The MA New Migration and Social 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 New Migration and Social 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
The Institute of Applied Social Studies, part of the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, is an internationally leading centre for research in social policy and social work. The Institute is located in the newly refurbished Muirhead Tower in the leafy Edgbaston campus. Close by are the grand redbrick buildings of Chancellor's Court, the Great Hall and the famous Joseph Chamberlain Clock Tower.
Just three miles from the centre of the diverse city of Birmingham, with easy access by public transport, major motorways and an international airport, our Edgbaston campus provides access to several restaurants, banks, supermarkets, book and stationery shops. It also has excellent sporting facilities, conveniently located student accommodation and is the only UK University to have its own railway station, known as University and just two stops from Birmingham New Street station.
Students studying for the Postgraduate Certificate must complete three compulsory (20 Credit) modules:
Migration and Social Policy
Introduction to Applied Social Research
International Social Policy
Students studying for the Postgraduate Diploma must study the compulsory modules plus three additional optional modules from the following list:
Social Policy Beyond Welfare
Sectors and Services in British Social Policy
Public and User Involvement in Health Care
Urban Poverty and Development
Researching Social Policy
Masters students study six modules as above and must also undertake a 60 Credit Dissertation.
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.
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English language requirements
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