New Postgraduate Certificate in Humanitarian Action

Monday, 25 July 2011


A new Postgraduate Certificate in Humanitarian Action and Conflict, the first of its kind in this field, is being introduced by Oxford Brookes University this September.

A new Postgraduate Certificate in Humanitarian Action and Conflict, the first of its kind in this field, is being introduced by Oxford Brookes University this September.

The programme, which will be delivered entirely online, will draw students from across the world. It is based on expertise from the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University, which has run courses in this area for 20 years and a key area of learning will centre on shared experience and discussion between practitioners.

To celebrate the launch of the new programme, scholarship funding is now available to partially cover tuition fees for a limited number of students. The programme is aimed at experienced humanitarian practitioners, whether currently working in the field or between missions, who wish to improve their understanding and competencies, develop new skills and reflect on practices. It also offers retraining in humanitarian action to professional workers in other related fields.

The postgraduate certificate consists of three modules: understanding conflict and conflict sensitivity; a culture-sensitive approach to humanitarian action and; humanitarian action and urban crises.

The course will be delivered by academics based at Oxford Brookes University with input from external experts and practitioners from a wide range of organisations across the world.

Teaching methods and learning strategies are grounded in both case studies and action research. No attendance on campus is required.

The programme is open to those with an undergraduate degree in any relevant discipline and substantial and proven professional experience in the field of humanitarian action or to those with no previous degree but extensive experience in humanitarian action or related fields. This includes civil servants or diplomats in charge of humanitarian affairs, academics teaching humanitarian practices and journalists or military personnel ready to be deployed in a field of operation where humanitarian actions are taking place.

For further information please visit the course link or contact the postgraduate administrator at humaC@brookes.ac.uk.