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Introduction to Humanitarian Studies taster

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Subject area
International Politics, Social Sciences
Course date


Two hours (4.30pm - 6.30pm)

Academic direction


Are you interested in working in the humanitarian sector, in a career that makes a real difference to people and communities around the world? 

Come along to the UCL Introduction to Humanitarian Studies online taster and find out more about studying this subject at university and the careers it will prepare you for.

In this practical online session, we’ll introduce some of the key issues in humanitarian studies, such as ethics, the impact of climate change and international relations, and encourage you to discuss them in groups. You’ll work together on some of the practical aspects of humanitarian work in the field, as well as hearing about some of the positive impacts real organisations have on the ground. We’ll also tell you a bit about our Global Humanitarian Studies BSc programme, and careers in the sector.

The session is led by someone with practical humanitarian experience, and by current students on our BSc degree. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask them about the subject, the sector and studying humanitarianism in the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR).

About the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR)

The IRDR is a multidisciplinary centre for research and teaching at UCL. Our staff and students come from a wide range of backgrounds and, together with our extensive professional networks, this makes the IRDR an invigorating environment in which to study. Unique in the UK, the Global Humanitarian Studies BSc has been created in collaboration with organisations in the sector, providing you with the key skills and knowledge required to become a humanitarian professional.

Applications for this taster course are now closed. 

Course requirements

This taster course is open to students in Year 12 and Year 13 (final year A Level/IB students), or anyone who is thinking of starting their undergraduate studies in September 2024 or September 2025.