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MA Migration Studies

Start date
1 year full time; 2 years part time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

2022- 2023
£9,810 F/T (UK students)
£4,905 P/T (UK students)
£20,430 F/T (International students)
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Find out more about our MA in Migration Studies

Our Master's degree in Migration Studies will introduce you to the main challenges and opportunities associated with the advent of new migration and super-diversity and equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need to address those challenges.

As a result of globalisation, many countries have entered an era of superdiversity with societies more diverse in terms of ethnicity, and immigration status, than ever before. The major policy issue is not whether we should be tough on migration, but how we can better integrate new migrants and long established communities into their chosen societies, in a way that promotes social solidarity and inclusion.

Our Master's degree in Migration Studies will examine the social, economic and political impacts of international migration and examine current, proposed and ideal approaches to welfare provision in the era of superdiversity. Migration Studies is unique in bringing together theory and practice with cutting-edge research and research methods to enable you to develop applied knowledge in a rapidly evolving field. It will explore data to help map superdiverse populations and examine the rights and entitlements of migrants in different societies. On the Migration Studies course you will have the opportunity to apply to undertake a work-based internship in a migration related organisation, as part of the optional Migration and Superdiversity Placement module.  

This Migration Studies degree is the first of its kind to focus on superdiversity. You will be taught by academics from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS). IRiS is the world’s first research centre to focus on superdiversity and is at the forefront of international migration research. It will offer you a unique opportunity to meet scholars from a wide range of disciplines engaged in research and policy work in migration and superdiversity. 


Core modules

  • Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
  • Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

Optional Modules* (80 credits from the list below)*

  • Migration and Superdiversity Placement (20 credits)
  • Sociology of Race and Racism (20 credits)
  • Third Sector in Social Policy  (20 credits)
  • Policy Futures: Theories and Concepts in International Policymaking (20 credits)
  • Poverty, Wealth and Inequality (20 credits)
  • Crime and Social Harm (20 credits)
  • Applied Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Global Policy Institutions & Networks (20 credits)
  • Policy Evaluation (20 credits)
  • Philosophies of Welfare: creating new societies? (20 credits)
  • Transforming Identities (20 credits)
  • Transforming Societies (20 credits)

* The optional modules listed for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices


Fees for 2022-2023


Code: 963D full-time £9,810
Code: 967D part-time £4,905
Code: 970D full-time £6,540 (PG Dip)
Code: 972D part-time £3,270 (PG Dip)
Code: 975D full-time £3,270 (PGCert)
Code: 977D part-time £3,270 (PGCert)


Code: 963D full-time £20,430

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will provide up to £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas starting after August 2022. 

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Scholarships and studentships

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. For more information see International Scholarships.

For further information contact the Department directly or contact the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

How To Apply

1 July 2022 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2022 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2022.

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Our Standard Requirements

For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience. Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

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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

International Requirements

The mission of the  Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology in the  School of Social Policy is not just to ‘understand the world’, but to also ‘change it.’ Consequently we are at the forefront of cutting edge social science research that informs and influences public debate.

Our achievements

In turning this mission into practice, we are proud of our many achievements.  Our academics are recognised leaders in their field, working alongside UK government departments and supra national organisations, such as the European Commission and United Nations to bring about positive social change.  More than 2/3rds of our research is rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of its rigour, significance and originality, and we have extensive international links with like-minded partners at Harvard, Melbourne, Peking, Vancouver, Seoul and beyond.

Why choose to study in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology?

In the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, we believe that our research should inform the delivery of our teaching. This means that you will be taught by those who are involved in cutting edge research and who write the publications that you will study. You will primarily be taught by academics from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRIS). IRiS is the world’s first research centre to focus on superdiversity and is at the forefront of international migration research. IRiS offers a unique opportunity for you to work alongside scholars from a wide range of disciplines engaged in migration research, as well as to participate in a programme of related research events. 

Teaching and learning takes place across a variety of forms, including traditional lecture, interactive lectures, small group seminars, computer lab based sessions. We also believe that our teaching should be delivered not only through the classroom but through the social world itself. In particular, being located in the city of Birmingham, one of the most diverse cities in the UK and the youngest city in Europe (largest percentage of the population under 24), the MA Migration Studies offers access to a ‘social laboratory’, that brings the issues that you study alive.   A number of our modules utilise field trips and we have extra-curricular activities that offer trips to Birmingham City Council and the Houses of Parliament.  Alongside this, you will be offered the opportunity to apply to undertake a placement based module.

Your degree will predominantly be assessed through a range of coursework, such as traditional essay, policy reports and dissertation - currently two of our modules utilise written examination as a mode of assessment.  Students are offered the opportunity across core modules to complete formative assessments that provide the opportunity to receive supportive feedback that can be used to develop their writing style, structuring and critical reasoning, without the mark carrying into their degree classification.

Migration Studies will be of interest to professionals working in diverse or migration related settings, as well as recent graduates looking to pursue a career in this area,  and to those considering undertaking a PhD in related fields. Students on the programme will have the opportunity to apply to undertake a work-based internship in a migration related organisation, as part of our optional Migration and Superdiversity Placement module. 

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