University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development (Taught)

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Course summary

Develop a critical understanding of conflict and humanitarian crises in this distance learning course. Gain skills in peacebuilding and humanitarian response. This course addresses the core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crises, 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. Additionally, you will also explore sustainable policy solutions that address the needs of those displaced by conflict and natural disasters. Drawing on case studies from the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, you will learn how the practical and policy-related challenges of responding to conflict and humanitarian crises play out in specific contexts. Gain key skills You will leave this course with:

  • in-depth knowledge of humanitarian conflict response, and development policy and practice
  • the professional and analytical skills to tackle political, ethical and practical tensions on the ground
  • the skills and knowledge to evaluate diverse perspectives and tools for conflict response and humanitarian action across different settings
  • an established professional network for continued knowledge-sharing and effective career development
The course is designed for those who already work in the field of humanitarian and conflict response, and recent graduates who aspire to do so. Graduates of the course could go on to work, or progress further, in this field. Learning and teaching The course is delivered in an inspiring format, that combines:
  • highly structured and interactive online content
  • face-to-face learning and networking at short residentials in Bath (compulsory) and Jordan (optional)
  • intensive support from expert Bath academics throughout
Graduate prospects 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. You could go on to work with development or humanitarian NGOs, the United Nations and other inter-governmental organisations, or in conflict or humanitarian advisor roles in government departments such as DFID. You could also progress onto doctoral studies. Graduates from this course have gone on to secure roles such as:
  • Assessment Officer (Humanitarian Situation Monitoring) at REACH Initiative
  • Women’s Development Coordinator at The Connection
  • EU Partnerships and Advocacy Officer at the British Council
  • Founder of The Washing Machine Project


This course lasts 2 years. It starts in September 2023 and ends in 2025. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Units Residential events The course combines two intensive residentials in Bath, with in-depth and structured online learning facilitated by academic staff who are experts in their subject areas. It's designed to fit your learning around professional commitments while applying it to your practice. 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. This residential may be affected by travel restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic. View budgeting information for more about the costs. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Year 1 Conflict, development and peacebuilding Humanitarianism in principle and practice Year 1: University of Bath residential 1 Attendance at the September 2023 residential week is compulsory. Exact dates to be confirmed. This residential will take place at the University of Bath campus. University accommodation will be available. Year 2 Approaches to human rights in context Negotiating the field: response to conflict, humanitarianism and development in practice Humanitarianism conflict and development dissertation Year 2: University of Bath residential 2 Attendance at the January 2025 residential week is compulsory. Exact dates to be confirmed. This residential will take place at the University of Bath campus. University accommodation will be available. Optional course units Year 1: Residential Attendance at the March 2024 residential week in Amman, Jordan, is optional. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Assessment method

Assessment Blog Essay Online web-forum contributions Policy brief

Entry requirements

British qualifications You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as development studies, human or political geography, sociology, area studies, politics, political economy, economics or international relations. We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If you first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English Language requirements. English language requirements 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 You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development at University of Bath - UCAS