Master’s in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid

Also available in: French, Spanish

Duration: 644 hours, one year
Start date: February 16, 2016
Course language: English

  • Regular fee: 1465 Euros
  • Reduced Fee “One-off payment”: 1245 Euros
  • Reduced Fee “Grant 30 & one-off payment”: 870 Euros
  • Reduced Fee “Grant 60 & one-off payment”: 490 Euros
Programme REGISTER
    The international legal framework
    • Origin of current humanitarianism and international legal framework for humanitarian action
    • International Human Rights Law
    • International Humanitarian Law
    • Legislation on refugees and internally displaced people, and Disaster response legislation
    Film Forum: The origins of current Humanitarianism, the creation of the Red Cross and International Humanitarian Law

    Gender and cross cutting approaches
    • Introduction to a gender-sensitive approach
    • Gender in Projects and Programmes
    • Environmental issues
    • Rights based programming
    • Childhood and Youth
    • Disabilities
    • Building local capacities
    Ethics in humanitarian work and in development cooperation
    • Humanitarian identity and basic humanitarian principles
    • Evolution of humanitarian principles
    • Codes of Conduct
    • Other initiatives to improve humanitarian programme quality
    Film Forum: The genocide in Rwanda

    Let's talk about solidarity and cooperation
    • Wealth, poverty and inequality
    • Approaches to under-development
    • Cooperation strategies
    • Voluntary work
    The Millennium Development Goals in Development Projects
    • Concepts of Development
    • What are the Millennium Development Goals?
    • The World Bank and the Poverty-Reduction Strategies
    • Governance and Development
    Disasters and risk management
    • Natural disasters as global phenomena
    • The reduction of risk as a necessary approach
    • Types of disaster: natural & anthropogenic
    • Learning to Manage Disasters
    Project Management I: Logical Framework Approach
    • The Logical Framework Approach
    • The Project Cycle, Indicators and External Factors
    • The European Union Project Cycle Management Manual and other manuals
    Project Management II: Project Management and Implementation
    • Needs Assessment
    • Formulating preliminary plans: Concept notes and Synthesis documents
    • Monitoring the emergency project by means of Reports
    • Monitoring long term projects by means of AOPs and Reports
    • Coordination: Coordination of Activities & Coordination among Institutions
    • Fundraising
    • Methodological Documents
    Film Forum: The Yugoslav Wars

    Project Management III: Missions and Offices in the field
    • Administration and budgeting: Administrative regulations of an international donnor & European Union Humanitarian Aid project contract management regulations - ECHO FPA
    • Human Resources
    • Staff security in field operations and conflict zones
    • Logistics
    Sectors of Humanitarian Intervention, the Sphere Project and the UNHCR Emergency Manual
    • Food Security, Nutrition and Livelihoods
    • Public Health
    • Water and Sanitation
    • Design of temporary shelter and Refugee Camps. The Sphere Project and the UNHCR Manual for Emergency Situations.
    • Humanitarian Protection
    • Advocacy
    • Education in emergencies.
  • Grants / Scholarships / Bursaries
    "Grant 60": A bursary equivalent to a 60% reduction in the course fee is available for students who meet at least one of the following conditions:
    • Being, at least for six months, a volunteer of an NGO, a grass-roots organization, or an UN agency.
    • Being a member, employee or volunteer, of a grass-roots organization or of a local NGO of a country receiving international cooperation
    • Being an employee as "local staff" of an International NGO or an UN agency
    "Grant 30": A bursary equivalent to a 30% reduction in the course fee is available for students who meet at least one of the following conditions:
    • Being or having been an employee or a member of an NGO, a grass-roots organization, an UN agency or a donor agency.
    • Having been a volunteer of a NGO, a grass-roots organization, or an UN agency.
    • Being a citizen of a country receiving international cooperation.
    • Being unemployed
    • Being a college student.
  • Teaching Staff
    The Teaching staff are:
    • A Director of Studies, to deal with learning and administrative issues
    • A team of humanitarian workers in charge of debates within the thematic forums as Guest Experts
    • A Final Assignment Tutor, giving personal guidance when developing the assignment
    • A Technician to give support with the virtual classroom
  • Certificates
    Master’s students can get the following certificates:
    1. Master’s degree. Upon successful completion of all course’s activities.
    2. Master’s certificate with final grade and description of course contents.
    And after completing each module:
    3. Course certificate “The international legal framework”
    4. Course certificate “Gender and cross cutting approaches”
    5. Course certificate “Ethics in humanitarian work and in development cooperation”
    6. Course certificate “Let’s talk about solidarity and cooperation”
    7. Course certificate “The Millennium Development Goals in Development Projects”
    8. Course certificate “Disasters and risk management”
    9. Course certificate “Project Management I: Logical Framework Approach”
    10. Course certificate “Project Management II: Project Management and Implementation”
    11. Course certificate “Project Management III: Missions and Offices in the field”
    12. Course certificate “Sectors of Humanitarian Intervention, the Sphere Project and the UNHCR Emergency Manual”

  • Methodology
    Our courses use an e-learning methodology based on socio-constructivist pedagogy. Proponents of Constructivist Learning believe that knowledge is developed or ‘constructed’ in the mind of the student through collaborative learning processes rather than being merely passed on through traditional text books and teacher-to-student teaching methods.

    Selected elements of our methodology are explained below:
    • Learning takes place in a Virtual Classroom, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, accessible by internet from anywhere.
    • Once in the classroom the student will find general information about the course as well as the course subject material with accompanying exercises and support documents.
    • The training process for each of the topics draws on the following tools and materials.
      • Learning objectives
      • Presentations and videos
      • Selection of official documents from the United Nations, NGOs and official cooperation organizations, with study instructions.
      • Summary of key messages.
      • Bibliography
    • The evaluation system consists of:
      • Online exams
      • A final assignment and/or research and development activities: Specific exercises regarding case studies and key questions.
    • The learning process is supported by the set up of debate forums for all topics.
    All the students cover the same topics within the same timeframe, but each student works through the course materials at his or her own pace. This enables forums to be interesting and relevant, and often provokes discussion between students of a similar advanced level. The intrinsic flexibility in these courses means that, if necessary, students can interrupt their studies for periods of time, for work or other reasons. When this happens, they are recommended to restart at the same stage as the rest of the group and to gradually cover missed material with the support of the tutor.