Diploma of Advanced Studies

programme description

The Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action is divided in:

  • A core curriculum covering the following topics:
    • History of humanitarianism
    • Legal framework of humanitarian action
    • Humanitarian politics
    • Values, ethics and moral problems
    • Vulnerability and Resilience
    • Dynamic of actors
    • Health in humanitarian emergencies
    • From emergency to development?
    • People management and humanitarian action
    • Anthropology and intercultural approach in humanitarian action
    • Communication and humanitarian action
    • Security and Safety of humanitarian action

The core curriculum takes place from September to December. It is mandatory for all students and is to be taken in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Three research method weeks mandatory for all students and to be taken in Geneva, during January
  • One research method week mandatory for all students and to be taken in Geneva, during January
  • Final paper 

programme summary

Location   Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)
Rue de Rothschild 22, Geneva, Switzerland
Duration   19 weeks, from September to January
Programme type   Full-time programme of 30 ECTS credits
Programme structure   1. Intensive coursework
2. Research work on a topic of humanitarian action chosen by the participant
Teaching methodology   – Lectures delivered by academics and experts
– Intercultural classroom settings
– Participatory programme
Teaching language   Teaching is conducted in English
Written exams and dissertations are accepted in English and French
Awarded degree   Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action, corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. Credits obtained are valid for a period of 5 years during which they can be used to complete the MAS.
Degree is jointly awarded by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Tuition fee   CHF 8,000.00
Participants   20 participants per year
Starting date  

Every year in September


For all details, please see Admission