Taught course

Migration and Global Development

University of Sussex · School of Global Studies

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant social science (e.g., anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology, law).

Applicants with lower qualifications and/or from other disciplines should possess relevant professional experience or engagement in migration-related activities.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to know more about the reasons why people migrate from the Global South? Is it because aid and development initiatives fail to meet their stated goals?

Our interdisciplinary approach gives you a distinctive and critical grounding in international development and migration studies. Learning from our faculty who have detailed and extensive knowledge from working in the field, you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between migration and development.

You’ll benefit from our extensive, world-renowned expertise in international development and migration studies. You’ll become part of the research community of the internationally recognised Sussex Centre for Migration Research, located within the School of Global Studies.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Key Facts

Sussex hosts one of the largest groups of migration scholars in the world and a large active and vibrant migration postgraduate community whose activities come together in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.

True to the Sussex tradition, our approach to MA teaching is genuinely interdisciplinary and draws insights from sociology, human geography, anthropology, development studies, politics, law, psychology, education, economics and demography.

We have strong links with government bodies, international organisations, and NGOs – including DFID, the International Organization for Migration, International Labour Organization, and Refugee Action – which address the world’s issues of migration and refugees.

How will I study?

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.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

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-and-global-development-ma

Postgraduate Masters Loans

Borrow up to £10,000 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Global Studies
+44 (0)1273 877686