Refugee Studies, M.A.

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  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Analysis of key issues in the field of forced migration, with the option to specialise in the cultural, political, legal and psycho-social fields. Dedicated research methods module to develop advanced analytical skills and prepare for the independent research dissertation.

Refugee Studies at UEL

  • adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of forced migration
  • examines global and local dimensions of forced migration
  • encourages independent critical approaches to contemporary refugee issues
  • views forced migration as a lived experience
  • adopts a refugee-centred perspective
  • considers links between theoretical and applied/policy issues in forced migration
  • encourages interest in refugee communities of East London

Your future career

Prepares students for employment in areas related to refugee needs, notably in the fields of education, welfare, health, employment, housing, community development, counselling, human rights, and immigration and asylum law. Also develops skills appropriate for further academic research in migration, diasporic and ethnic studies, legal studies, and in social, political, psycho-social and cultural theory.

Programme Structure

One year full-time; two years part-time. Two compulsory taught modules; choice of two taught modules from seven options; research dissertation.

Learning environment

Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Group work is encouraged.


All assessment is by coursework: essays, reports, presentations, research proposal, and dissertation. All modules are assessed. The final award takes account of all modules marks.

Relevance to work/profession

The programme is especially relevant to employment where there is engagement with refugees and other migrants, including in education, health, welfare, human rights, law and legal advice, advocacy, counselling and community work. It has general relevance to public-sector employment. Projects, including the dissertation, may draw extensively on work experience.

Thesis/Dissertation/project work

All modules give opportunities for group work, especially when assessment includes student presentations. Dissertations provide the opportunity for focused independent research.

Added value

The programme equips students with key transferable skills. By the end of the programme students should have acquired:

  • high levels of competence in library and bibliographical research;
  • advanced critical and evaluative abilities;
  • research management skills;
  • capabilities to design and deliver substantial written reports;
  • capabilities to design and execute social research projects;
  • enhanced abilities in verbal presentation;
  • skills in data collection and analysis;
  • familiarity with means of dissemination and mobilising research findings;
  • advanced abilities to collaborate in research groups and teams.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a good first degree in a cognate area of study. Under special circumstances applicants without a relevant first degree but with substantial professional experience may be considered.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS *** (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 11700 International


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