University of London International Programmes

University of London International Programmes

Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

The course provides a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the field of international refugee law and forced migration. It is unique in being the only programme of its type offered by distance learning.

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. 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.

Course modules

Core modules: protecting human rights, refugees and displaced persons in international law; an introduction to refugee and forced migration studies; dissertation; elective modules: asylum law in Europe: towards regional harmonisation of international protection; asylum and refugees in africa and Latin America (alternative models for refugee protection); internal displacement in law and policy: war and beyond; gender, sexual identity and age in the refugee context; elective modules; securing refugee protection in practice; advanced international refugee law; statelessness, nationality and the protection of stateless persons; displacement, healthcare and humanitarian action.

Assessment methods

Elective modules are assessed via two E-tivities (30 percent) and the submission of a piece of coursework of 3000 to 4000 words, depending on the module. The dissertation is assessed in 2 parts. Submission of a research proposal will count towards 15 percent of the overall dissertation mark and 85 percent will be made up by the submission of the dissertation thesis. The dissertation modules include completion of the research methods and methodology course 'researching refugees' (non-assessed).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning (full-time) GBP 7,720 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Distance learning (full-time) GBP 7,720 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Distance learning (full-time) GBP 7,720 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Distance learning (full-time) GBP 7,720 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

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