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MSc Global Migration

Migration is at the heart of this globalised world's debates on key national and international issues. Questions surrounding migrant and asylum seeker rights and citizenship, state security and border management, development in the global South, ageing populations in the West and globalisation of skilled labour markets, among other issues, are key to this planet's future and are examined in this course.

UCL researchers are actively engaged in debates on a broad range of migration topics, including:

  • 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
  • Ethnographic, visual and literary representations of migration and displacement

Our migration research has a strong international dimension, benefiting from extensive networks across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. As a student in this interdisciplinary Programme, you will benefit from this expertise.

The course combines policy with theoretical debates over migration.

It is perfect for you if you are interested in working with migrants and asylum seekers from around the world. You may be considering posts in

  • The UN, EU or national policy think tanks
  • Government research and policy departments
  • NGOs, community-based and grassroots organisations

Or you could be interested in pursuing a doctorate in the interdisciplinary field of migration studies.


  • Give you the advanced skills, methods, concepts and theories essential to the postgraduate study of global migration in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Help you apply these advanced methods, concepts and theories in both general and more specialised contexts relating to the processes, policies and politics of migration.
  • Introduce you to new and intellectually demanding areas of global migration.
  • Foster and develop your ability to think critically.
  • Develop your ability to carry out independent research.


    You can complete this Programme full time over one year or part-time over two years. You will take the following two core modules plus a compulsory methods module and choose from a further five optional modules.


    Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
    GEOG0082 Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods 15 credits

    Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration

    15 credits


    Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value

    Issues in Global Migration

    15 credits

    GEOG0102 MSc Global Migration Dissertation (Terms 2 and 3) 60 credits


    You will take an additional total of 75 credits from the range of optional modules available. Although it is common to select these from the option below, with the agreement of the programme convenor you may be able to substitute a module from another UCL course.

    Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
    GEOG0080 Public and Private Modernities 15 credits
    GEOG0129 Gender, Generation and Forced Migration 15 credits
    CMII0149 Movement, Bordering, Race-Making 15 credits
    SEES0089 Nations, Identity and Power 15 credits
    SEES0102 Migration and the European Union 15 credits
    SOCS0001 Critical Theoretical Debates about Global Childhoods and Society 30 credits


    Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
    GEOG0086 Advanced Geopolitics 15 credits
    GEOG0078 Geographies of Material Culture 15 credits
    GEOG0100 Postcolonial Cultural Geographies 15 credits
    GEOG0155 Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods (Part 2) - compulsory for research route students 15 credits
    GEOG0167 Migratory Activisms, Creative Citizenships 15 credits
    ANTH0195 Migration and Health 15 credits
    PUBL0023 Equality, Justice and Difference (subject to availability in Department of Political Science) 15 credits


    Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
    GEOG0155 Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods (Part 2) - compulsory for research route students 15 credits
    IEHC0070 Ethnicity, Migration and Health 15 credits

    **These are 3/4 courses shared between undergraduate and graduate students. No more than 25% credit of taught modules may come from such modules.

    The titles and availability of these courses are subject to change and their listing here is not a guarantee that they will be available each year.


    Most of the modules on this course are assessed through a range of coursework tasks. However, some may be marked via examination. The taught component assessment comprises 66.7% of the final mark for the degree.


    The research dissertation is a 12,000 word piece of work submitted in mid September. It counts for the remaining 33.3% of the overall assessment. For examples of recent dissertations by MSc Global Migration students see our Working Papers.

    Colleagues who contribute to core teaching on the programme include:

    Fees and scholarships information can be found on the main UCL website.


    Information on a number of graduate study funding sources can be found at UCL Funding. There are a several schemes available to support you throughout your degree. It is advisable to explore funding opportunities as early as possible.

    This is a short list of opportunities available to taught postgraduate students:

    The deadline for most of these awards is the start of March each year, though some awards requre up to 12 months’ notice.

    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 country of origin, who will have details of scholarship schemes and be able to provide information and advice on educational programmes and living in the UK.

    If there is no British Council Office, contact the nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.

    There is additional funding available from sources including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission. You need to contact these institutions directly.

    For more information about studying in the UK as an overseas student please contact the UCL International Office.


    How to apply

    To apply online, please visit UCL's Graduate Study Applications page.

    Entry requirements

    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.

    International applicants will need a Level 4 or equivalent recognised English language qualification. Visit the UCL Graduate pages for information on UCL’s English Language Requirements.

    For further information

    All admissions enquiries should be emailed to the Geography Office.


    The careers our graduates go on to are very diverse and, in the past, have included:

    • Social work
    • NGOs
    • Education
    • Public Administration
    • International bodies

    Take a look at our Careers page to see where some of our students have gone on to work.

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    International applicants will need a Level 4 or equivalent recognised English language qualification. Visit the UCL Graduate pages for information on UCL’s English Language Requirements.