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Migration and Global Development MA

Migration and Global Development MA

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Immigration Studies Development Politics Development Economics Human Geography Anthropology

Course type


Course Summary

Are you involved in work with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers? Or are you contemplating entering this field? This course will broaden your understanding of the relevant theories, concepts, and policies.

Explore issues of governance, rights and diversity that shape migrants’ life chances. You'll examine migration processes and their consequences for today’s societies. Teaching is interdisciplinary, drawing insights from sociology, human geography, anthropology, development studies, politics, law, psychology, education, economics, and demography.

You will have the opportunity to pursue your interests. You can explore topics including:

  • transnationalism, migration, and development
  • governance and human rights
  • refugees, citizenship, integration, and cultural diversity.

We have strong links with government bodies, international organisations and NGOs. This includes the International Organization for Migration and Refugee Action. This MA also draws on the expertise of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, located within the School of Global Studies.


This course prepares you for careers in the areas of:

  • international organisations and NGOs
  • local government authorities
  • charities with a migration focus.
  • You could also continue your studies with a PhD.


This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to your dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare you if you plan to take a work placement over the summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.