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MA Migration Studies

The Migration Studies programme from University of Birmingham 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.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £21,150 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Migration Studies programme from University of Birmingham 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.

Courses included:

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

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


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.


  • 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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