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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £10,410 (FT) £5,240 (PT)
- £21,160 (FT) £10,740 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
The programme combines theoretical and policy debates about 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), a compulsory methods module (15 credits), five elective modules (75 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).
- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration
- Issues in Global Migration
- Social Science Research Methodologies and Methods I
Students choose from a range of modules offered across UCL which specialise in migration. The list may include the following:
- Social Science Research Methodologies and Methods II (essential only if intending further research training)
- Thinking Space
- Migration and Urban Multiculture
- Mining Social and Geographic Datasets
- Globalisation and Security
- Gender, Generation and Forced Migration
- Ethnicity, Migration and Health
- Migration in the European Union
- International Human Rights Law
- Gender, Generation and Forced Migration
- Anthropology of Nationalism, Ethnicity and Race
- Anthropology and Development
- Postcolonial Cultural Geographies
- Comparative Human Rights Law
- Globalisation in the Twentieth Century
- Equality, Justice and Difference
- Population and Development
- Economics of Migration (Economics prerequisites)
- International and European Refugee Law
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, discussions, independent reading, practicals and workshops. The majority of modules are assessed through coursework although a small number are assessed by examination.
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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, NGOs, community-based and grassroots organisations. The programme provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue doctorates in the interdisciplinary field of migration studies.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Programme Assistant, Migration Policy Institute Europe
- Programme Manager, International Network for Aid, Relief and Assistance (INARA)
- Campaign and Communication Intern, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
- Paralegal, Law Office of Robert B. Jobe
- MSc in China and Globalisation, King's College London
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why 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 law, public policy, anthropology, development planning, area studies, humanities and health. The involvement of such a wide range of disciplines in teaching on the MSc in Global Migration is unique.
Students benefit from the consolidation of migration expertise across UCL which is complemented 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 networks across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Student / staff numbers
› 45 staff
including 15 postdocs
› 170 taught students
› 70 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Geography
81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
While aimed at graduates from a range of disciplines (including human geography, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, and cultural and area 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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.
- Application procedure
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