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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
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There is currently no active phase for this programme.

Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (30.11.2020 00:00 – 15.04.2021 23:59)

All applications must be made on-line on the NOHA website (

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).

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Admission rules

Candidates seeking the admission must have completed level first or second cycle degree - Bachelor, Master, Engineer or equivalent. They also should be able to present proof of language proficiency in English on a C1 level or better (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR).

Selection criteria include motivation, academic qualifications, language skills, research and professional experience. Practical experience in the area of humanitarian action in governmental, inter-governmental and/or non-governmental organisations and institutions is valued but not mandatory.


Master studies in Humanitarian Action offered by the University of Warsaw are part of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) Joint Master Programme.

All applications must be made on-line on the NOHA website (

Applications MUST include the following documents:

  1. Certified copy of Diploma (if not in English, please attach an official translation),
  2. Diploma Supplement or academic transcripts of records (if not in English, please attach an official translation),
  3. Curriculum Vitae (Europass model:,
  4. Photocopy of a valid passport (only the main pages),
  5. 2 reference letters (in English),
  6. a document stating that the diploma entitles to continue university-level study in country in which the diploma was issued (with the translation into language of instruction of undertaken studies) - if the information is included in diploma supplement there is no need to submit a separate document

Admission rules:

The NOHA Consortium undertakes a pre-selection procedure based on fulfilling formal requirements by the applicants (application completeness), and subsequently transfers to the University of Warsaw all applications which stated UW as a home university. The Interfaculty Admission Committee reviews all applications.

The candidates will be assessed by the Admissions Commission on the basis of:

  • Ÿ  academic qualifications (0-25p),
  • Ÿ  language skills (0-10p),
  • Ÿ  professional and research experience (0-10p),
  • Ÿ  motivation statement (0-5p).


In case of candidates applying for Erasmus Mundus scholarship there is another scoring system regulated by the European Commission.

The final result is the sum of points awarded for each criterion.

The studies are payable - tuition fees