Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies (Distance Learning) (MA) at University of London

University of London
Anywhere, UK
Masters (MA)

2 -5 years
Part time

Course description:

The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the University of London is the only Masters programme of its type to be offered by distance learning, and is one of the largest programmes on forced migration anywhere in the world. Students study between 2 and 5 years by distance and flexible learning, thus allowing them to combine their studies with work or other commitments. The programme provides a solid legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration and students learn to become more independent in critiquing law, policy and practice, and also in gathering, organising and deploying evidence to form balanced judgements and develop policy recommendations.

This programme comprises 6 modules (2 core, 4 elective) and a dissertation component which includes the research methodology course, ‘Researching Refugees’. This MA is designed for anyone who wishes to pursue careers in the refugee, human rights or humanitarian fields. Potential employers include international agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations.


University of London

Entry Requirements:

Applicants need to have an undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) that is comparable to a UK upper second class honours degree. Those who do not have this degree can still apply, and each application will be considered on its merits.

English Language requirements: Applicants will need a high standard of English to study this programme. They should have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of at least 7.0 with at least 6 in reading and writing, within the past 3 years. 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.

Applicants must have the minimum basic computer requirements as their study resources are accessed via the virtual Student Portal. For this degree, they also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.


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