Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action

Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action

Course Title

Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action

MQF Level


Duration and Credits

3 Semesters


Mode of Study

Full-time Evening

Information for International applicants

Applicants must be in possession of a first cycle degree obtained from this University, or from any other higher education institution approved by Senate for this purpose, and satisfy also the Special Course Requirements and any other conditions included in the Notes section, if applicable

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  1. 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/li>
  2. 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
  3. 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.

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.

Supplementary and Preparatory Programme

  1. the Board may require applicants admitted under paragraphs (b) and if necessary (c) to follow and pass supplementary study-units and/li>
  2. applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class Honours or Category III shall be required to complete a preparatory programme.

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The M.A. in Humanitarian Action is a taught postgraduate programme that challenges you to critically analyse political situations that require a humanitarian response. Combining theory and practice, the MA looks at situations like increased refugee flows, heightened insecurity, trans-border problems, foreign interventions, global warming, and a growing human population. Humanitarian assistance is an ever in-demand response to an increasingly precarious global climate. If you're interested in the sources of crises and their solutions, this MA provides you with the opportunity to gain a hands-on experience of what working in the humanitarian and development field entails.

The M.A. in Humanitarian Action is also attainable by way of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme, enabling students to study at their own pace and complete the full programme of study in three (minimum) to seven (maximum) years.

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In addition to the compulsory study-units, students are required to choose study-units to the value of 15 ECTS credits from the elective study-units on offer during semester 2.
Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
IRL5051 Legal Dimensions of Humanitarian Action 5 ECTS    
IRL5052 Governance and Policy Making: The International Context 5 ECTS    
IRL5053 Management in Humanitarian Action 5 ECTS    
IRL5065 Anthropology and Intercultural Aspects of Humanitarian Action 5 ECTS    
IRL5066 World Politics in Humanitarian Action 5 ECTS    
IRL5068 Public Health in the Humanitarian Action Context 5 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
IRL5054 Advanced Management in Humanitarian Action 5 ECTS    
IRL5055 Applied Ethics in Humanitarian Action 5 ECTS    
IRL5061 Methodology and Research Methods in Humanitarian Studies 5 ECTS    
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
ANT5072 Forced Migration and the Humanitarian Border: Anthropological Perspectives 5 ECTS    
INL5027 International Law and Forced Migration 5 ECTS    
IRL5070 Migration and Migration Control 5 ECTS    
IRL5071 Migration and Conflict 5 ECTS    


Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
IRL5062 Dissertation 30 ECTS    


This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2021 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of the degree of Master of Arts under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the variety of humanitarian and long-term responses to crises across the globe.
  • Understand how such responses are shaped and what consequences they have.
  • Develop a proficiency in the institutional and legal framework for humanitarian action.
  • Learn the key medical and public health aspects of humanitarian action.
  • Navigate amongst the numerous key players in the field.
  • Write cogently and at length about a chosen topic in the field of humanitarian action.

Non EU Applicants:

Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL

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As a holder of the MA in Humanitarian Action certificate, you will be able to work in humanitarian programmes. Careers may include positions with UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and entities of the International Red Cross.

If you would like to further your studies, then you may do so by enrolling in a doctorate programme offered at the University of Malta, or at a foreign University abroad.

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