MSc Migration Mobility and Development

Course Introduction

Overview

This innovative new programme in the Department of Development Studies offers students the opportunity to combine study and analysis of critical perspectives on development and the increasingly important and related field of migration studies.

The MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development will focus attention on the political economy of migration from a historical perspective, major trends in migration theories, and different forms of and approaches to the study of migration and displacement. The programme draws on the expertise of staff in development, migration and forced migration contexts from the Development Studies department, and encourages inter-disciplinary dialogue with other relevant departments and centres within SOAS.

The programme?s 20-week core modules will focus on the migration?development nexus, broadly conceived and defined. It will also expose students to a range of interlocking theoretical approaches which set out to account for constructions of and responses to migration and migrants, as well as to the scope and scale of migratory processes. Broadly, Term 1 provides analysis of the institutional, political, social and economic contexts where migration takes place and considers differentiated/mitigated effects. Term 2 builds on this to discuss types of migration via case study and other material, placing more emphasis on migrants? perspectives and how these are mitigated by ?contexts?.

The MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development will provide a thorough analytical grounding in international migration including different types of forced and voluntary migration, facilitating the development of specialized knowledge of particular case studies, as well as overall trends and theoretical frameworks. A rigorous academic programme, it will also give students the confidence to think in policy relevant terms and will be equally valuable to those proceeding to professional employment in the sector with international organizations, NGOs and government bodies, and for students intending to go on to carry out PhD research.

Who is this programme for?: The degree has been developed to meet the needs of people working, or hoping to work, in international agencies, humanitarian organisations, and NGOs and students intending to go on to carry out PhD e programme attracts applicants with a variety of academic and working backgrounds. We welcome those who have worked in the field of migration and / or development, but we also welcome applications from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in the major themes of the programme and a strong first degree, preferably in a social science.

Employment

MSc Migration, Mobility & Development students leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek. These include analytical skills, presentation skills, the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning, and knowing how to present materials and ideas effectively both orally and in writing. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate. Our alumni have gone on to work in a range of different organisations, including international development, humanitarian, social policy and human rights organisations; government immigration and international development departments and embassies; and private sector organisations. They work in different roles involving research, policy, communication and campaigns, casework, journalism, fundraising, administration and co-ordination.

Start Date

2020-SEP-28: We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.. 2020-SEP-28: We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.. 2020-SEP-28.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc £4,240 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc £7,250 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc £4,240 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,720 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £21,750 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,720 European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.
  • International entry requirements: We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references. Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening. TOEFL IBT - 100 overall with 23 in writing and speaking and 21 in reading and listening.
  • TOEFL score: 100