UCL Graduate degrees


Global Migration MSc

Migration in today's interconnected world is at the heart of many key debates: migrants' & asylum seekers' rights; diasporas & transnationalism; citizenship & identity; cosmopolitanism & integration; racism & racialization; equalities & diversity; solidarity & sanctuary; security & borders; international development; and skilled & unskilled labour markets. This interdisciplinary MSc offers the best of migration teaching from across UCL.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£12,500 (FT)
£6,250 (PT)
£25,800 (FT)
£12,900 (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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

The programme combines theoretical and policy debates about migration. Students are equipped with advanced analytical skills and research methods. They acquire an understanding the key concepts 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 compulsory modules (30 credits), a compulsory methods module (15 credits), five elective modules (75 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Global Migration.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration
  • Issues in Global Migration
  • Social Science Research: Methodologies and Methods I

Elective modules

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)
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Equality, Justice and Difference (subject to availability in Department of Political Science)
  • Migratory Activisms, Creative Citizenships
  • Postcolonial Cultural Geographies
  • Gender, Generation and Forced Migration
  • Social Theory and the Study of Contemporary Social Problems
  • Migration, Politics and Policy
  • Migration in the European Union
  • Migration and Health
  • Better Worlds? Jewish Migration and Settlements in Britain and America
  • Anthropology of Development
  • Questions of European Integration
  • Global Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Security
  • Education and Identities: Citizenship, Rights, Narratives (taught in term 3)
  • Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in National Education Systems (taught in term 3)
  • Black Europe
  • Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates
  • Crossing Borders in the Cold War: Transnational Approaches to the Soviet Bloc, 1945-1991

Or other suitable modules as agreed with the programme convenor. We always welcome students pursuing language skills for example. 


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 and workshops. The majority of modules are assessed through coursework although a small number are assessed by examination or oral presentations.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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 are well equipped to work with migrants and asylum seekers across the world and gain posts in: UN, EU, national policy think tanks; government research and policy departments; and 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 graduates (since 2011) have found employment with UNHCR, UN-OCHA, IOM, Migration Policy Institute, Refugee Council, European Migration and Diversity Programme, Norwegian Association for Asylum Seekers, Asylum Matters, Jesuit Refugee Services, International Displacement Monitoring Centre.


The programme fosters core academic skills: critical analysis, advanced interpretation of a range of texts, logical reasoning, effective writing and clear thinking. The dissertation builds advanced skills in research design, data acquisition and analysis methods, constructing arguments and sustained writing. In addition, the programme offers opportunities for developing: verbal and written communication skills; teamwork and collaborative skills, problem-solving skills for research; and organisational skills such as time management and efficient working. Our graduates are more confident because they have demonstrated their capacity for perseverance and the ability to work under pressure.

Why study this degree at UCL?

At UCL cutting-edge research on migration takes place in many different disciplines including: anthropology, area studies, demography, development planning, economics, education, epidemiology, geography, global and public health, the humanities, law, psychology, politics and public policy and sociology. The involvement of such a wide range of disciplines crossing life sciences, social science and the arts is part of what makes the MSc Global Migration programme so special. 

UCL has internationally recognised expertise in migration studies. It has two established research units: the Migration Research Unit and the Centre for Research on Economic Analysis of Migration. Students benefit from access to these experts (including PhD students), and to a range of seminars. UCL’s migration research covers the globe with projects on migration from Mexico to China and from Senegal to Russia. Yet the programme is also embedded in migration networks here in London – one of the world’s superdiverse cities. Being a student at UCL provides opportunities to engage with the local and the global.

Global Migration is a friendly and supportive programme with excellent access to academics. All staff are available for consultation in Office Hours. Students have the opportunity to work with academics on current research and in UCL campaigns and networks such as Refuge in A Moving World, which can connect them to a range of professional networks  The programme is made up of a small, but international student body, which enables engaged debates in a trusting environment drawing on diverse experiences. The Migration Research Unit publishes students’ dissertation research in the Working Papers series (https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/research-centres/migration-research-unit/publications/).

Department: Geography

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

We are also looking for applicants with a good standard of written and spoken English. 

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