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International Humanitarian Psychosocial Intervention MSc

International Humanitarian Psychosocial Intervention MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Studies Social Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

This ground-breaking MSc course offers online training for people working in humanitarian organisations, wherever they are in the world. This distance learning course is aimed at people who are currently, or hope to be, engaged in humanitarian work in any country and who want the skills and knowledge to offer psychosocial support. This involves helping people to maintain their positive psychological development in the face of challenges – often traumatic – being posed by their social environment. Once you have completed this course you will be able to support others within your organisation, whether or not you are part of an established human resources department. As well as ‘helping the helpers’, you will be equipped to offer direct psychosocial guidance to people who have suffered, or who continue to suffer, from the effects of a natural or man-made catastrophe such as famine, flood, epidemic or war.

This MSc course introduces you to different types of intervention and the skills to put them into practice. These include engagement, development of trust, facilitation, enabling and the identification of a process by which information can be accessed, shared and evaluated. You will learn how to consult with other members of your team, offering them appropriate psychosocial support and stress management strategies. You will also be given the skills to develop psychosocial support programmes within the organisation, perhaps through its HR department. The course includes key modules on how to offer mental support to beneficiaries outside the organisation – that is, people who have suffered directly from natural or man-made disasters. This course offers the possibility of earning intermediate academic awards in the form of a PG Diploma or a PG Certificate.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 2 years | Contact University

Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date

Contact University


GC7907: Psychological aspects of humanitarian intervention (30 Credits) - Core
GC7908: Assessing, Planning and Intervening during and after disaster and conflict (30 Credits) - Core
GC7906 Research 2 (30 Credits) - Core
GC7905 Research 1 (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee is £1,700 per 30 credit module. Tuition fees are subject to annual change.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee is £1,700 per 30 credit module. Tuition fees are subject to annual change.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 2.2 honours degree. They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more