University College Dublin / UCD

Founded in 1854

The NOHA Masters is delivered by UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA). It is a multidisciplinary research centre committed to enhancing the professional delivery of humanitarian action through internationally recognized collaborative research and educational programmes. UCD CHA is based in the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences. It links closely with other Schools and Institutes within UCD as well as with Irish Aid and international and Irish humanitarian NGOs to deliver high quality, multi-disciplinary education and research in humanitarian action. The MSc in Humanitarian Action (NOHA Masters) is one of the flagship educational programmes of the Centre. In addition to the Masters, the Centre also offers undergraduate elective modules, a Masters by Research and a PhD programme in Humanitarian Action.

UCD CHA is the National Secretariat for implementation of Ireland’s commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 and coordinator of the H2020-MSCA-RISE- Project entitled Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability (2016-2019). Some of the current research areas within the Centre are: Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability, Impact of NGO Intervention on Poverty Levels, Irish Innovation Hub for Humanitarian Action, Mapping of diaspora in Ireland for the purposes of enhancing Ireland’s overseas aid policy, Gender-based Violence, Supporting Grassroots Level Reconciliation and European Humanitarian Action Observatory. NOHA students can participate in on-going research and to network with UCD CHA partners during the Masters through internships.

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Courses

  • First semester

    The semester is composed of an inter-university joint course that brings together all NOHA students and a set of common courses which provide a space to debate the essentials of humanitarian action and its current trends.

    Intensive Programme
    UCD: Geopolitics
    UCD: International Humanitarian Law
    UCD: Public Health (Medicine)
    UCD: Management in the Humanitarian Context
    UCD: Social Anthropology
  • Second semester

    Thematic specialisation: Societies in Transition: Putting People at the Centre of Humanitarian Response
    The second semester focuses on competencies to work professionally in societies in transition. Transition is a multi-dimensional concept, which is increasingly being used by humanitarian stakeholders to describe the complex process or period of change in societies emerging from natural or political emergencies. The orientation semester comprises of compulsory and optional modules which are designed to give students the theoretical knowledge and transferable skills to appreciate the dynamics of transition context, design and manage contextualised transition interventions and research the transition situation for evidence-based action.
     
    UCD CHA brings together highly qualified academics and practitioners to engage and challenge students through quality teaching and incorporation of the best disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge. Classroom lectures and group discussions are complemented by a 3-day field trip to Northern Ireland and a day trip to the UN Military School in Ireland to help appreciate the challenges of societal reconstruction and civil-military coordination in transition contexts.

    Applied Research Design
    Putting Affected People at the Centre: Transition Issues and Strategies
    Sociology of Transition Societies
  • Third semester

    The university does not offer courses in the third semester. Students pursue a research track at one of the partner universities or a professional placement in a humanitarian organisation.
  • Fourth semester

    The semester aims to prepare students to select and analyse research material, confront new problems in their multifaceted dimensions, understand reality and elaborate innovative solutions.

Useful info

  • Studying in Dublin




    UCD is Ireland's Global University. It is the largest and most international university in Ireland with over 30,000 students of which over 6,000 are international (from 127 countries). By accepting your offer, you will join the UCD Global Community. Congratulations!

    Please note that Ireland is not member of the Schengen Area. For visa and immigration support, please see the link or contact the NOHA Coordinator at UCD.
  • Academic calendar

    Winter semester: 19.09.2016-25.01.2017
    Christmas vacation: 21.12.2016-04.01.2017
     
    Summer semester: 05.02.2017-15.06.2017
    Easter vacation13.03.2017-27.03.2017
  • Accommodation

    It is the responsibility of each individual student to arrange their accommodation during their studies in Dublin. The on-campus accommodation is quite competitive. More information on this can be found on the UCD Residences website or on that of the UCD International Office.
     
    ucdaccommodationpad.ie  is the official UCD student accommodation search engine. It lets students search for student houses, student homes, housing, flats and lodgings in Dublin and Ireland. University College Dublin offers the site in good faith and as a courtesy to both students and local landlords. It is a third party website and UCD bears no responsibility whatsoever for the content of it.
     
    The best rental site is daft.ie. On the site, first select 'South City' (for most of the following locations), you can then choose a specific area. The areas closest to the UCD campus (walking distance) are D4, D6, D14 and some parts of Co. Dublin.
     
    UCD Commuting provides detailed information about getting to UCD campus by bus, car, cycling, train, shuttle and tram. There is a shuttle bus service between UCD and Sydney Parade Dart Station that operates between the hours of 8am to 10am, and from 4pm to 6pm on weekdays. There is a charge of €1 per trip, payable to driver.  
  • Living costs

    It is expected that you will have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living costs.  Much depends on your own personal choices – therefore, allow some margin to cover this as well as having something kept aside for the unexpected things which always catch us out when we least expect it! The UCD International Office has developed a guide to help you calculate the costs for living expenses such as accommodation, food, textbooks and other basics. Lots of things can affect how much money you'll need, so these numbers are indicative only.

    Further, the below figures will change based on your accommodation type. For example if you are living on campus in a catered residence, you'll need less money for food, while if you're renting an apartment you'll need to put money aside for bills like electricity and internet. Some students undertake part-time work but it cannot be depended on to support yourself.
     
    Expense Approx. cost per month 
    ELECTRICITY/GAS/BINS (Public Utilities) €33
    FOOD (including lunches) €250
    TRAVEL (Monthly Short Hop ticket) €119
    BOOKS AND MATERIALS (incl. photocopying & printing) €71
    CLOTHES/MEDICAL €45
    MOBILE PHONE €20
    SOCIAL LIFE/MISCELLANEOUS €130
  • Language courses

    Students can study language courses in UCD through the Applied Language Centre. The Centre also offers English language support for academic purposes. Additionally there are Language Exchange programmes outside of UCD. 
  • Useful links

    For any queries about enrolment or registration, please contact the UCD Student Desk.
    For queries about the programme, please contact the School directly.
    Frequently asked questions for graduate students.

    Before you come to Ireland, we would recommend that you visit the UCD International website and review the UCD International Handbook.
     
    Scholarships and funding
    For more information on scholarships and funding visit the UCD Scholarships and Funding page
     
    Immigration Requirements
    Under immigration regulations, all non-EU/EEA students must be registered to a full-time programme.
     
    Do I need a visa?
    Citizens of certain countries require an entry visa for Ireland. Check to see which countries do not require a visa to enter Ireland.
    If you require an entry visa for Ireland you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for study visa applications here.
    Visa processing times vary greatly from country to country. Early application is advisable.
    Further information on visa requirements can be found here.
     
    Registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)
    All non-EU/EEA students must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau after they have registered with UCD and before the expiry date on their passport. Click here for further information on registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau.
     
    Living and working in Ireland
    Visit the International section of the UCD website for information about living and working in Ireland.
     
    All offers of admission are subject to UCD Terms and Conditions of Offer of Admission available
    at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/

Team

  • Dr Pat Gibbons NOHA General Assembly Representative
  • Dr Sulagna Maitra NOHA Director
  • Dr Ronan McDermott Research Scientist
  • Bianca Bondoc NOHA Coordinator
  • Desire Mpanje PhD Researcher
  • Dr Pat Gibbons NOHA General Assembly Representative
  • Dr Sulagna Maitra NOHA Director
  • Dr. Catherine Bragg Adjunct Professor
  • Dr Heike Spieker Dep. Director Int’l Services and Nat’l Relief Division
  • Dr Ronan McDermott Research Scientist
  • Dr. Vincent Durac Lecturer
  • Dr Kristina Roepstorff Visiting Professor
  • Rev. Dr Sahr Yambasu NOHA Lecturer
  • Niall Roche NOHA Lecturer
  • Desire Mpanje PhD Researcher

Contact

University College Dublin / UCD

Centre for Humanitarian Action
School of Agriculture & Food Science
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

+353 1 716 7608

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Last updated: 14 July 2017