UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


BSc Global Humanitarian Studies taster course

04 May 2022, 4:30 pm–6:30 pm

Students working on a case study exercise

Are you interested in working in the humanitarian sector, in a career that makes a real difference to people and communities around the world? Join the online UCL Global Humanitarian Studies BSc taster course and find out more about studying this degree in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) and where it might take you.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Sarah Jeal – UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

In this online event, we’ll give you an introduction to humanitarianism and explore some of the key issues in humanitarian studies, such as ethics, climate change, economics and international relations. You’ll work together in groups identifying risks, challenges and resolutions, as well as hearing about some of the positive impacts real organisations have on the ground.

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to meet our teaching staff and ask questions about the sector, the course and studying in the IRDR. You'll leave the session with a better understanding of humanitarianism and we'll provide you with our recommended resources to explore more after the event.

This taster day is aimed at anyone thinking about studying at university in September 2023 or beyond. Because of the breadth of the BSc programme, we welcome students from all academic backgrounds. We'll be happy to talk about how your current subjects translate to studying the degree at undergraduate level, and how you might develop your current interests through our modules.

How to book

Please use the booking link above. Applications are through the University of London taster days team, but if you have any queries about the taster course or the programme, please email IRDR-Comms@ucl.ac.uk. Because places are limited, we ask people to submit a short summary of why they would like to particpate. We prioritise applications from people who can show a genuine interest in humanitarianism or studying on this degree programme in particular.

About the Global Humanitarian Studies BSc

Unique in the UK, this multidisciplinary programme aims to educate and train future generations of humanitarian leaders in the theory and practice of humanitarian action.

As a student on this programme, you will learn about the political, historical and development context, but you will also gain an understanding of the emergence, impacts and response to humanitarian crises. The critical and analytical research skills you will acquire, grounded in practice, will equip you to anticipate evolving humanitarian threats and manage widening vulnerability and crisis response.

Find out more on our programme page.