Taught course

Migration Mobility and Development

SOAS University of London · Department of Development Studies

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in a relevant subject.

In addition to degree classification in a relevant subject we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development programme offers you the opportunity to combine study and analysis of critical perspectives on development and the increasingly important and related field of migration studies.

The programme focuses 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.

It draws on the expertise of our 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.


Provides tools for understanding major trends and current events influencing and shaping human mobility and analysing:

  • the political economy of migration from a historical perspective
  • major trends and debates in migration studies to help us understand migration as a political, social, and economic process.
  • different forms of and approaches to the study of refugees and displacement.

Addresses topics such as: migration, colonialism and race; forced migration, trafficking; integration and citizenship; diaspora and transnationalism; security; climate change and conflict; migration advocacy; and Borders

Why study MSc Migration, Mobility and Development at SOAS?

  • we are ranked second in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • SOAS is ranked in the top 5 universities in the UK for producing a CEO or Managing Director, according to new research
  • 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 specialised knowledge of particular case studies, as well as overall trends and theoretical frameworks
  • the department has a Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster
  • a rigorous academic programme, it will also give you the confidence to think in policy relevant terms and will be equally valuable to those proceeding to professional employment in the sector with international organisations, NGOs and government bodies, and for students intending to go on to carry out PhD research

Who should apply

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 research.The 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.

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, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 3510 6974