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Migration, Society and Policy MA

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Code
PGL405
Start
October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£7,800 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Alessio D'Angelo

Please note that this course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry.

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.

Why study MA Migration, Society and Policy at Middlesex University?

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, policy-making, 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:

  • Have the theoretical and methodological means to explore critically the different aspects of migration studies
  • Have in-depth knowledge of key social and policy issues around migration and asylum
  • Have a good understanding of relevant policy-making at local, national and international level
  • Have a portfolio of practical skills in policy analysis and social research
  • Have the tools to develop your own research into migration issues
  • Have the ability to apply research, policy and best practice principles to complex situations relevant to your own area of work or career aspirations.

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.

Programme Leader Dr Alessio D'Angelo, is also co-Director of 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.

Course Highlights

  • A chance to learn from experts in migration who have been involved in a range of national and international research projects on migration, including the ESRC-funded 'EVI-MED - Constructing an Evidence Base on Contemporary Mediterranean Migration
  • Opportunities of placements and internships with local, national and international NGOs and public sector organisations
  • The chance to carry out fieldwork and work experience across Europe, including in Italy, Spain, Belgium and Malta
  • The opportunity to take part in national and international events with leading academics and practitioners, including through IMISCOE.

What will you study on the MA Migration, Society and Policy?

Structure

Four core plus two optional modules are completed over terms one and two, with a Dissertation or Work Integrated Learning experience in term three.

Modules

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.

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.

  • Core modules

    • Migration, Theories and Approaches

      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.

    • Migration, Politics and Policies

      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.

    • Researching Migration

      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.

    • Contemporary Debates in Migration and Asylum

      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.

  • Plus one of the following:

    • Dissertation

      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.

    • Work Integrated Learning (60 Credits)

      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.

  • Plus two optional modules from the list below:

    • International Migration and the Law

      Develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the main international law instruments migration and their relationship with UK domestic laws.

    • EU Free Movement, Immigration and Asylum Law

      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.

    • Politics of Globalisation

      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.

    • Foreign Policy Analysis: Geopolitical Perspectives

      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.

    • Work Integrated Learning (20 Credits)

      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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MA Migration, Society and Policy support your career?

Completing this course will open up opportunities for your career development and progression in a wide range of professions, including:

  • NGOs, the public sector and the private sector as an officer, researcher or policy analyst
  • Public and community sector service provision, including advice and welfare
  • PhD/academic career
  • International and European organisations.

The programme includes two placement modules (see Course Content for further details) and you will be encouraged and supported in taking advantage of 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.

Dr Alessio D'Angelo
Programme Leader

Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences, Programme Leader Dr Alessio D'Angelo, is also co-Director of the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex. He has extensive experience in conducting and coordinating research on migration studies, ethnic diversity and inequalities. Recent projects include large grants from the European Commission and the ESRC as well as research commissioned by Local Authorities and social enterprises. Alessio is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, with particular expertise on social statistics, data mapping and data visualisation. And with a background as a freelance researcher and consultant, Alessio has worked with national and international public bodies, NGOs, migrant organisations and a number of international research networks and centres.

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