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Refugee Studies MSc London South Bank University




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This masters will develop your critical engagement with the theories and practices of forced migration and development studies. In-depth knowledge of both disciplines is critical to understand and explain the causes and consequences of forced migration. Taught by internationally recognised members of staff with a range of innovative research experiences, the course is interdisciplinary. It requires the use of theoretical and methodological insights, knowledge and perspectives of different disciplines. This provides opportunities for in-depth understanding and explanation of the problem of Forced Migration and its interface with other social science disciplines, such as development studies, law, sociology, anthropology, political science and psychology. Throughout the course, you’ll also engage in volunteering. Students have volunteered in different organisations , including the UK Refugee Council, British Red Cross, UNHCR, Chance UK, Naz Project London and Eaves in South London. These organisations provide support, advice and advocacy to asylum-seekers, including women who’ve experienced violence, such as trafficking, prostitution, domestic and sexual violence. MSc Refugee Studies is led by Professor Gaim Kibreab, an internationally recognised expert on forced migration, resettlement, repatriation and development, conflict, environment, water resources governance, post-conflict reconstruction, gender and development, livelihoods, governance and civil society.


The aims and outcomes of this course are designed to develop your knowledge and skills that are relevant to working with forced migrants, including asylum-seekers, refugees, IDPs, oustees and other categories of forced migrants and also for working in refugee-producing and hosting countries world-wide, inter-governmental organisations, such as the UNHCR, non-governmental orgisations, immigration lawyers, lobbying and advocacy groups. The Home Office and immigration authorities in the EU and member states are potential employers of our graduates. Previous students have entered careers in many fields working for international organisations such as the United Nations and its constituent organisations. Through our pool of visiting lecturers and practitioners, the MSc Refugee Studies networks with activists, academics and practitioners. These networks provide students an opportunity not only to learn about job opportunities but also establish contacts that may prove to be useful in search of employment opportunities. Students’ employability is enhanced by developing their transferable and problem-solving analytical and evaluative skills. Some graduates of the MSc Refugee Studies have established their own NGOs and are serving asylum-seekers, refugees and internally displaced persons in their countries of origin.

Course options

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Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

Fee for 2019/20 entry is £13780 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2020/21 entry.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Southwark Campus

103 Borough Road,

Kensington and Chelsea,


SE1 0AA, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students who holding a first degree (minimum of 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division) in any discipline such as lawyers who want to specialise in Refugee Law are considered. Those with or without degrees who work or want to work with refugee oriented NGOs, community-based organisations and government departments. We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C. Students without standard qualifications for this course should produce evidence they are suitable for study at this level e.g. Work experience in NGOs, United Nations Agencies, government departments involved in processing applications for asylum, assistance of asylum seekers and refugees and their families, in law or other firms that work with refugees and asylum seekers or organisations that provide advice to asylum seekers. Such applicants will also be interviewed and asked to submit an essay to test written and oral communication skills along with their knowledge and understanding of the problem of forced migration.

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