MSc Global Migration
Migration in today’s globalised world stands at the heart of key national and international debates: over migrants’ and asylum seekers’ rights and citizenship, state security and border management, development in the global South, ageing populations in the West, the globalization of skilled labour markets and other issues.
UCL researchers are actively engaged with debates on a broad range of migration topics, from the latest developments in domestic, European and international law, analyses of state and global migration regimes, intersections between migration, health and disease, explorations of identities and cultural change, to ethnographic, visual and literary representations of migration and displacement. Migration research at UCL has a strong international dimension, benefiting from extensive networks across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Students on the Global Migration MSc benefit from this expertise with a programme that is interdisciplinary in scope.
The course combines policy and theoretical debates over migration. It is aimed at students who wish to work with migrants and asylum seekers in different parts of the world, who aspire to posts in UN, EU, national policy think-tanks, government research and policy departments, NGOs, community-based and grassroots organizations, and at students wishing to pursue doctorates in the interdisciplinary field of migration studies.
- to equip suitably qualified students with the advanced skills, methods, concepts and theories essential for the study of Global Migration in an interdisciplinary context at postgraduate level;
- to give students the opportunity to apply these advanced methods, concepts and theories in both general and more specialised contexts relating to the processes, policies and politics of migration;
- to introduce students to new and intellectually demanding areas of Global Migration;
- to foster and develop students’ ability to think critically;
- to foster students’ ability to carry out independent research.
Students take the following 2 core courses plus a compulsory methods course and choose from a further 5 options chosen from a wide range.
This core course introduces key theoretical concepts. It provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of migration studies, with lectures discussing:
- Migration flows and processes (including economic, demographic and ethnographic approaches)
- State policy, legal and institutional frameworks (including approaches to the law, policy and its evasion)
- Culture and identity (including approaches to integration, transnationalism and diaspora)
Core course 2: GEOGG202 Issues in Global Migration
This core course introduces topical issues in migration studies, of global scope. The course content is flexible to reflect shifting contemporary concerns. It may include topics such as: remittances and diaspora engagement, home town associations, migration and sexual health, reproduction and fertility, trafficking and smuggling, detention and deportation, global care chains, religious transnationalism, debates over multiculturalism, integration and the representation of migrants, race and ethnicity. The range of topics will be chosen to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the MSc programme, and will complement and extend the approaches course, allowing key concepts to be applied to issues of current controversy.
Compulsory Methods Course: GEOGG040A Social Sciences Part 1
Optional modules totalling 75 credit units to be taken from the following list [this is an indicative list and some courses may not be available each year]*
All 15 credits unless otherwise stated.
GEOGG040B Social Science Methods Part Two - compulsory for research route students.
GEOGG004 Thinking Space
GEOGG080 Issues in Globalisation
GEOGG081 Approaches to Globalisation
GEOGG089 Globalisation and Security
GEOGG204 Historical Geography of the African Diaspora in Britain **
URBNG004 Asian Cities in a Globalising South**
- ANTHGE03 Population and Development
- ANTHGS16 Anthropology of Nationalism, Ethnicity and Race
- ANTHGE06 Anthropology and Development
- ECONG037 Economics of Migration (economics prerequisites)
- LAWSG122 International and European refugee law
- LAWSG068 Comparative Human Rights Law (30 credits)
- LAWSG030 International Human Rights Law (30 credits)
- LAWSG152 Human Rights in Europe (30 credits)
- CIHDG038 Conflict, Migration and Human Rights**
- EPIDGS21 Ethnicity, Migration and Health
- PUBLG033 Equality, Justice and Difference
- PUBLG007 Global Justice and Human Rights in an International Order
- SEESGS57 Nation, identity and power in Central and Eastern Europe
- SEESGS49 Ethno-political conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
- SEESGR26 Nabokov and Emigree Literature
- HISTG053 Continental connections – Britain and Europe in the C18th (part 1 and 2, 30 credit units)
- HISTG045 Thinking postcolonially – Britain and Europe in the C19th (part 1 and 2, 30 credit units)
- HISTG059 Slavery, abolition and British metropolitan society 1750-1870 (part 1 and 2, 30 credit units)
- SPANG018 Border Narratives in Latin America
* titles and options may change
**these are 3/4 courses shared bu undergraduate and graduate students. Such courses may not make up more than 25% of the taught modules chosen.
Most taught modules are assessed through a varied range of coursework tasks, although a few option courses may be assessed by examination.
Assessment of the taught component of the course comprises 60% of the overall final degree.
The research dissertation (of up to 15,000 words), submitted in mid September, counts for 40% of the overall assessment. For examples of recent dissertations by Global Migration MSc students, please click here.
The MSc in Global Migration draws on the recognised international expertise at UCL in the field of migration. UCL has two established research units, the Migration Research Unit (MRU) within the Department of Geography, and the Centre for Research on Economic Analysis of Migration (CREAM) within the Department of Economics. Cutting edge research on migration also takes place across UCL including work on African diasporas in the Equiano Centre (Geography), on migration within the (Institute of the Americas) and historical research at the Centre for Transnational History.
The programme for the Msc in Global Migration is interdisciplinary in scope, and offers the best of migration teaching and dissertation supervision from across UCL Faculties. The departments involved include: Geography, Anthropology, Laws, Economics, SSEES, Development Planning, Public Policy, Institute of Child Health, Institute of the Americas, European Institute and others. This range makes the programme unique among migration studies programmes.
Students on the MSc in Global Migration benefit from a vibrant network of migration activities both across UCL and beyond through UCL’s co-leadership of the London Migration Research Group seminar series. There are also many other migration networks in London offering opportunities for volunteering and participation.
Fees and Applications
Fees information is at www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money/2013-2014_fees/2013-14_postgrad_taught
Full information on a variety of sources of funding for graduate study can be obtained via the.
There are a number of funding schemes available to support you for the duration of the MSc. Applicants are advised to explore funding opportunities as early as possible. This is a short ad general list of funding opportunities available to taught postgraduate students; for other opportunities you might like to visit.
UCL information about tuition fees: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/fees-funding
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UCL Graduate Scholarships and Awards: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships
ESRC funding at UCL: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/researchcouncils/ the 1+3 scheme, but please contact JoAnn McGregor directly if you are applying for this: )
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Programme
Offers approximately 1,000 scholarships to overseas students undertaking taught postgraduate study or research at a UK Higher Education Institution:
Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan (CSFP)
Available to prospective postgraduate students from Commonwealth countries:
Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme
For students from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Russia: http://www.fordfoundation.org/grants/individuals-seeking-fellowships
Marshall Scholarships - Marshall Commission
Taught postgraduate funding for US citizens:
Fulbright Traditional Postgraduate Student Awards
US-UK Fulbright Commission
Provides awards to US citizens to fund the first year of a masters or doctoral degree or to pursue research at an educational institution within the UK.
Thomas Wall Trust
For UK nationals only. The Trustees support both full-time and part-time courses and will look favourable at part-time courses which allow the applicant to continue with paid employment to help meet the costs.
The deadline for most of these awards is the start of March each year, though for some awards as much as 12 months notice is required. Please follow links for further details.
You are also strongly encouraged to contact your own Ministry of Education or Education Department, who will have details of most funding schemes and who will be able to advise you of your own government's conditions for studying abroad. You should also contact the nearest British Council office in your own country, who will have details of scholarship schemes and provide information and advice on educational programmes and living in the UK. If there is no British Council office, then contact the nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. There is additionally funding available from sources such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission, whom you should contact directly. For further information on studying in the UK as an overseas student please contact the.
The programme can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.
Potential applicants are expected to have a first or upper-second class Honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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How to apply
To apply online, request a Graduate Application Pack or download the application materials from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application.
For further information
Academic enquiries to: Dr Claire Dwyer –
Admissions enquiries to: Ms Fiona Mannion –
Programme staff are from the departments of: Geography, Anthropology, Economics, Laws, Development Planning Unit (DPU), School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES) Institute of Child Health, History, Spanish and Latin American Studies.
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