of available places shall be announced at the time of the call for applications.

If there are more eligible applicants than there are available places, applications shall be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

(a) type and level of academic qualifications (25%)
(b) type and level of research experience (10%)
(c) type and level of professional experience, such as practical experience in the area of humanitarian action in governmental, inter-governmental and/or non-governmental organisations and institutions (25%)
(d) motivation and concern for humanitarian issues (10%)
(e) multicultural sensitivity (10%)
(f) level of linguistic abilities (10%)
(g) recommendations (5%)
(h) nationality and gender balance (5%).

Applicants may further be requested to sit for an interview which shall be conducted by an interviewing board composed of at least three members, appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board may make use of electronic means of communication in order to carry out interviews with applicants.

Further programme and application details are available here.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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 Fee: Eur 12,000

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fee: Eur 12,000
Graduates of the NOHA Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action have the capacity to act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhance the professional delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable actions. After the completion of the NOHA Joint Master's course, graduates will have acquired the following learning competencies:

Vision: Global and comprehensive vision of the humanitarian world

1. Capacity to develop global and comprehensive visions of conflict, disaster and related vulnerable situations, in terms of theoretical approaches, as well as the responses and their effects.
2. Capacity for critical thinking, conceptualising, analysing, assessing and judging complex humanitarian situations.
3. Ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity responding to new humanitarian challenges and paradigms with innovative approaches.
4. Capacity to identify and investigate new trends in humanitarian action and do applied research to create new knowledge and thinking, promoting new ideas, developments and solutions.

Strategic Management: Capacity to manage high impact organisations and complex humanitarian responses

5. Capacity to apply knowledge and understanding to manage humanitarian operations in complex and uncertain environments, including risk assessment.
6. Capacity to manage policies, strategies, and programmes according to humanitarian principles and values.
7. Capacity to understand and promote constructively global coordination of humanitarian efforts in a set of multiple and diverse actors on global, national and local level.
8. Capacity to make humanitarian action accountable to beneficiaries and other humanitarian stakeholders.
9. Excellent communications skills and ability to build and lead diverse teams, moving them to the highest collective performance.

Personal Integrity: Capacity for self-management and to inspire and improve humanitarian strategic leadership

10. Knowledge of key international humanitarian principles and values and professional codes of conduct, and commitment to their implementation in practice.
11. Capacity to make informed and reasoned complex decisions and take action upon them.
12. Ability to deal with ethical and moral dilemmas and take responsibility for decisions on them.
13. Ability to cope with humanitarian crises on a personal level in relation to oneself and to those one is responsible for: being flexible, adaptable and dealing with stress.
14. Sensitivity to culture, gender and diversity in humanitarian action.
The Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action provides high-quality academic education and professional competences for any individuals who are currently working or intend to work in the area of humanitarian action.
More than a decade of experience has proved the Network's commitment and capacity to educate and train highly committed and interdisciplinary persons who can act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and who can function in a variety of ways to enhance the delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable actions.

Over 3,000 graduates of NOHA’s Joint Masters in International Humanitarian Action currently work in humanitarian relief and international cooperation for (inter)national organisations and institutions, both in the field and at Head Quarters around the world.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 25 June 2020

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
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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.