Apply to take the LEAP

This page provides an overview of the application process, the entry criteria and explains the different study pathways available.

How to apply

How to apply

To apply for the LEAP programme in Humanitarian Practice, please complete the online postgraduate application form on The University of Manchester website.

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MSF Staff

Do you work for MSF?

For MSF staff, there is an internal application process. For information on how to apply and funding options available, please contact the MSF UK LEAP team.

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Entry Criteria

Academic qualifications

Applicants should hold an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent. Consideration may be given to those without this who have extensive (over three years) professional humanitarian training and experience.

Please visit the FAQ section for further information.

English language

A minimum overall grade of 7 in IELTS (6.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis) is required. Please follow this link for further information.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check the English language requirements on The University of Manchester website to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

For please visit the FAQ section for further information.

Work experience

This programme is designed for those currently working in the humanitarian sector or who have previous experience of humanitarian work.

The Programme Director will have the final say over who shall be admitted to the course.

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Study Pathways

The LEAP programme offers three awards: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science (MSc). Depending on your circumstances, you can choose to study part- or full-time.

Studying on a part-time basis, the full MSc programme can be completed over a period of up to five years. This allows you to study whilst continuing to work in the humanitarian sector.

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