Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies provides a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the field of international refugee law and forced migration. It enables students to acquire a solid legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration, developing expertise through a choice of elective modules. Attendees will hone their self-reliance in dealing with - and critiquing - law, policy and practice in the field, and will also learn how to gather, organise and deploy evidence to form balanced judgements and develop policy recommendations. This is an online programme, with access to the course content through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE also gives you access to: Associate tutors who provide academic guidance throughout your studies; academically rigorous and up-to-date learning materials and resources; online tasks and assessments ('e-tivities') plus seen examinations for each of the modules; peer to peer learning in online discussion forums; access to world-class online library facilities. The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies has its foundations in the teaching and research of a leading centre in refugee law, the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI). The RLI is the leading national academic centre in the United Kingdom dedicated exclusively to International Refugee Law. The RLI is part of the Human Rights Consortium of the University of London's School of Advanced Study. The programme directors for the course are Dr David James Cantor, Director of the RLI and a recognised specialist in the field, and Dr Sarah Singer, academic at the RLI and Lecturer in Human Rights Law at the School of Advanced Study. This MA enables you to combine your studies with your ongoing professional and domestic commitments. It is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in a range of professional contexts in the refugee, human rights or humanitarian fields.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK upper 2nd class honours degree, in a social science related subject, from an institution acceptable to the University. If you do not meet the entrance requirements you may still apply. Each application will be considered on an individual basis by the Programme Director. For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous 3 years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level: IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a score of at least 6.0 in the Reading and Writing sub-tests. Tests of English proficiency from other providers will be considered on an individual basis. Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes that they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

Course modules

Core and elective modules are run in 2 study sessions (16 weeks) throughout the year, while the dissertation module (30 weeks) is divided into 4 study sessions. Attendees register for 1 core module or 2 elective modules per session of study and should expect to devote between 15-20 nominal hours a week to their studies during these periods. MA: 6 modules (2 core, 4 elective) plus a dissertation. The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies is designed to be studied part-time over a 2 year period. In the 1st year it is recommended that 2 core modules are taken, whilst in the 2nd year there is the opportunity to develop expertise through a choice of 4 elective modules. Applicants aiming to complete the programme in 2 years, should choose 2 elective modules per session. The dissertation is divided into 4 study sessions and includes the (non-assessed) research methods and methodology course, 'Researching Refugees'. Core modules: Protecting human rights, refugees and displaced persons in international law; an introduction to refugee and forced migration studies; dissertation. Optional modules include: Asylum and refugees in Africa and Latin America: alternative models for refugee protection, internal displacement in law and policy; war and beyond; statelessness, nationality and the protection of stateless persons; displacement, healthcare and humanitarian action.

Assessment methods

Each core module is assessed via a final seen open-book examination, which comprises 70% of the overall grade, and 4 online assessments (E-tivities), which make up 30% of the overall grade. Elective modules are assessed via 2 E-tivities (30%) and a seen open-book examination (70%). The E-tivities are designed to feed towards the final examination. The only exception is the humanitarian practice module 'Securing Refugee Protection in Practice', which is assessed by one piece of written work in lieu of an examination. The dissertation is assessed in 2 parts. Submission of a research proposal will count towards 15% of the overall dissertation mark and 85% will be made up by the submission of the dissertation thesis. Examinations are held twice a year in exam centres around the world as well as in London.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (International) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (England) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (International) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,000 per Whole course (England) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Refugee Law Initiative Camden WC1E 7HU South East

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