Taught course

Global Migrations and Social Justice

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities subject (e.g. sociology, anthropology, politics, law, history).

If you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme convener to discuss.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers as a volunteer, professional or researcher, or are you contemplating doing so? This Masters programme will introduce you to the study of global migration, including migration processes and the social, political and economic consequences of migration. Unique in Scotland, it addresses questions such as who moves and why, who is allowed to settle and where, what are the roles of states, institutions and civil societies in these processes. We look at migration from a social justice perspective, and the MSc offers an opportunity to critically engage with issues of inequality, power, citizenship, human rights, welfare and solidarity.


The programme is taught within the department of Sociology by staff with a background in Sociology and the related disciplines of Anthropology, Criminology, Human Geography and Politics.

Sociology at Glasgow was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recent Times & Sunday Times subject league tables.

The MSc combines social theory with research methods and tools and enables students to develop applied knowledge in the field.

The Masters draws on a wealth of staff expertise on migration that covers a broad thematic and geographical spectrum.

We have strong links with the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet). Founded in 2010, GRAMnet is an internationally recognised research network based at the University of Glasgow that brings together researchers and practitioners, NGOs and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland and beyond.

The programme brings together cutting-edge academic research on migration with an emphasis on social justice and learning from non-academic work in this area. We have strong links with voluntary and public sector organisations in Scotland and beyond through GRAMNet as well as through staff and alumni’s professional links.

We offer innovative learning and teaching approaches, including in and out of classroom learning, physically and virtually, along with assessment methods with practical options for collaborative and arts-based dissertation projects.

You will have the opportunity to apply for work-based internships with the Brussels-based organisation European Network on Statelessness and with GRAMNet.

You will benefit from access to the GRAMNet-related activities such as seminars, film series, community organised events and find out about opportunities for knowledge exchange.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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