Our MSc Migration Studies: Policy and Practice course offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and capabilities in professional practice or policymaking focused on issues of migration and working with migrant populations. You will gain a range of skill sets to work with diverse migrant and minority populations, or to obtain employment with specialist agencies who support migrant and minority communities.
Throughout the course, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques and research methods applicable to research or advanced scholarship on international migration and diaspora communities. You will also develop a critical awareness and systematic understanding of the current knowledge, theory and evidence-based practice relevant to the field of migration studies, as well as current areas of scholarly interest and policy relevance. Close attention is paid to ethical perspectives and social justice considerations throughout the course.
Our course at Buckinghamshire New University uniquely embeds deep knowledge of Roma and other Traveller communities into the curricula, informed by many years of working with well-established community networks. This specialist knowledge will enable you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the transnational Roma community experience, pre and post-migration, whilst you learn from academics, which include lecturers from the Roma communities who are themselves migrants.
Our course is also unique because the design of our dissertation allows you to explore non-traditional approaches in a range of fields, including innovative opportunities to produce performances, texts, visual arts and more.
On completion of this course, you will be able to evaluate migration policy formulation and interventions, whilst effectively communicating the implications and practical applications of your research. You will also be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the lived experiences of migrants in society, the social construction of their identities, and their agency. Your learning will support the development of a systematic and critical understanding of processes through which policies impacting migrant, minority and diasporic communities are formulated, implemented, developed and evaluated.
The course is delivered online but for participants undertaking modules or a dissertation in a practice-based subject, arrangements may be made to enable access to specialist facilities or training; subject to agreement with the academic team. We will also include guest lectures from cutting edge specialists in relevant fields and pertinent optional modules.
Where appropriate and possible (Covid-19 restrictions may apply) optional fieldwork visits may be provided. Online access to specialist collections, resources or locations of interest to select modules might also be offered. There will also be the encouragement of travel* (Covid-19 restrictions may apply) to various settings of relevance to studies in migration.
*Any associated costs will be incurred by students.
Teaching methods on the course will include:
Online classroom-based activities (utilising Blackboard Collaborate)
Independent learning methods
Practical online-based sessions (including role-playing and simulations)
A range of summative assessment methods may be employed on this course, as follows:
Time Constrained Examinations
Professional Style Reports e.g. court reports, expert witness reports
Risk assessment/management reports
The final empirical dissertation represents a major piece of independent research activity within your chosen field of migration. This will involve a number of options including collecting original empirical (quantitative or qualitative) data from participants, or equivalent alternatives such as computational modelling of empirical or secondary data analysis, making use of large data sets, or an extended literature review or a performance piece. It will be undertaken with support from an academic supervisor delivered via regular meetings throughout the academic year.
What are my career prospects
Enhanced opportunities in understanding the complexities of international migration and community relations, both pre-and post-diasporic community formation, are increasingly recognised as essential to ensuring reflective decision-making in a variety of fields.
For example, these issues are key to policy and practice leadership and strategic development within international organisations, for those working in:
Policy and practice
Leadership and strategic development within international organisations
National and local governments
Third Sector and Front Line Response agencies
Diversity and Inclusion
Undertaking a programme of this type will also act as a feeder pathway to Level 8 studies providing eligibility to provide for a PhD or Prof Doc. in a related research field.