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MSc Migration Studies Policy and Practice

Buckinghamshire New University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Overview

Our MSc Migration Studies: Policy and Practice course offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and capabilities in professional practice or policymaking focused on issues of migration and working with migrant populations. You will gain a range of skill sets to work with diverse migrant and minority populations; or to obtain employment with specialist agencies who support migrant and minority communities.

What will I study?

Throughout the course you will develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques and research methods applicable to research or advanced scholarship on international migration and diaspora communities. You will also develop a critical awareness and systematic understanding of the current knowledge, theory and evidence-based practice relevant to the field of migration studies, as well as current areas of scholarly interest and policy relevance. Close attention is paid to ethical perspectives and social justice considerations throughout the course.

On completion of this course you will be able to evaluate migration policy formulation and interventions, whilst effectively communicating the implications and practical applications of your research. You will also be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the lived experiences of migrants in society, the social construction of their identities, and their agency. Your learning will support the development of a systematic and critical understanding of processes through which policies impacting migrant, minority and diasporic communities are formulated, implemented, developed and evaluated.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Teaching methods on the course will include:

  • online lectures
  • online classroom-based activities (utilising Blackboard Collaborate)
  • independent learning methods
  • practical online based sessions (including role-playing and simulations).

A range of summative assessment methods may be employed on this course, as follows:

  • time-constrained assignments
  • poster presentations
  • reflective accounts
  • oral presentations
  • time constrained examinations
  • essays
  • research reports
  • professional style reports e.g. court reports, expert witness reports
  • risk assessment/management reports.

The final empirical dissertation represents a major piece of independent research activity within your chosen field of migration. This will involve a number of options including collecting original empirical (quantitative or qualitative) data from participants, or equivalent alternatives such as computational modelling of empirical or secondary data analysis, making use of large data sets, or an extended literature review or a performance piece. It will be undertaken with support from an academic supervisor delivered via regular meetings throughout the academic year.

What are my career prospects?

Migration issues are key to policy and practice leadership and strategic development within international organisations, for those working in:

  • Policy and practice
  • Leadership and strategic development within international organisations
  • Academia
  • National and local governments
  • NGOs
  • Third Sector and Front Line Response agencies
  • Border Agency
  • NCA/Police
  • Media
  • Policy advisers
  • Lobbyists
  • Advocacy
  • Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Undertaking a programme of this type will also act as a feeder pathway to Level 8 studies providing eligibility to provide for a PhD or Prof Doc. in a related research field.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 8,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Buckinghamshire New University

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  • Campus address

    Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    102nd out of 105

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    106 49%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    40.0 40%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.76 75%



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