The MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA) is a two-year master’s degree that offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of subjects including: conflict management and resolution, conflict transformation, humanitarianism, negotiation, mediation, state-building and reconstruction theories and practices from both regional and international perspectives. 

In addition to the DI academic staff, students will have the opportunity to engage with a number of distinguished scholars, policy makers and practitioners from the humanitarian world. Further, the course combines theory and practice in its structure, which includes a field trip, in-class lectures and seminars, and a substantive work placement. 

​These components produce an intense learning environment, which will ultimately enable the students to take that step from study to practice.


Program Structure: 

A-Core Courses (21 Credidt Hours): 

- CMHA001 Foundation Reading in Conflict and Humanitarian Studies 

  • - CMHA610 Understanding Conflict 

    - CMHA611 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Humanitarianism 

    - CMHA612 Examining Humanitarian Policy and Practice 

    - CMHA613 Conflict Transformation and Peace Processes 

    - CMHA614 Post-war Reconstruction and Development

    - CMHA615 Research Methods and Fieldwork Training 

    - CMHA616 Political Economy of Conflict 


     

B- Electives (9 Credit Hours): 

  • - CMHA 672 Independent Study: Work Placement 

    - CMHA 673 Applied Negotiation and Mediation Skills 

    - CMHA 674 State Fragility and State-building 



C- Thesis (6 Credit Hours): 

Completion of the CMHA program entails researching and writing a thesis on a relevant topic. The thesis is the opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and research capabilities acquired during the taught parts of the program.

Students will receive academic supervision, normally by a CHS faculty member, throughout the duration of researching and writing up of the thesis to ensure they are appropriately guided to produce the quality of work that meets international standards. In consultation with an academic supervisor, the student will choose a thesis topic and program of research by the end of the second semester of the first year of study. The thesis will normally be submitted by the end of the second semester of the second year of study.

The thesis examination consists of two parts; a marked assessment of the thesis (12,000-18,000 words) by two internal examiners, including the academic supervisor; and an oral defense in front of an examination panel comprising the same two examiners.

A maximum of 10 students from the CMHA program may be chosen to spend 6-8 weeks at one of the international universities collaborating with the CHS for the purposes of researching and writing their thesis.