SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Migration and Diaspora Studies and Intensive Language (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

Our MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is a broad-based degree for students who want to receive research training in migration and diaspora, as well as humanitarian and refugee studies, including a relevant language as part of the specialisation.

The degree prepares you to proceed to advanced postgraduate research or to work as practitioners in fields related to migration, refugees and humanitarian relief.

This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of migration and diaspora with expertise in a regional language. It prepares students to apply their knowledge in a specific region by achieving proficiency in a language.

This MA Migration and Diaspora Studies is designed for students who:

  • wish to know more of the transnational nature of the modern world
  • wish to engage with critical theories to understand the management of mobility and the impact of humanitarian relief
  • wish to understand the role of migration in the major political and cultural processes of the contemporary world
  • come from other disciplines, such as Law or Politics, and now wish to incorporate an anthropological perspective on issues of migration and diaspora
 The degree offers students a chance to pursue their specific areas of interest by selecting from optional modules;
  1. a broad-based perspective enhancing your knowledge in light of continuing contemporary research
  2. a specific area, allowing you to study diaspora and migration issues in depth in relation to a particular discipline or region
The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is considerably enriched by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, which runs seminars, films and public lectures and also hosts a number of international scholars. The Centre is also a part of a migration research network of London colleges including LSE and UCL. Students on the programme therefore have unparalleled access to a critical body of scholars and scholarship on migration and diaspora related issues.This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record. See Employment for more information.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Programme Convenor, Dr Ruba Salih, at an early stage of their application to seek advice on the most appropriate options for study. For more information email: ruba.salih@soas.ac.uk 

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
2 years full time, 4 years part time

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
£10,170
Overseas fees:
£20,930

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Migration and Diaspora Studies

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

Students are also required to audit 15PANH002 Ethnographic Research Methods, i.e. to attend lectures for this module (without attending seminars or submitting any assessments). The module does not count towards the total of 315 credits.

The structure of the programme can be adjusted for those who wish to take the programme part-time over a period of four years and/or for those who have a previous background in Anthropology. For more information email: anthsoc@soas.ac.uK

Please see the relevant web pages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics for information on the Intensive Language part of the programme.

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Cultures of Resistance and the Dissolution of Boundaries 15PANH085 15 Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Migration, Space, Identities 15PANH086 15 Term 1
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1

* NOTE: Students are required to audit the lectures for Ethnographic Research Methods, but it will not count towards the required 180 credits. Students who wish to take this module for credit may do so as part of their guided options.

AND

Guided Module(s) from any of the lists below, OR modules from the Postgraduate Open Options List, to the value of 30 credits.

AND

Language Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Guided Module(s) from any of the lists below, OR modules from the Postgraduate Open Options List, to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation

All students are required to take the compulsory dissertation module worth 60 credits.

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term
Anthropology of Development and Sustainability: Global Challenges and Alternative Futures 15PANH083 15 Term 2
Anthropology of Development and Sustainability: History, Politics and Culture 15PANH084 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Food: Diet, Society and Environment 15PANH090 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Food: Politics, Place and Mobility 15PANH087 15 Term 2
Body politics: the anthropology of "race", gender and desire 15PANH082 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 1
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
From Theory to Practice and Back: Work Placements in Migration Research 15PG NH010 15
Issues in Anthropology and Climate Change 15PANH070 15 Term 2
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 1
Medical Anthropology: Bodies and Cultures 15PANH088 15 Term 2
Medical Anthropology: Global Perspectives 15PANH089 15 Term 1
Modules in Other Department
Module Code Credits Term
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 1
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 1
Queering Migrations and Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 2
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 2
Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 15 Term 2
Migration and Development 15PDSC006 30 Full Year
Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Race and Caste 15PPOH070 15 Term 2
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Labour, Activism and Global Development 15PDSH032 15 Term 2
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 2
Political Theory, Race and Empire 15PPOH045 15 Term 2
Labour, Activism and Global Development 15PDSH032 15 Term 2
White Supremacy and African Resistance in Colonial Southern Africa 15PHIH002 15 Term 1

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Yes (summer)

Teaching & Learning

SOAS also has a large range of options on migration and diaspora related issues across the school. Teaching methods and assessment vary across these options, and their availability will depend on appropriate staff being available in the relevant academic year.

In addition, students are required to attend the weekly seminars held by the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, where they will hear international scholars give papers on a variety of migration and diaspora related topics. The seminars provide an invaluable backdrop for the transdisciplinary approach of the programme overall. Students are also encouraged to apply to the London in Motion workshop: https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/ 

The student learning experience is also be enhanced by the public lectures, films and workshops the Centre organises.

Modules

During the academic year, modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and/or seminars. Students can expect an average of two hours of classroom time per week for each module. Outside of the classroom, students explore topics of the module through independent study and through personal exchanges with teachers and fellow students. In some cases, modules are taught by several teachers within the department to provide students with an array of perpsectives on the subject. All modules involve the active participation of students in the discussion of ideas, viewpoints and readings.

The Dissertation

The MA Migration and Diaspora culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation, based on original research on a topic of the student's own choosing and developed in discussion with a supervisor.

Aims and Outcomes
  • To introduce students to important areas of contemporary social theory which deal with issues of migration, globalisation, the postcolonial world, and cultural transformations
  • To ground students in the historical basis of these issues
  • To encourage transdisciplinary thinking on issues of migration
  • To enable students to translate theoretical perspectives for practical application in the material world
  • To provide students with a near proficient ability in a language

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£10,170 £20,930
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Ghana

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Japan

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Nigeria

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – South Korea

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2020-06-05 15:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A Masters in Migration and Diaspora Studies helps you to understand the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised.

Postgraduate students leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical and critical skills; ability to gather, assess and interpret data; high level of cultural awareness; and problem-solving.  

A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

I’m from Haiti, and my experiences there have helped me become sensitive to social and class struggles and political turmoil, which are topics that Anthropology provides tools for analysing.

Adele Austin

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