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As part of the Master - Humanitarian Action and Law in Aix-en-Provence, we welcome a small number of students who register directly for the joint NOHA Master.

These students follow a first semester in Aix-en-Provence before continuing their training in one of the partner universities.

They also have access to a series of thematic training courses.

In the second semester, the Faculty of Aix-en-Provence welcomes other students of the NOHA joint Master from other universities, who come to complete their training.

The NOHA Master brochure is available here.

Website of NOHA Network

With a record number of people around the world affected by conflicts and disasters, humanitarian action is a highly relevant, dynamic and demanding field. NOHA was born from the idea that higher education institutions and academia have an essential role to play in the humanitarian sector by offering international, multidisciplinary education, training and research. 


Over the past 20 years, the NOHA network has expanded and now comprises universities from 12 European as well as 5 global partner universities on different continents. 


The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competences for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action.

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Home Universities


The home institution is the university in which you will be enrolled, and where you will spend the first and fourth semesters. The core course and research and work placement take place during these semesters.

The host institution is the university in which students spend their second semester. The orientation course takes place during the second semester. Each NOHA university has a specific specialisation which are detailed on their pages (see delivering universities above). 

  • Aix-Marseille Université / AMU

  • University of Malta / UoM

  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / RUG

  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum / RUB

  • Universidad de Deusto / UD

  • University College Dublin / UCD

  • Uniwersytet Warszawski / UW

  • Uppsala universitet / UU

  • Vilniaus universitetas / VU

Third semester

There are two options, either staying in a partner university or working in an NGO.


Host universities third semester 


Partner orgnizations for the third semester

Find the partner organizations here.



The NOHA+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action is designed for people working or intending to work in the field of humanitarian action


One of the most unique elements of the programme, Mobility, is central to the NOHA experience. Students study at different universities and benefit from rich cultural interaction and exchange of ideas and languages. It is an integral part of the NOHA teaching-learning process.


After the completion of the NOHA Joint Master's course, graduates will have acquired the following learning competencies:





Admission criterias


Candidates are chosen on the basis of the quality of their education and professional background, their experience in and concern for humanitarian issues, their multicultural sensitivity and their linguistic abilities.

Admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following entry requirements and common minimum eligibility criteria:

  • All applicants must follow the joint application procedure as established by the NOHA+ consortium.

  • Completed application (online application form and all requested documents) is submitted through the online application system by the established deadline.

  • Candidates must have obtained, as a minimum, a university first cycle degree (Bachelor, EQF level 6) in a discipline of relevance to humanitarian action (medical sciences, foods sciences, economics and management, engineering, law, social sciences, education sciences, humanities).

  • Candidates are required to have a recognised qualification in the language(s) of instruction of the universities they plan to attend - English is the language of instruction in all universities during all semester except for Aix-Marseilles (French - 1st & 2nd Semester) and Deusto (Spanish - 1st semester only).

    • English:

      • TOEFL IBT (internet-based): minimum score of 93 with a minimum of 24 (scale 0–30) in the written test.

      • IELTS: minimum overall score 6.5, with no component under 6.0.

      • CAE or CPE: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), C1 or Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE), C2

      • Candidates are not required to take a test in the following circumstances:

        • native speakers of English from English-speaking countries (i.e.where English is one of the official languages);

        • the language of instruction during your entire BA programme was English - In this case, the language of instruction must be clearly stated on your diploma/transcripts. Alternatively, you can submit a letter from the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office, or the equivalent office that issues official documents of records at your university.


  • Spanish: 

    • B2 certificate (according to CEFR).


  • French: 

    • C1 certificate (according to CEFR). 

Candidates are chosen on the basis of the following selection criteria:

  • type and level of academic qualifications,

  • type and level of research experience,

  • type and level of professional experience, such as practical experience in the area of humanitarian action in governmental, inter-governmental and/or non-governmental organisations and institutions,

  • motivation and concern for humanitarian issues,

  • multicultural sensitivity,

  • level of linguistic abilities,

  • recommendations,

  • results of interviews (if applicable),

  • nationality and gender balance.

Application procedure

All applications must be made online through the on-line NOHA Application Form HERE



The timeline differs for those applying for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and those applying as a self-financing student. 


Applications for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship:

1 October, 2020: Opening of the call for all applications to the programme and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the 2021-2023 cohort.

15 December, 2020, 23.59pm GMT: Deadline for Erasmus Mundus scholarship applications


Self-funding applications:

1 October, 2020: Opening of the call for all applications to the programme and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the 2021-2023 cohort.

15 April, 2021: Central application deadline for all ordinary candidates.

July, 2021: Selected and non-selected self-funding candidates will receive official joint notification. However, most universities will contact their selected candidates beforehand.


Self-funding applicants

Each university evaluates the applications of self-funding applicants that have applied to the university as their first choice home university. The university selects their own candidates based upon their own national criteria and procedures. The Master Secretariat compiles a joint network student list which is adopted by all universities to clarify mobility paths


Final results of successful and unsuccessful candidates can only be released in July 2021, although most universities will contact their selected students beforehand

Participation costs


Participation costs: 12,000 € for the entire 2-year (4 semesters) programme. The fee can be paid either in full or in instalments, as described in the supporting payment documents distributed at the admission stage.


The participation costs are defined as all costs related to and including tuition fees, library and laboratory costs, and any other mandatory cost related to the students' participation in the Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action for the standard duration of the degree programme, including support in administrative and organisational issues by the consortium partners, costs for enrolment at the consortium partner’s institutions, all examinations and issuing the final diploma.


Student participation costs do not cover accommodation, subsistence, travel to and from partner universities and travel documents (visa, passport) included within the framework of the mobility programme and any costs beyond the standard duration of the degree programme.



More details on : 


Coordination's contact at Aix-Marseille University 


Dr Rossitza Barakova

+33 44 217 2591


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