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 Joseph Matthew Debono
James Sater
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
The M.A. in International Humanitarian Action is a postgraduate programme established in conjunction with the European Commission. The programme combines theoretical and analytical knowledge with a hands-on approach. The taught programme will train you to develop an understanding of conflict and disaster across borders and to come up with responses to such events and their effects. The Network of Humanitarian Action will provide the teaching and the training and you will have the opportunity to study at different universities and benefit from rich cultural interactions and exchanges of ideas and languages. If you’re especially interested in human responses in foreign affairs and political decisions, this course will help you integrate your knowledge to handle complexities in responding to new humanitarian challenges.

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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 2021.

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
By the end of the course, you will:

• 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.
• Conceptualise, analyse, assess and judge complex humanitarian situations.
• Apply knowledge and understanding to manage humanitarian operations in complex and uncertain environments, including risk assessment.
• Develop a sensitivity to culture, gender and diversity in humanitarian action.
• Master the ability to deal with ethical and moral dilemmas and to take responsibility for decisions on them.
If you are interested in working in the area of humanitarian action, then the Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action will provide you with high-quality academic education and professional competency to be employed in your desired humanitarian field.
Over a decade’s worth of experience has shown that the Network has a commitment and capacity to educate you and provide you with highly committed and interdisciplinary skills that will enable you to act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhance the delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable actions. Upon successfully completing this postgraduate programme of study, you will be amongst over 3,000 graduates of NOHA’s Joint Masters in International Humanitarian Action who 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 2021/2.

Last Updated: 6 December 2021

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