The MA Migration, Superdiversity and Policy will explore the social, economic and political effects of the new era of migration and consequent emerging superdiversity. It will analyse the multiple variables displayed by different migrants in terms of age and gender profiles, as well as immigration status, and associated rights and entitlements.
It will also address the ways that social policy has been created and adapted in order to accommodate the changing fabric of urban and rural populations that have experienced high levels of inward migration. Students will critically examine the suitability and adaptability of traditional multicultural models of welfare provision that were originally based upon providing for large and geographically contained clusters of post-colonial migrants and explore a range of new approaches to service delivery focusing on good practice from across the world.
The MA Migration, Superdiversity and Policy will allow students to consider new ways that the needs of diverse populations may be met and how to overcome challenges such as lack of demographic information and details about need.
Why study this course
Placements, internships and support
Students on the programme will have the opportunity to undertake a work-based internship in a migration related organisation. Students will be supported by the specialist University Careers Network to identify a suitable organisation, and in addition, they will also be linked up with organisations involved in IRiS's Practitioner Research Programme (PRP).
Conference and seminars
The University of Birmingham offers a vibrant and dynamic student experience. Students enrolled on the Migration, Superdiversity and Policy programme, can take advantage of the specialist IRiS seminar programme which hosts sessions from world-leading migration scholars. The link to IRiS, the world's first research centre to focus on superdiversity, offers ongoing opportunities for postgreaduate students to enhance their learning and experience whilst at Birmingham. This year, for example, IRiS will host the first International Conference on 'Superdiversity: Theory, method and practice in an era of change'.
Small bursaries to undertake mini-research projects
Small bursaries to undertake independent mini-research projects in a student's specialist area of interest relating to migration, superdiversity and policy are also available. Students are required to submit a short proposal outlining their research ideas in order to be considered for an IRiS research bursary.
Students studying for the Postgraduate Certificate must complete three compulsory (20 Credit) modules including the following 2 core modules:
Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice
Globalisation, Migration and Citizenship
Introduction to Applied Social Research
International Social Policy
Superdiversity/Migration related specialist project (40 credits)
A wide range of other modules from across the University of Birmingham
Students studying for the Postgraduate Diploma must complete the two core modules plus four optional modules, or two options plus the 40 credit Specialist Project in a migration related policy topic.
Masters students must complete the two core modules and four optional modules or two options and the 40 credit Specialist Project before moving on to undertake a 60 credit dissertation in the area of migration and superdiversity.
Fees and funding
An upper second class Honours degree or equivalent would be the standard entry requirement. This would usually be in a social science, although applications from those with degrees in other disciplines will be considered. Applications will also be encouraged from those without an Honours degree who have relevant work or volunteering experience in a related policy or practice area.
Learn more about entry requirements.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries - our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
How to apply
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