UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Introduction to Humanitarian Studies online taster session

13 November 2023, 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? Come along to the UCL Introduction to Humanitarian Studies online taster and find out more about studying this subject at university and the careers it might prepare you for.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Sarah Jeal – UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

In this practical online session, we’ll introduce some of the key issues in humanitarian studies, such as ethics, the impact of climate change and international relations, and encourage you to discuss them in groups. You’ll work together on some of the practical aspects of humanitarian work in the field, as well as hearing about some of the positive impacts real organisations have on the ground. We’ll also tell you a bit about our Global Humanitarian Studies BSc programme, and careers in the sector.

The session is led by a member of our team with practical humanitarian experience, and by current students on our BSc degree. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask them about the subject, the sector and studying humanitarianism in the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR).

This taster session is aimed at anyone thinking about studying at university in September 2024 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.