Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development MSc (Distance Learning) at University of Bath

University of Bath
Masters (MSc)

2 years
Part time

Course description:

The Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development MSc (Distance Learning) at the University of Bath is a 2 years part-time distance learning Masters degree programme that enables students to develop a critical understanding of conflict and humanitarian crisis and gain skills in peacebuilding and humanitarian response. This course addresses the core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crisis, with a practical focus on the tools and approaches that can respond to these challenges. You will examine in-depth the complexities involved in resolving conflict and promoting peace. You will also explore sustainable policy solutions that address the needs of those displaced by conflict and natural disaster.

The course combines in-depth and structured online learning with 2 intensive residencies in Bath. There’s also an optional third residential in Amman, Jordan, which offers an excellent opportunity to learn from senior policymakers and explore how issues relating to human displacement and humanitarianism apply to a specific regional context. Drawing on case studies from the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, you will learn how the practical and policy-related challenges of responding to conflict and humanitarian crisis play out in specific contexts.


Department of Social & Policy Sciences at University of Bath

Entry Requirements:

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. See the Official Website (link found below) for international equivalents, by country. Your undergraduate degree should be in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations. Graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects will also be considered in they have relevant professional experience.

This course provides an excellent background for those wishing to pursue a career in humanitarian, conflict response, or peacebuilding. It is equally relevant to those already working in the humanitarian and conflict fields, seeking to advance their careers with a deeper level of specialist knowledge.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from the university’s English Language requirements. Otherwise, the following English language qualifications are needed:

• IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
• The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
• TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components.


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