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Master's Degree in Health Humanitarian Action (M161)

Master in collaboration with Doctors of the World

Master's webpage

Information leaflet

Participating Universities

University of Alcalá

Organising Centre, Department or Institute

University of Alcalá.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Medical humanitarian organisation "DOCTORS OF THE WORLD (MdM)".
Other External Collaborating Entities that participate: AMREF, Red Cross, FARMAMUNDI, OXFAM, Medicus Mundi, MSF.

Teaching centre(s)

University of Alcalá
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Year Course Started

2017-18 (RD 1393/2007)



Official Duration

One and a half academic years full-time

Minimum number of ECTS by type of registration and course

60 ECTS credits for full-time students, 30 ECTS part-time students.

Type of teaching

Hybrid course: face-to-face classes along with online learning


Spanish and English

Professional qualification

This is not a degree title qualifying with ministerial approval for the exercise of regulated professional activities.




Consuelo Giménez Pardo
University Professor

Jose Félix Hoyo
Doctors of the World


Quality Coordination
Dra. Consuelo Giménez Pardo

Academic Committee

Consuelo Giménez Pardo ((Directora del Master, UAH)
José Félix del Hoyo ((Director del Master, MdM)
Margarita Vallejo (Vicerrectora de Estudios de Posgrado, UAH)
Lourdes Lledó (Decana de la Facultad de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, UAH)
Elena Urdaneta (Directora General de Médicos del Mundo (MdM)
Zineb Filali (representante de estudiantes)
Francisca Ibarro Rodríguez (representante del PAS)



Academics Issues:
Dra. Consuelo Giménez Pardo

Administrative Issues:

Goals and competencies

The goals of this Master's degree are in line with the stipulates of the Spanish Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (MECES) and ensure the achievement of the basic competencies required to obtain a master's degree, following article 3.3, Appendix I of R.D. 1393/2007.

Fulfilment of the goals means students have achieved competencies that must be consistent with the fundamental rights of equality between men and women, with the principles of equal opportunities and of universal accessibility for the disabled, and with the values proper to a democratic and peace-loving culture.

Number of places for new students

Total places available: 30

A minimum of 20 students are required to teach the Master programme.

Reserved places: 5% for students with a certified disability of 33% or more.

Specific admission conditions

Entry profile:
Students graduated in the area of Health Sciences (preferably from the following degrees: Medicine, Nursery, Physiotherapy, Health Biology and Pharmacy).

Advanced knowledge of English, at least in reading and writing, is very important. Those interested should have a strong humanitarian vocation.

Selection criteria:

Application of a weighted scoring scale, which will assess:

1. Curriculum vitae of humanitarian action or social volunteering in governmental, intergovernmental and/or non-governmental organisations and institutions, as well as personal motivation: up to 4 points.

2. Title degree, taking into consideration average mark and ending year: up to 3 points

3. Previous experience and other achievements (written works, courses, seminars and/or seminars related to the Master's profile): up to 2 points

4. Knowledege of languages: up to 1 point

  • Official certificate of Level B1 (minimum) (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In case the student does not own an official language certificate, there will be a test consisting of a translation and a text analysis of a scientific text in English.

Subjects, academic staff, competences, teaching guides and final project regulations

For Master's Dissertations to be defended from the academic year 2019-20 onwards, it has been established that, along with the Master's Dissertation, the student must submit to the director the summarized report (% of coincidence) given through Turnitin application, once the director has opened the application to obtain the aforementioned report (Approved by the Official Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies Committee, on its regular session dated 24th September 2019).


Collaboration agreements and programmes





Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Scientific-Technological Campus
Carretera Madrid-Barcelona, Km. 33,6

Material resources

Installations, services and plans
(Computer rooms, bibliographic resources, libraries, study rooms...):

Material resources available to course participants

External Practicums

Spanish Registry of Universities, Centres and Qualifications registration

Course implementation

Quality guarantee system

Quality committee

Magarita Vallejo (Vice President for Postgraduate Studies)

Lourdes Lledó García (Dean)

Consuelo Giménez Pardo (Master's Director)

Jose Felix Hoyo (Master's Director)

Elena Urdaneta (Doctors of the World General Coordinator)

Manuel Rodríguez Zapata (PDI)

Zineb Filali (Student)

Francisca Ibarro Rodríguez (PAS)

Complaints and Suggestions