Postgraduate Course

MSc Migration Studies

MSc Migration Studies

Overview

The details
Migration Studies
October 2018
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus
Sociology

What trends in migration have we seen in recent years? Do some societies facilitate adaptation for migrants better than others? Migration, refugees and forced displacement are some of the most pressing and controversial challenges facing contemporary societies and nation states. Our course uniquely explores the study of migration through a sociological perspective and uses a scientific approach to investigate the key challenges that will shape policy agendas and the impact that this could have around the world.

Our MSc Migration Studies combines insights of sociological theory with the methodological rigour highly in demand by government, NGOs and supranational institutions. Drawing on the expertise of leading researchers, you build the methodological skills needed to conduct your own research and make your own contribution to the field of migration. You gain a critical and coherent perspective on empirical research and examining the key assumptions and ideological underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research. . This course covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Citizenship and Human rights
  • Welfare
  • Immigration policy
  • Social cohesion and integration
  • Sociological research methods
  • Race, ethnicity and identity
  • Multiculturalism

You also develop a strong theoretical understanding and address key issues surrounding migration.

Our Department of Sociology was rated top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014).

Why we're great.
  • Uniquely taught within our Department of Sociology, so you gain a strong sociological and interdisciplinary dimension.
  • Develop the skills needed to make your own contribution to the field, examining underpinnings of research
  • We are one of the top sociology departments in the UK – contribute to the thinking that guides organisations

Our expert staff

We are a large and friendly department, offering a diverse range of research interests and with staff members who are committed to teaching, research and publication that covers a broad geographical and thematic spectrum.

Key academic staff for this course include:

  • Neli Demireva, whose research interests include migration, inter-ethnic ties, social cohesion, ethnic penalties and multiculturalism
  • Ayse Güveli, explores the dynamics of socioeconomic, cultural and religious integration and social mobility among migrants in Europe
  • Carlos Gigoux, researches the impact of migration for Indigenous peoples and the role of social movements in advancing migrants rights
  • Renee Luthra, analyses immigrant integration and ethnic inequality in school, work and health in Germany, the United States and the UK
  • Ewa Morawska, a comparative-historical sociologist who studies different trajectories of immigrants' integration into the host society and the mechanisms facilitating and hindering ground-level multiculturalism or friendly everyday inter-group relations in different places/different times
  • Yasemin Soysal, analyses the intersections of citizenship, human rights and immigration and the transnational transformations of higher education

Specialist facilities

  • The Masters in Migration Studies will form an integral part of the interdisciplinary Centre for Migration Studies developing at Essex, including a tailored Migration-focused postgraduate workshop every Spring
  • The opportunity to network with other migration scholars in Japan, Germany, and the United States
  • Links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects and has its own library, and the UK Data Archive, the largest survey data depository in the UK
  • A unique Student Resource Centre where you can get help with your studies, access examples of previous students’ work, and attend workshops on research skills
  • The Sociology common room is open all day Monday-Friday, is stocked with daily newspapers, magazines and journals, and has free drinks available

Your future

A degree in Migration Studies with a sociological approach, especially one from a recognised centre of excellence like Essex, opens many doors.

This course provides excellent preparation for establishing a career in policy making, human rights organisations or to continue further academic study. Many of our postgraduates go on to successful academic careers, both in the UK and overseas.

We work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A degree with an overall 2:1.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.

The Context of Integration: Origin, Destination and the Children of Immigrants
Dissertation

What interests you? Do you want to deepen your knowledge, build invaluable research skills and develop your academic freedom? Your dissertation lets you study a topic of your choosing, in depth, with supervision and guidance from our world-leading academics.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

How do you critically analyse quantitative data? What are the appropriate statistical techniques for your research questions? And how do you interpret your results? Learn to conduct investigations relevant to your own research, as well as be a critical user of other research.

View Introduction to Quantitative Analysis on our Module Directory

Panel Data Methods

How do you interpret studies using panel data? What are the various approaches to panel data analysis? And can you analyse the same data using different methods? Gain the knowledge and confidence to manipulate panel data sets, while developing practical skills in selecting and conducting panel data analysis.

View Panel Data Methods on our Module Directory

Citizenship, International Migration and Human Rights (optional)

Teaching

  • Your compulsory modules include a broad overview of migration theory and current issues in migration studies, which will help inform your dissertation and allow networking with other migration studies students
  • Migration Studies postgraduates are encouraged to take advantage of the strong research culture and multiple seminar series in the Sociology department, as well as the multi-disciplinary workshops organised by the Centre for Migration Studies

Assessment

  • Coursework is designed to help you develop your ability to critically synthesize existing literature, present new ideas and concepts clearly both in writing and verbally, and to identify research questions and appropriately choose methods to address them

Dissertation

  • Your 15,000 word dissertation will allow you to complete a piece of original research closely supervised by a member of staff
  • Your dissertation will serve as proof of competence of the skills acquired during the programme, suitable for entrance into further study or as a writing sample for employment.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£7,560

International fee

£16,750

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

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  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

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