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 want to engage with a country in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language courses will enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the 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 a selecting from optional modules. You will have the option of studying the degree from either:

  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, with graduates moving on to find employment in lectureships and professorships throughout the world in areas such as information and technology, government service, the media and tourism. 

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

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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duration:
2 years full time, 4 years part time

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 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.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.

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
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 30 Full Year
Plus

A module(s) from the list of Anthropology & Sociology options below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus
15PANH002 Ethnographic Research Methods (non-credit bearing component)

This will not count towards the total of 315 credits, but students are required to audit this module, i.e. to attend lectures (without attending seminars or submitting any assessments).

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

Modules from the list of Anthropology & Sociology options below or from the  list of options in other departments below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Media Production Skills (Group B) 15PANH050 15 Term 2
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Modules in Other Department
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 1
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 1
Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 1
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 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 30 Full Year
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Migrant Labour in the Global Economy 15PDSH032 15 Term 2

 

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, teaching is centred mainly around lectures and seminars. For the core module in the first term, there is a one hour thematic lecture, followed by a 1 hour tutorial. Lectures and seminars are often taken by different teachers to provide a variety of angles on the subject.  The majority of the student’s time will be through their own independent study. Students become more active in class through their reading and essay-writing and should greatly enhance their participation in discussion groups.

The Dissertation

These are taken by final-year students only, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

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 2019/20 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
£9,685 £19,930
Scholarships
Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00

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.

This programme will endow you with specialist understanding of producers, audiences, and other cultural and social aspects of mass media. Over the years the SOAS department has trained numerous leading anthropologists who have gone on to occupy lectureships and professorships throughout the world. Equally, students gain skills during their degree that transfer well to areas such as information and technology, government service, the media and tourism.  

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 visit our Graduate Destinations page.

A Student's Perspective

The programme is structured so that students are given a huge choice of options covering a wide geographic, thematic and conceptual scope. This breadth and the inter-disciplinary nature of the programme guarantee that students bring diverse academic knowledge and professional experiences to tutorials and the postgraduate community. Further, the seminars and events organised by the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies really complement the course, convening scholars and students from various disciplines to discuss migration and diaspora issues.

James Ingram

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