MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

University of London, School of Advanced Study

Program Description

MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

University of London, School of Advanced Study

MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies via distance learning (DL) (Refugee Law Initiative)

Apply now for the first distance learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. If you already work or volunteer in organisations active in this area, or would like to move into the sector, this Masters will give you:

  • a prestigious qualification to open doors in your career
  • the tools to work in the field and to undertake campaigning and advocacy work
  • an understanding of the fundamental issues and debates and the key legal concepts.

Benefit from supported online learning

As you study by online learning you can fit your studies around your other commitments. You will also be able to share ideas with others who are studying for this programme and receive tuition from leading experts from around the globe.

Developed by leading academics

The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies was developed by the Refugee Law Initiative, a University of London research centre. The lead academics and tutors will draw on their wide practical expertise in delivering this programme.

The MA has two intakes per year with application deadlines for the coming year on 1 February 2016 and on 1 September 2016.

Gain a prestigious MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance learning

The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies provides a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the field of international refugee law and forced migration. It is unique in being the only programme of its type offered by distance learning.

The MA degree will enable you to acquire a solid legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration, developing expertise through a choice of elective modules. You will hone your self-reliance in dealing with - and critiquing - law, policy and practice in the field, and will also learn how to gather, organise and deploy evidence to form balanced judgements and develop policy recommendations.

Career enhancement

This MA enables you to combine your studies with your ongoing professional and domestic commitments. This programme is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in a range of professional contexts in the refugee, human rights or humanitarian fields. Potential employers include international agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Organisation on Migration (IOM), governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations.

Your time commitment

Core and elective modules are run in two study sessions (16 weeks) throughout the year, while the dissertation module (30 weeks) is divided into four study sessions. You register for one core module or two elective modules per session of study and should expect to devote between 15-20 nominal hours a week to your studies during these periods.

Programme details

You study: 6 modules (two core, four elective) plus a dissertation

Study period: 2-5 years

Cost (2014-15): £7,350

Summary of key dates

Application deadline: 1 February 2016 ; 1 September 2016

Registration deadline: 1 March 2016; 1 October 2016

Course starts: mid-march 2016; mid-October 2016

Examinations take place: July 2016 and February 2017; February 2017 and July 2017

Academic Requirements

An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK upper second class honours degree, in a social science related subject, from an institution acceptable to the University.

If you do not meet the entrance requirements you may still apply. Each application will be considered on an individual basis by the Programme Director.

Work experience

There is no minimum work experience requirement for entry to this programme.

Language Requirements

For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:

  • IELTS with an overall grade of at least 7.0.

Tests of English proficiency from other providers will be considered on an individual basis.

Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes that they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

Note: Some programmes will require greater proficiency in the English language; these requirements will be reflected in the relevant programme regulations.

Computer Requirements

All students must have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the virtual learning environment or accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need suitable hardware capacity on your computer for document storage as well as basic software such as a PDF reader.

We recommend that you use the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome and that your screen resolution is 1024 x 768 or greater. JavaScript and cookies must be enabled to access particular online services such as the Student Portal.

Some programmes have courses or modules that use additional software. Where this is the case, information is given with the relevant course descriptions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 14, 2018
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