Taught course

Migration and Diaspora Studies

Institution
SOAS University of London · Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is a broad-based degree for students who want to receive research training in Migration, and Diaspora, as well as Humanitarian and Refugee Studies, including a relevant language as part of the specialization. The degree will prepare students to proceed to advanced postgraduate research or to work s practitioners in fields related to Migration, Refugees and Humanitarian relief.

This MA is designed to appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds who:

  • Wish to know more of the transnational nature of the modern world;
  • Wish to engage with critical theories to understand the management of mobility and the impact of humanitarian relief;
  • Wish to understand the role of migration in the major political and cultural processes of the contemporary world;
  • Come from other disciplines, such as Law or Politics, and now wish to incorporate an anthropological perspective on issues of migration and diaspora.

The degree offers students a chance to pursue specialist interests by a considered selection of courses to suit their individual needs. It provides:

  1. A broad-based MA for students who wish to enhance their knowledge in light of continuing contemporary research;
  2. A special interest MA, enabling students to study diaspora and migration issues in depth in relation to a particular discipline or region.

The programme attracts students from around the world. It encourages a transdisciplinary approach to issues of migration and diaspora, providing historical depth as well as perspectives from anthropology, politics, sociology, and de-colonial studies. The programme also works closely with a number of departments across the school, such as Development Studies, the Centre for Gender Studies as well as Law and Politics, which also run migration and diaspora related courses. Most of these courses are available as options on the programme, making it a unique MA in terms of both its breadth and depth. The program seeks to facilitate a bridge between academia and work realities including advocacy, relief, arts and culture, as well as activism on the ground.

In the recent past, our students have been highly successful in going on to further study and a number have received scholarships for research degrees at SOAS and elsewhere. Many have also gone on to work with NGOs and in the public sector as well as arts organizations. We have a good staff-student ratio, which ensure the best support for personal academic development and training which enhances future career prospects.

The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is considerably enriched by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, which runs seminars, films and public lectures and also hosts a number of international scholars. The Centre is also a part of a migration research network of London colleges including LSE and UCL. Students on the programme therefore have unparalleled access to a critical body of scholars and scholarship on migration and diaspora related issues.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Programme Convenor, Dr Ruba Salih, at an early stage of their application to seek advice on the most appropriate options for study. The programme consists of four elements, three examined courses and a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic.

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
study@soas.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7898 4700