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Humanitarian Action, full-time, second cycle

Code S2-HA
Organizational unit Faculty of Law and Administration
Field of studies Humanitarian Action
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 10
Admission limit 25
Duration 2 years
Recruitment committee address Wydział Prawa i Administracji
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa
WWW address http://noha.uw.edu.pl/
Required document
  • Higher education
Phase 2 (15.05.2023 00:00 – 15.08.2023 23:59)
(registration protected by access code )

Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (01.11.2022 00:00 – 15.04.2023 23:59)

All applications must be made on-line on the NOHA website (http://nohanet.org/).

The Master Programme in Humanitarian Action (HA) provides students with a broad education and training in the area of international humanitarian action, in which both critical thinking and research skills are emphasised. As part of the programme, the students undertake two semesters of mobility (the second mobility will be available only in academic year 2019/2020), the second of which is an introduction to one's own research in a selected part of the world (Eastern Europe, Latin America, South-East Asia, South Africa, North America), continued during the preparation of the master thesis. The goal is thus to train high level, committed, interdisciplinary trained personnel who can function with enhanced professionalism and full awareness of the social, political, legal, cultural and security environment, and who can provide quality services in the broad field of humanitarian relief, informed on their theoretical insights and humanitarian principles. The programme in HA has both specialised and interdisciplinary dimensions and offers education primarily in the area of political science and law, but also in management, anthropology and public health. Moreover, the curriculum offers several practical elements (i.e. simulations, obligatory internship) which enhances the graduates' prospects on the job market.

The Programme is offered jointly by the Faculty of Law and Administration and the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations (Institute of International Relations), in cooperation with partner universities associated in NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action).

More information: http://www.noha.uw.edu.pl/

Admission rules

Applicants for admission to studies shall have a bachelor's, master's, engineer's diploma or other equivalent foreign document obtained in any field of study and present proof of proficiency in the use of the English language at a level of at least B2 (according to the classification of the Council of Europe). Admission criteria include motivation, academic qualifications, language skills, work and research experience. Practical experience in the field of humanitarian aid in governmental, non-governmental and international organizations and institutions is not required, but is additionally taken into account.

The studies are part of the NOHA Joint Master's Degree. The recruitment procedure is the same for candidates with a Polish and foreign diploma.

All applications for admission to studies must be submitted online at NOHA's website http://nohanet.org

The required documentation of application shall include:

  1. graduate diploma (certified copy); if the diploma is not in English, applicants should provide an official English translation of the diploma;
  2. Diploma Supplement or Transcript of Records; if not in English, candidates should provide an official English translation;
  3. Curriculum Vitae (according to the Europass template: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae);
  4. 2 letters of recommendation (in English);
  5. a document confirming that the graduate diploma entitles to apply for admission to further studies or to continue education in any type of higher education institution in the education system in which the institution issuing the document operates (with a translation into the language of the studies undertaken by candidate) - if such information is included in the supplement to the diploma, there is no need to provide a separate document.

Recruitment procedure:

  1. The NOHA consortium makes an initial preselection based on the fulfillment of formal requirements (application completeness), and then submits to the University of Warsaw applications of people who have declared the choice of the University of Warsaw as their home university.
  2. The Selection Committee conducts the recruitment procedure by assessing:

    a. academic qualifications (0-25 points);
    b. knowledge of foreign languages (0-10 points);
    c. professional and scientific experience (0-10 points);
    d. motivation to start studies (0-5 points).

  3. In the case of applicants for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, a separate scoring system is used, determined by the regulations of the European Commission.
  4. Based on the scores awarded by the Selection Committee, a ranking list is prepared.


Checking the candidates' competences to undertake studies conducted in the English language

The Selection Committee does not provide for an additional form of checking the competences of candidates to study in English.

The candidate is obliged to present a document confirming the knowledge of the English language at a level of at least B2.

The studies are payable - tuition fees