799C Dissertation (MA) in Migration and Diaspora Studies

Key information

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Module overview

The MA dissertation gives you a unique opportunity to pursue a long-standing or new interest and/or to explore, in some depth, a topic that is relevant to your anticipated career and/or future research plans.

The 10,000 word dissertation must be submitted by September in the final year of study. The topic is chosen by the student, with guidance from the MA programme convenor and/or dissertation supervisor (who will be allocated early in Term 2). Students should link their topic with themes and concerns raised in the MA programme's core modules, but may also wish to pursue angles of inquiry suggested by option modules that speak to their own particular interests, whether disciplinary, geographic or thematic in focus.

There is also ample scope for developing such special interests by taking advantage of the rich calendar of regular seminars and special lectures at SOAS, organised by all the School’s departments and centres.


Compulsory for all final-year students on:

  • MA Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • MA Migration and Diaspora Studies + Intensive Language

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Demonstrate their command of relevant literature in anthropology and allied fields, as appropriate to the topic
  • Work independently under the guidance of an academic supervisor
  • Pursue independent research involving secondary and in some cases primary sources in their field
  • Organize their ideas in response to relevant theoretical and empirical material, and plan and develop a written argument in relation to this
  • Present their data and articulate their arguments coherently and clearly


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