NOHA Mundus - Joint Master's Degree Program in International Humanitarian Action

The NOHA Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university, multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. It is delivered by seven NOHA Network members (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III, France; Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany; University College Dublin, Ireland; Universidad de Deusto, Spain; University of Uppsala, Sweden; and University of Groningen, the Netherlands) in association with seven third country partner universities (Monash University, Australia; Universidad Javeriana, Colombia; Bangalore University, India; Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon; University of Western Cape, South Africa; Columbia University , New York, United States) in collaboration with the European Union, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and other humanitarian stakeholders.

The Programme is sixteen months in duration comprising three semesters that extend from early September through to December of the following year (90 ECTS). The programme has four main components, namely:
  • Intensive Programme (5 ECTS): located at the NOHA  oordinating University and takes place during the first two weeks of September;
  • Core Course (25 ECTS): delivered at the NOHA Home Universities and extends from mid- September to the end of January;
  • Orientation Period (30 ECTS): delivered at the NOHA Host universities from the beginning of February to the middle of June;
  • Research and Internship (30 ECTS) at the Home University or at a NOHA third country University and/ or in collaboration with a Humanitarian Organisation/ Agency linked to the Network. It extends from July to December.

The programme is modularised to enhance flexibility and comparability. The programme is assessed on the basis of jointly agreed learning outcomes built around the profile (knowledge and skills) required of humanitarian professionals. These knowledge and skills are expressed as competencies
e.g. problem solving capacities to work effectively in the field. After successfully completing all programme components, students will be awarded a Joint Diploma in International Humanitarian Action from the home and host universities. The Diploma Supplement is given to all students and a Joint Diploma Supplement will be issued when in keeping with national regulations. Languages of instruction are: English, French and Spanish. All candidates are chosen on the basis of common
selection criteria, which include; the quality of their education, professional background, experience in and concern for humanitarian issues, multicultural sensitivities, and linguistic abilities.

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