Joint Master’s in International Humanitarian ActionMaster's degree

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      Why offer a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Action?

      About the Master’s degree

      The main objective of offering a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Action is to address the growing need for university qualifications that have been specifically designed to tackle complex humanitarian emergencies.

      Unfortunately, not only have humanitarian crises increased in number, but they have also become more complex. The number of people and areas affected by natural and man-made disasters has risen and will continue to grow in the middle and long term due to the interrelated impact of current and emerging world tendencies such as climate change, the food crisis, the financial crisis, extreme poverty, urban development, the water shortage, energy security, migration and population growth. As a result, there is higher demand for qualified staff who can take on the new humanitarian action challenges, demonstrating proven supervision skills and the capacity to lead. These people must be equipped to set priorities and plan operations to successfully address humanitarian crises.

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      Ranked 1st

      in the Cooperation category in El Mundo Ranking



      You will be part of

      The NOHA Network: 12 European universities and 14 from other parts of the world


      Application deadlines

       Erasmus Mundus grants: 1 November to 31 January



      Network of more than 3000

      postgraduates working in the world of cooperation

      • Campus:

        Bilbao Campus

      • Programme name:

        Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in International Humanitarian Action

      • Duration/credits:

        2 years (4 semesters) - 120 ECTS

      • Language



      • Number of places


      • Programme type

        On campus Full time

      • Application process:

        Application process closed

      • Additional information:

        Internships 30 ECTS

      • Faculty:

        Social and Human Sciences
      • Share:

      Master’s degree ranked among the 250 best postgraduate programmes according to "El Mundo"

      Participant profile and student guidance


      designed for people who work or plan to work in the humanitarian action area in positions of responsibility in national and international organisations, both in office and field work.

      Student profile

      Student profile

      Student guidance

      The academic directors of the NOHA Master’s programme carry out the general coordination of the studies, as well as individual support for each student to ensure that the training experience on the Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action adapts to students’ personal characteristics and employability. These actions consist in regular tutorials, informal meetings at the student’s request and guidance in finding a supervisor for the Master’s Final Project,

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      The  NOHA Network and the University of Deusto have signed a number of collaboration agreements with different institutions to support internships and research stays for students.

      Entry requirements and admission criteria

      Entry requirements

      Application forms may be completed online through the NOHA network website. The online formmust be duly completed. 

      Once selected, the University of Deusto will contact students for enrolment. 

      First application period through the NOHA network

      • Deadline: 22 July

      Special application period

      Candidates must choose the university where they want to start the first semester of their Master's degree in their application. This will allow the university selected by each candidate to assess the application using the selection criteria agreed by the network of eight European universities. The agreed criteria are: a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised university in a field of relevance to humanitarian action.

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      Grants And Financial Information


      Grants And Financial Information

      The NOHA Master’s degree has been supported by the European Union for 12 years. The NOHA master's degree was one of the first 19 master's programmes selected at the start of the Erasmus Mundus programme in 2004.
      In 2017, the European Union renewed its support to the NOHA master's degree for a period of 4 years, including funding grants for 3 editions of the master's degree, the first starting in September 2018.

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      Quality Management


      Quality Management

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      Degree programme verification, monitoring and accreditation;

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