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

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

Our core course reflects the department’s diverse disciplinary and epistemological concerns, and approaches the study of migration and development through political economy, decolonial, postcolonial, and institutionalist perspectives, drawing from debates in Sociology, Geography, Politics and Anthropology. It engages with policy-making processes and strives to conceive innovative avenues for political intervention.


The programme provides critical tools for understanding our contemporary world through the prism of migration. It seeks to create a series of analytical challenges associated with the study of migration and development; confront us with different epistemological perspectives for resolving such challenges; critically engage and reframe traditional approaches to ‘migration policy’; force us to take a stand on contemporary issues pertaining to the themes of this programme.

The core course addresses topics such as: the political economy of migration; colonialism, coloniality and race; trafficking; integration and citizenship; diaspora, transnationalism and autonomy of migration; security; climate change and conflict; migration advocacy; and borders.

The programme draws on the expertise of our staff in development, migration and forced migration contexts, and encourages inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue with other relevant departments and centres within SOAS.

You will also have opportunities to take work placements as part of your degree, and we offer internships in the department and via external organisations. This year MSc students were offered placements in the International Organisation for Migration, the London International Development Centre and international NGOs.

Why study at SOAS?

  • We are ranked 3rd in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings 2024)
  • Get a placement in a partner organisation working in international development with our International Development Placement module - (virtual delivery)

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