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4 Master Programs on Refugee and Migration Studies


MA Migrations Studies
The University of Sussex in Brighton, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts in Migration Studies for individuals presently employed in a position that provides services and support for refugees or who hold a bachelor’s degree. Able to be completed as a 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time course of study, the program includes courses in migration law, diversity, social change, identity rights, development and social issues related to migration. Class performances are evaluated through term papers and exams. All students also complete a formal case analysis and write a 10,000-word dissertation as a part of the Master of Arts program.

MA Refugee Studies
The School of Social Sciences at the University of East London offers a Master of Arts degree in Refugee Studies with classes held at their campus in London, United Kingdom. Part and full-time versions of the program are offered to provide flexibility for students. The program includes a dissertation and coursework that examines the economic, cultural, political, social and environmental aspects of forced migration. Typically, students must have a bachelor’s degree in a related area to be considered for admission; however, individuals with significant work experience providing services to refugees may be admitted on a case by case basis. Fluency in English is required.

Also offered through the School of Social Sciences at the University of East London, the Master of Science in Refugee Studies and Community Development is a program for those interested in work that involves helping refugees become acclimated to new environments. Building on the refugee population of East London as a frame of reference, the program examines the legal, political, cultural, social and psychosocial elements of refugee communities. All students take a series of modules and complete a dissertation as a part of the program. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is usually required, but applicants with a strong history of work experience may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.

MSc Refugee Studies
The School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University in London, UK, offers a Master of Science degree in Refugee Studies and accepts students with bachelor’s degrees in relevant fields. As a multidisciplinary program, the curriculum includes coursework in many different fields, including international law, public policy, sociology, development, anthropology, finance and psychology. A course in research methods is required, and all students must write a dissertation based on their own body of research in an area of interest. Students may opt to complete the program at an accelerated full-time pace within 13 months, at a traditional full-time pace within 16 months or part-time within 28 months.

MA Refugee Care
The Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex in Colchester, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Refugee Care. The program can be completed with 1 year of full-time study. Students split their time between the university’s campuses in London and Colchester and have the option to stay on to complete a doctoral degree in the field upon completion. Focused mainly on the psychological welfare of refugees, the program provides a strong background for students who wish to provide counseling or social services to refugee populations. Admission to the program usually requires a bachelor’s degree; however, work experience may be an acceptable substitute, depending on individual credentials.

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