MA Migration Studies
MA Migration Studies at University of Essex
What is the relationship between migration, social policy and welfare? What are the social and cultural challenges that international migration and forced migration has for both sender and receiving societies?
Our course uniquely explores the study of migration through a sociological perspective, investigating how these challenges shape policy agendas with particular attention to issues surrounding social integration, rights and multiculturalism.
Our MA Migration Studies combines insights of sociological theory with the methodological tools highly in demand by government, NGOs and supranational institutions. Drawing on the expertise of leading researchers, you build a strong theoretical understanding and address key issues surrounding migration. This course covers a wide range of topics, including:
- Citizenship and Human rights
- Immigration policy
- Social cohesion and integration
- Human trafficking
- Race, ethnicity and identity
You also gain a critical and coherent perspective on empirical research and examining the key assumptions and ideological underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research.
Our Department of Sociology was rated top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014).
Why we're great:
- Uniquely taught within our Department of Sociology, so you gain a strong sociological and interdisciplinary dimension.
- Develop the skills needed to make your own contribution to the field, examining underpinnings of research
- We are one of the top sociology departments in the UK – contribute to the thinking that guides organisations
Our expert staff
We are a large and friendly department, offering a diverse range of research interests and with staff members who are committed to teaching, research and publication that covers a broad geographical and thematic spectrum.
Key academic staff for this course include:
- Neli Demireva, whose research interests include migration, inter-ethnic ties, social cohesion, ethnic penalties and multiculturalism
- Ayse Güveli, explores the dynamics of socioeconomic, cultural and religious integration and social mobility among migrants in Europe
- Carlos Gigoux, researches the impact of migration for Indigenous peoples and the role of social movements in advancing migrants rights
- Renee Luthra, analyses immigrant integration and ethnic inequality in school, work and health in Germany, the United States and the UK
- Ewa Morawska, a comparative-historical sociologist who studies different trajectories of immigrants' integration into the host society and the mechanisms facilitating and hindering ground-level multiculturalism or friendly everyday inter-group relations in different places/different times
- Yasemin Soysal, analyses the intersections of citizenship, human rights and immigration and the transnational transformations of higher education
- The Masters in Migration Studies will form an integral part of the interdisciplinary Centre for Migration Studies developing at Essex, including a tailored Migration-focused postgraduate workshop every Spring
- The opportunity to network with other migration scholars in Japan, Germany, and the United States
- Links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects and has its own library, and the UK Data Archive, the largest survey data depository in the UK
- A unique Student Resource Centre where you can get help with your studies, access examples of previous students’ work, and attend workshops on research skills
- The Sociology common room is open all day Monday-Friday, is stocked with daily newspapers, magazines and journals, and has free drinks available
A degree in Migration Studies with a sociological approach, especially one from a recognised centre of excellence like Essex, opens many doors.
This course provides excellent preparation for establishing a career in policy making, human rights organisations or to continue further academic study. Many of our postgraduates go on to successful academic careers, both in the UK and overseas.
We work with the University’s Careers Services to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
UK entry requirements
A 2:2 degree, or international equivalent, in a social science or Humanities subject or, another discipline which must include at least two humanities or social science modules which can include the research project/dissertation).
Applications from students with a degree below a 2:2 or equivalent or a non-social sciences degree will be considered dependent on any relevant professional or voluntary experience, previous modules studied and/or personal statement.
You may be required to attend an interview/Skype interview as part of the application process.
International & EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.
Teaching and learning disclaimer
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
- Your compulsory modules include a broad overview of migration theory and current issues in migration studies, which will help inform your dissertation and allow networking with other migration studies students
- Migration Studies postgraduates are encouraged to take advantage of the strong research culture and multiple seminar series in the Sociology department, as well as the multi-disciplinary workshops organised by the Centre for Migration Studies
- Coursework is designed to help you develop your ability to critically synthesize existing literature, present new ideas and concepts clearly both in writing and verbally, and to identify research questions and appropriately choose methods to address them
- Your 15,000 word dissertation will allow you to complete a piece of original research closely supervised by a member of staff
- Your dissertation will serve as proof of competence of the skills acquired during the programme, suitable for entrance into further study or as a writing sample for employment.
Tuition fees & scholarships
EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study. Please visit the university's website for additional information about fees and funding options.
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