Taught course

Migration and Intercultural Studies

University of Reading · Department of Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK. Those with other qualifications and relevant work experience may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Examine the cultural, social and political issues at the heart of migration, and develop your language skills, with our MA in Migration and Intercultural Studies degree.

Study the multilingual and intercultural factors that influence policymakers and practitioners, and explore how these factors enhance their interaction with migrants and refugees.

This interdisciplinary programme covers a diverse range of topics, including:

  • language studies
  • applied linguistics and sociolinguistics
  • politics and international relations
  • human rights and philosophy
  • international refugee law.

You will also examine how language issues have political and socio-cultural importance in the experience of migrants and refugees.

Optional modules will allow you to explore specialisms in cultural studies, ethics, and environmental studies. You can also pursue your own interests, and develop your expertise, with a dissertation or extended project.

Research-based teaching will provide you with the analytical skills to understand, monitor, and critically investigate migration phenomena, trajectories and processes.

In addition to your theoretical and policy-based studies, you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience. For example, you will be encouraged to undertake an internship or conduct fieldwork with governmental or non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Your learning environment

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers expertise in language and migration studies, translation and cultural change, post-colonial studies, and language teaching.

Our researchers and teachers have an international reputation in their areas of expertise. 100% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Modern Languages and Linguistics).

Your studies will be enhanced by diverse learning methods, including:

  • a variety of assessment formats such as media reports, blogs, digital radio programmes, video commentaries, and exhibitions
  • coursework that blends academic and professional skills, including online learning journals to accompany traditional essays
  • work placements that allow you to analyse policies and practice in a work-based environment.
Language options

Choose from a range of language modules delivered by our Institute-Wide Language Programme (IWLP). Options may include:

  • French, German, Italian or Spanish at beginner, intermediate or advanced level
  • Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Modern Greek, Japanese, Russian and British Sign Language at beginner or intermediate level.
Placement opportunities with MA Migration and Intercultural Studies

We can help you secure work placements with governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake research and activities to support refugees, or work with institutions assisting migrants and refugees.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,500 per year
International students
£21,350 per year
Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government's guidance for EU students.

Additional Costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    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

Global Recruitment Team