PhD in Humanitarian Aid

A PhD in humanitarian aid provides students with an opportunity to conduct significant, long-term, in-depth research into topics within the field of international aid. Usually completed over three years, full-time, PhD students in humanitarian aid are supported by a team of academics to investigate causes, trends and impacts of specific subjects within the aid field, completing both literature and in-the-field research.

A PhD in humanitarian aid is often undertaken after gaining several years of professional experience, and is a chance to complete academic research on an area of interest. Graduates with PhD’s in humanitarian aid often go on work in universities as academics or with NGOs or government agencies as researchers. PhD graduates in humanitarian aid can also continue onto further research and publications.

PhD Humanitarianism and Conflict Response – University of Manchester

The three-year full time, or 7-year part-time, PhD in Humanitarian and Conflict Response at the University of Manchester is one of the leading research programmes in humanitarian aid. The course aims for students to complete in-depth analysis and academically rigorous research into ongoing humanitarian emergencies as well as historical crises. Students research should aim to inform future policy and practice and improve the debate around effective humanitarian response. Students work alongside a research panel of two relevant academics to the students specialist area of expertise. On the PhD in Humanitarian and Conflict Response at Manchester University, students are encouraged to work with other departments across the university, as well as cross-cutting with areas such as global health, politics and economics or emergency response. The aim of the course is to ensure graduates have completed crucial, expansive and independent research into humanitarian aid. Students are highly encouraged to promote their research through journal publications and conferences.

Entry requirements for the Humanitarian and Conflict Response PhD at Manchester University are an undergraduate degree of 2.1 or above or an international equivalent. Applicants also need a masters degree with overall average of 65% with a minimum of 65% on their dissertation and no mark below 55%, or the international equivalent. The university will also accept strong professional experience.

Fees for UK nationals to the PhD in Humanitarian and Conflict Response at the University of Manchester are 6,250 GBP for each year of full-time study or 3,125 GBP for part-time. Overseas students pay 19,500 GBP for full-time study. The University of Manchester has scholarships and bursaries for post-graduate study and some students may be eligible for a fees loan.

PhD in Humanitarian Studies – University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) has a PhD course in Humanitarian Studies. The doctoral research programme allows students to complete a significant piece of study in the field of humanitarian aid, under the supervision of leading academics and researchers.  Taught within the Centre for Humanitarian Action, the PhD in Humanitarian Studies includes a number of innovative design measures to support PhD candidates in their exploration and research. The Centre for Humanitarian Action at UCD is a world-leading teaching and research centre for humanitarian aid. The UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action and the PhD programme in Humanitarian Studies is linked with partner organisations and NGOs working in humanitarian action, allowing students to undertake practical research and gain first-hand experiences. The PhD programme is full-time and takes three years. It can be started in January, May or September.

For information on entry requirements and fees for the PhD in Humanitarian Studies at University College Dublin contact the university directly.