Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies (Taught)

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Course summary

This MA has quickly become one of the largest programmes on forced migration anywhere in the world. The programme provides a solid legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration. You will become more independent in managing and critiquing law, policy and practice, and also in gathering, organising and deploying evidence to form balanced judgements and develop policy recommendations.

Course details


*Core modules: Protecting human rights, refugees and displaced persons in international law; An introduction to refugee and forced migration studies; Dissertation, including researching refugees taught component. *Elective modules: Advanced international refugee law; Asylum law in Europe: towards regional harmonisation of international protection; Asylum and refugees in Africa and Latin America: regional models for refugee protection in the global south; Disasters, climate change and displacement; Displacement, healthcare and humanitarian action; Internal displacement in law and policy: war and beyond; Gender, sexual identity and age in the refugee context; Securing refugee protection in practice; Statelessness, nationality and the protection of stateless persons.

Assessment method

  • Core modules: a final item of coursework (70% overall grade) and five online assessments known as E-tivities (30% overall grade).
  • Elective modules: three E-tivities (30% overall grade) and one coursework item of 3,000-4,000 words (70% overall grade).
  • The dissertation is assessed in two parts: the research methods course and research proposal (15% overall grade) and the dissertation thesis (85% overall grade).

Entry requirements

**What qualifications do you need? *You need an undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) that is comparable to a UK upper second class honours degree. You can still apply without this, and we will consider each application on its merits. **English Language requirements *You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved the following within the past three years: *(IELTS) International English Language Testing System - overall score of at least 7.0 with at least 6 in reading and writing. (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test. * Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. * Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (at grade C or above). * Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 130. * Tests from other providers will be considered on an individual basis. Even if you have not formally met these requirements, the University may still consider other evidence. **Computer requirements * We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9100 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £9100 Whole course
EU £9100 Whole course
International £9100 Whole course
England £9100 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9100 Whole course
Scotland £9100 Whole course
Wales £9100 Whole course

Additional fee information

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Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London - UCAS