Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are involved in, or contemplating working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, this MA will broaden your understanding of relevant theories, concepts and policies.

Sussex has one of the largest migration academic communities in the UK, centred around the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR). This interdisciplinary MA draws on this expertise, addressing the nature of migration and migration processes around the world, the consequences of migration for today’s societies, and issues that shape migrants’ life chances.

The SCMR has an oustanding global reputation and hosts leading international speakers for its seminar series and annual conference. These events (and others) form a hub through which our students learn and form networks with academics and fellow students from all over the world.

As well as expert teaching, you will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach that allows you to choose optional modules according to your interests and career aspirations.


Across the autumn and spring terms, you learn through core modules and options. You also take a module that prepares you for further research and a professional career. This is delivered as a series of workshops including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

In the summer term, you undertake supervised dissertation work or a dissertation with placement.

You are assessed by term papers, unseen exams, a case analysis on research methods and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: you take two core modules Managing Migration: Law, Governance, Politics • Migrants and Society: Global Transformations

Spring term: you choose two modules from Culture and Identity Rights • Migration, Ethnicity and ‘Superdiversity’ • Migration, Inequality and Social Change • Refugees and Development • Trans-nationalism, Diaspora and Migrants’ Lives. Other options may also be available.

You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

Summer term: you undertake supervised work on a 10,000 word dissertation, or a dissertation with placement.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/global-studies/migration-studies-ma

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877686