"Too often mainstream migration debates – and the policies which follow them – are not informed by the facts. There is an increasing need of professionals, researchers, public sector and NGO officers who can work on the basis of real evidence and a deep-understanding of the policy and social implications of migration."Dr Alessio D'Angelo, Programme Leader
With migration regularly at the top of the European and global agenda, the need for skilled professionals who can make sense of the raw data, grasp complex policy systems and assess their impact on contemporary societies is more apparent than ever.
This master's degree offers a contemporary and interdisciplinary focus on migration and related socio-political and policy issues, combining theoretical, methodological and practice-oriented training relevant to a number of career routes in academia, policymaking, the public sector, the community sector and NGOs.
It features a wide range of study options from disciplines such as law, politics and sociology, as well as incorporating opportunities to undertake field trips, placements and internships, both locally and internationally.
Upon completion of the programme, you will:
Based in the School of Law, this programme benefits from the contribution of internationally renowned experts on migration, asylum and ethnic diversity, who operate within prominent European and global networks of researchers and practitioners. Middlesex University has an outstanding reputation in conducting local, national and international research in this area, using interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. Many of our academics work as consultants and advisors for international organisations, community groups and the public and private sector, as well as contributing to the academic debate with cutting-edge publications and regular events.
The teaching team of this programme includes Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship Elenore Kofman, Associate Professor of Sociology Dr Anastasia Christou, Senior Lecturer in Gender and Migration Dr Elena Vacchelli, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology Dr Nicola Montagna and Professor of International Politics Brad Blitz, alongside Programme Leader Dr Alessio D'Angelo, who is based in the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex.
Through its research and consultancy work, the SPRC has built up a network of contacts with local, national and international bodies, including the International Organization for Migration and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In addition, the School of Law is a member of IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion), the largest European network of researchers on migration and integration. These diverse networks help us to place students on career-boosting internships and work placements.
Four core plus two optional modules are completed over terms one and two, with a Dissertation or Work Integrated Learning experience in term three.
Each module is typically worth 20 credits, except the Dissertation and Work Integrated Learning modules which are worth 60 credits each. Work Integrated Learning may be chosen to replace the Dissertation with prior agreement and it is also available as a 20-credit optional module.
This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the historical and contemporary geopolitics and globalisation of migration and the theories, approaches and classification used to explain these processes in the 21st century (including issues of transnationalism and social divisions such as gender, class and race). The module is assessed through an essay on a major theoretical approach.
This module looks at the relationship between migration, politics and policies from a comparative and European perspective. It includes an examination of migration regulations and management, anti-immigration politics, conflicts over welfare and resources, migrants participation and organisation. The module is assessed through an essay addressing a range of thematic questions.
This module aims to give students an overview of a range of methods commonly used in conducting research on migration and asylum, and migrant and minority populations. This will include qualitative data collection and analysis, quantitative methods, survey design, and project and programme evaluation. As part of the assessment, students are required to submit a report on a research exercise undertaken independently.
This innovative module engages with the latest debates and developments in international migration and asylum and is delivered through a seminar series with contributors including Middlesex University academics and international and UK-based external speakers (both academics and practitioners from NGOs, media, the public sector). Students will be discussants for the seminars and will need to submit an essay building on this experience as part of the module assessment.
The Dissertation module is taught in term two, and assessed by a 15,000-18,000 dissertation. Students demonstrate expert-level knowledge and advanced- research skills by writing a dissertation paper, supported by a supervisor, on a topic proposed by the student and approved by the module leader.
The module aims to enable students to apply knowledge and skills in a selected workplace experience of 44 days. The workplace experience may be undertaken as an internship negotiated by the student or in their current workplace or an existing voluntary role. By selecting a topic of interest grounded in the workplace experience the student will demonstrate reflexivity, self-regulation and self-assessment in their journey towards personal and professional development. Each year students will be offered a range of placement opportunities in national and international NGOs, migrant organisations and the public sector, building on the networks of the programme team,
Develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the main international law instruments migration and their relationship with UK domestic laws.
Acquire detailed and wide-ranging knowledge of EU laws on free movement of persons, immigration, asylum and border management, and learn how these laws are implemented in practice.
This module considers the implications for International Relations of forces of globalisation, both economic and cultural. It analyses the rise of international organisations, transnational politics and issues of global importance, and explores the theoretical debate surrounding these.
The aim of this module is to analyse foreign policy practices as crucial sites of political agency and choice in the contemporary geopolitics of international relations. This course will draw on the advanced classical and critical theories of international relations and geopolitical perspectives applied to the study of the foreign policy traditions, strategies and practices of the key actors and cases in global politics. The module is designed to encourage and qualify an international group of postgraduate students who may wish to further their specialised study of foreign policy analysis and or employment in fields related to governance, business, politics and diplomacy. The overall aim of this module is to create a multidisciplinary, multicultural learning environment that is reflected on the teaching practice and research of the module leader and receptive to the diverse needs and views of students.
The module aims to enable students to apply knowledge and skills in a selected workplace experience of 15 days. The workplace experience may be undertaken as an internship negotiated by the student or in their current workplace or an existing voluntary role. By selecting a topic of interest grounded in the workplace experience the student will demonstrate reflexivity, self-regulation and self-assessment in their journey towards personal and professional development. Each year students will be offered a range of placement opportunities in national and international NGOs, migrant organisations and the public sector, building on the networks of the programme team.
Not all of the optional modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
Completing this course will open up opportunities for career development in a wide range of professions, including:
The programme includes two placement modules (see Course Content) and students are encouraged to take either one of these. Placement opportunities include national and international NGOs, migrant organisations and the public sector. This element builds on the strong international network of the teaching team, with established partnerships with several local, national and European organisations and key academic partnerships with academic institutions across the world. It's an excellent opportunity to develop key employability skills and start building your professional network.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MA/PG Dip/PG Cert Migration, Society and Policy
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full master's or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate.
Full-time students: £7,500
Part-time per taught credit: £50
Part-time per dissertation: £25
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide