Global Migration MSc

Migration in today's globalised world stands at the heart of key national and international debates; including migrants' and asylum seekers' rights and citizenship; state security and border management; and the globalisation of skilled labour markets. This interdisciplinary MSc offers the best of migration teaching from across UCL Faculties.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
  • Overseas applicants: 31 July 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme combines policy and theoretical debates over migration. Students are equipped with the advanced skills, methods, concepts and theories essential for the study of Global Migration and gain the opportunity to apply them in both general and more specialised contexts relating to the processes, policies and politics of migration.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL has internationally recognised expertise in the field of migration. It has two established research units, the Migration Research Unit and the Centre for Research on Economic Analysis of Migration. Cutting edge research on migration also takes place across UCL in many different disciplines including laws, public policy, anthropology, development planning and health. The involvement of such range of disciplines in teaching on the MSc in Global Migration is unique.

Students benefit from this consolidation of migration expertise across UCL which is complimented by a departmental migration seminar series, and a vibrant and expanding body of PhD students in this field.

Migration research at UCL has a strong international dimension, benefiting from extensive networks across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), a compulsory methods module and five optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration
  • Issues in Global Migration


  • Options may include the following:
  • Social Science Research Methodologies and Methods I & II (essential for research training)
  • Thinking Space
  • Postcolonial Theory and the Multicultural City
  • Approaches to Globalisation
  • Globalisation and Security
  • International Migration Law and Governance
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health
  • Border Narratives in Latin America
  • Historical Geographies of African Diaspora in Britain
  • Asian Cities in a Globalising South
  • Anthropology of Nationalism, Ethnicity and Race
  • International and European Refugee Law


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, discussions, independent reading, practicals and workshops. The majority of courses are assessed through coursework although a small number are assessed by examination.

Further details available on subject website:


Possible funding opportunities include: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Programme, Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan and Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme.

Other possible funding opportunities include: Marshall Scholarships - Marshall Commission, Fulbright Traditional Postgraduate Student Awards, US-UK Fulbright Commission and Thomas Wall Trust.

Scholarships available for this department

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme. Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional experience in relevant fields will be considered alongside academic qualifications.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. Applicants who require a student visa should submit their programme application before 31 July 2014.

Who can apply?

While aimed at graduates from a range of disciplines (including Human Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Cultural and Media Studies) who intend to progress to PhD research or develop a career in migration, the programme will also appeal to professionals wishing to reflect on developments in this field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Global Migration
  • why you want to study Global Migration at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to work with migrants and asylum seekers in different parts of the world, and gain posts in UN, EU, national policy think-tanks, government research and policy departments, National Government Organisations, community-based and grassroots organisations. The programme provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue doctorates in the interdisciplinary field of migration studies.
The first cohort of students on the Global Migration MSc are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.


Graduates from this programme have gone on to work in a range of careers related to migration. The destinations of students who graduated from this programme in 2012 include law, research, policy making and campagning work. For example, one graduate is now a trainee barrister at a chambers specialising in migration law, while another is undertaking PhD research at UCL n migration in Eastern Europe. Another of last year's graduate works for a government agency for refugees in Norway.

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