MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies
Duration: One calendar year (Full-Time) Two or three years (Part-Time, daytime only) The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework. We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)
Start of programme: September only
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is a broad-based degree for students who want to receive specialized research training in Migration and Diaspora Studies, including a relevant language, which will prepare them to proceed to advanced postgraduate research in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS or elsewhere.
This MA is designed to appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds who:
- Wish to know more about the transnational nature of the modern world;
- Wish to continue their anthropological study at a postgraduate level and engage in critical contemporary theory;
- Wish to understand cultural transformation from a global perspective;
- Come from other disciplines, such as Law or Politics, and now wish to incorporate an anthropological perspective on issues of migration and diaspora.
The degree offers students a chance to pursue specialist interests by a considered selection of courses to suit their individual needs. It provides:
- A broad-based MA for students who wish to enhance their knowledge in light of continuing contemporary research;
- A special interest MA, enabling students to study diaspora and migration issues in depth in relation to a particular discipline or region.
The programme attracts students from around the world. It encourages a transdisciplinary approach to issues of migration and diaspora, providing historical depth as well as perspectives from anthropology, sociology, and postcolonial studies. The programme also works closely with a number of departments across the school, such as Development Studies, the Centre for Gender Studies as well as Law and Politics, which also run migration and diaspora related courses. Most of these courses are available as options on the programme, making it a unique MA in terms of both its breadth and depth.
In the recent past, our students have been highly successful in going on to further study and a number have received scholarships for research degrees at SOAS and elsewhere. Many have also gone on to work with NGOs and in the public sector as well as arts organizations. We have a good staff-student ratio, which ensures the best support for personal academic development and training which enhances future career prospects.
The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is considerably enriched by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, which runs seminars, films and public lectures and also hosts a number of international scholars. The Centre is also a part of a migration research network of London colleges including LSE and UCL. Students on the programme, therefore, have unparalleled access to a critical body of scholars and scholarship on migration and diaspora related issue.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Programme Convenor, Dr Parvathi Raman at an early stage of their application to seek advice on the most appropriate options for study. The programme consists of four elements, three examined courses and a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic.
The programme consists of 180 credits in total: 120 credits of modules and a dissertation of 10,000 words at 60 credits.
Students are expected to take all the core and compulsory modules listed below.
All students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods during term 1. This will not count towards the 180 credits. Students will be expected to attend only lectures and do not attend seminars or submit any assessments. Students may choose to take this module (worth 15 credits) as part of their 120 credits from the option lists.
All students are required to take 30 credits from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology list.
The remaining credits can be selected from the relevant lists in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology or relevant options from other departments or a language module. See below for a detailed programme structure.
Language Entitlement Programme:
Many students choose to pursue a language through the SOAS Language Entitlement Programme (LEP). Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others may also be offered.
All students are required to take the compulsory modules, totalled at 60 credits. All students are required to audit the Ethnographic Research Methods module. This will not count towards your 180 credits.
- Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 (60credits) Full Year
- Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 (15 credits) Term 1
All students must take the core module worth 30 credits.
- African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 (30credits) Full Year
30 credits of your programme must be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology options list; the remaining 60 credits can be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology or other departments or a language module.
Anthropology and Sociology
- African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15 credits) Term 2
- Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 (15 credits) Term 2
- Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15 credits) Term 2
- Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15 credits) Term 1
- Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 (15 credits) Term 1
- Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15 credits) Term 2
- Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15 credits) Term 1
- Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 (15 credits) Term 2
- Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 (15 credits) Term 2
- Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 (15 credits) Term 1
- Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 (15 credits) Term 2
- Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 (15 credits) Term 1
- Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 (15 credits) Term 2
- Media Production Skills 15PANH050 (15 credits) Term 2
- Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 (30credits) Full Year
- Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
- Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 (30credits) Full Year
Centre for Gender Studies
- Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 (15 credits) Term 2
Centre for Media Studies
- Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15 credits) Term 2
China and Inner Asia
- Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15 credits) Term 1
- Borders and Development 15PDSH023 (15 credits) Term 2
- Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 (15 credits) Term 1
- Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 (15 credits) Term 2
- Migration and Development 15PDSC006 (30credits) Full Year
- Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
History of Art and Archaeology
- Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- The Art of the African Diaspora 15PARC018 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
- Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 (15 credits) Term 1
Near and Middle East
- Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 (30credits) Full Year
- International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 (15 credits) Term 1
- Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15 credits) Term 1
- Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15 credits) Term 2
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