MSc Health in Humanitarian Crises
This practice-focused master's in Health in Humanitarian Crises will equip you with the specific knowledge and skills you need to work in this field. Taught by experienced practitioners and experts, you'll examine multi-faceted and current health problems rooted in real-life humanitarian crisis scenarios.
A mark of excellence
Benefit from a degree developed by world-leading academic staff at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), an institution at the forefront of global health for over 120 years – from pioneering work on vaccines to making the first link between smoking and lung cancer.
Boost your career prospects
Gain the skills you need to advance or launch your career in humanitarian health, be it as a practitioner, policymaker or researcher. You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of the core disciplines in public health and develop the critical and evaluative skills to make sound scientific and ethical judgements.
Study online anywhere in the world
Fit your studies around your commitments and pursue an internationally recognised degree without putting your life on hold. Continue to build your career momentum while gaining the knowledge and skills to unlock future opportunities. Benefit from comprehensive study materials written specifically for the programmes by leading experts.
Unlock a wealth of study resources
Access interactive computer sessions, study guides, past examination papers and more via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Receive personalised assignment feedback, tutorial support and discuss course material with other students through the online discussion forums.
Join our global network of alumni
After you graduate, you'll continue to enjoy a lifelong link to the University of London, with benefits including global alumni events and free online courses. You'll join a distinguished community of alumni around the world, which includes Nobel prize-winners and leaders in law, finance, humanities and other fields.
The degree is available to be studied as a full master’s degree, a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).
- For the MSc you complete eight modules plus a project.
- For the PGDip you complete eight modules.
- For the PGCert you complete four modules.
The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what modules you can choose and the order in which they must be studied.
MSc and Postgraduate Diploma only
|Programme starts||October 2023|
What qualifications do you need?
For entry to the programme, you will need either:
- the equivalent of a UK first or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject from an acceptable institution.
- or, an appropriate professional or technical qualification, plus three years' relevant experience.
If you do not meet the above standard requirements, we can still consider your application on the basis of your qualifications and experience. In these instances, once you apply online, we will contact you with a request for two references to support your application before referring on for academic consideration.
English Language requirements
You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:
- IELTS: 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in the written test and 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
- TOEFL iBT: 100 overall, with 24+ in writing, 23+ in speaking, 22+ in reading and 21+ in listening.
- Pearson Test (Academic): 68 overall, with 62+ in writing and 59+ in listening, reading and speaking.
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: 185 overall, with 176+ in writing and 169+ in listening.
- Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 130.
Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.
If you do not meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, we may also consider your application.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.
View the Programme Specification to see the computer requirements for this programme.
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2023-2024 session. On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.
Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page.
|Application fee (non-refundable)||£107|
|The application fee (non-refundable) is payable when you make your application for an MSc, PGDip or PGCert. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer inviting you to register. The application fee is separate to other fees listed. There is no application fee for our Individual modules taken on a standalone basis.|
|Full programme fee 2023-2024|
|Pay as you go|
|Individual modules (Standalone)|
|Total per module||£2500|
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*The indicative totals include the application fee, all module and continuation fees payable to the University of London for the duration of your study, as well as online tutor support. This fee does not include applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, local exam centre fees and fees payable to University of London Recognised Teaching Centres.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.
Can I get sponsored?
If you are employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.
Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.
This degree will suit practitioners, policy-makers or researchers who wish to deepen their understanding of humanitarian issues and increase their potential for career development in the humanitarian and public health fields.
Successful students will have enhanced career prospects within the health professions. If you complete the MSc, it may enable you to progress for further study in the health field.
"The programme is a unique course for both newcomers wishing to enter this field, and experienced staff looking for opportunities to extend their skills."
Professor Francesco Checchi
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
You’ll have access to a wide range of careers and employability support through the University of London Careers Service, including live webinars and online drop-in sessions.
Tailored support for careers in the refugee and humanitarian fields is available through regular programme events, webinars and careers resources.