Taught course

Migration, Superdiversity and Policy

University of Birmingham · Institute of Applied Social Studies

Entry requirements

2.1 or higher in a related subject

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Migration, Superdiversity and Policy will explore the social, economic and political impacts of international migration and examine current, proposed and ideal approaches to welfare provision in the era of superdiversity. It will explore data to help map superdiverse populations and examine the rights and entitlements of migrants in different societies. Taking an applied approach, the programme will help studens to learn how to access data sources and undertake research in ways that can increase understanding of the nature of superdiversity and the needs of superdiverse communities.

Students studying for the Postgraduate Certificate must complete three compulsory (20 Credit) modules including the following 2 core modules:

  • Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice
  • Globalisation, Migration and Citizenship

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Applied Social Research
  • International Social Policy
  • Superdiversity/Migration related specialist project (40 credits)
  • A wide range of other modules from across the University of Birmingham

Students studying for the Postgraduate Diploma must complete the two core modules plus four optional modules, or two options plus the 40 credit Specialist Project in a migration related policy topic.

Masters students must complete the two core modules and four optional modules or two options and the 40 credit Specialist Project before moving on to undertake a 60 credit dissertation in the area of migration and superdiversity.

The MA Migration, Superdiversity and Policy will enable students to consider approaches to meeting the needs of diverse populations in equitable ways. Migration, Superdiversity and Policy is unique in bringing together theory and practice with cutting edge research and research methods to enable students to develop applied knowledge in a rapidly evolving field.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, presentations and participatory workshops.

Birmingham is a dynamic and superdiverse city which offers the ideal setting for the MA. The programme leaders, Lisa Goodson, Nando Sigona and Jenny Phillimore, are excellently placed to lead this initiative having many years of research and publication experience in migration related issues. They have managed over forty externally commissioned research projects in relation to migration, from a wide range of funders. They have advised EU and UK Governments on integration policyu and their work has contributed to the development of migration related social policy.

All participants will be supported by a personal tutor and will also be able to draw on the support of the Institute's Programme Director, Welfare Tutors and International Student Tutors.

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity is the world's first research centre to focus on superdiversity and is at the forefront of international research in this field. IRiS offers a unique opportunity for students to benefit from the programme of events and scholars from a wide range of disciplines engaged in research and policy work in migration and superdiversity.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
12 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005