MSc Migration and Mobility Studies

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Faculty Faculty of Arts Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

Migration needs new thinking. The MSc in Migration and Mobility Studies offers a rigorous and exciting approach to the study of migration and its connections to other types of human movement. You will learn about migrant workers and global firms, migratory soundscapes and the relation between migration and racialisation.

Through its innovative combination of arts, social sciences, law and humanities, the MSc will enable you to understand and engage with some of the most pressing political and policy issues of our time.

The programme will:

  • enable you to think critically about migration and migration policies: explore how to think about and work on human movement without turning migration into a problem;
  • learn new methodologies: broaden your research skills, break down disciplinary boundaries, think theoretically, and know why this matters;
  • be taught by leading researchers conducting groundbreaking work on themes such as human movement and freedom, mobility and justice, and histories of citizenship globally;
  • develop career opportunities: transferable skills and knowledge that will be useful in a wide variety of careers from international NGOs, local government and community organising.

Students have benefitted from the programme's established links with partner institutions, such as Bristol City Council, Bristol based migrant and refugee organisations, and the United Nations Head Commissioner for Human Rights.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
UK: part-time (two years)
Overseas: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

In the first teaching block, you will study two core units. Approaches to Migration and Mobility Studies identifies how and why migration and mobility studies developed the way they did, the nature of current debates, and perspectives on the future of the discipline. Taught by experts from departments across the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Law, each module will familiarise you with the respective discipline’s unique approaches to migration and mobility studies.

Research Skills for MSc in Migration and Mobility Studies focuses on research skills that are particularly relevant to the discipline, offering guidelines to research in arts, social sciences, and law subjects. You will gain insight into handling library sources, collections, and archives; compiling a bibliography effectively; and giving effective oral presentations.

You will also choose one optional unit from a list of relevant units.

In the second teaching block, you will study Approaches to Migration and Mobility Studies and select two from a list of relevant optional units.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc Migration and Mobility Studies.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants are required to hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities, law or social sciences discipline. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


You will develop a range of transferable skills, such as archival and library research skills, high standards of literacy and comprehension, articulate verbal presentation skills, research skills and project management skills.

Graduates are well placed to go on to a career in government, international organisations, think tanks, academia, NGOs, or the cultural or heritage industries. Those with a background in law are equipped to pursue further specialisms in migration and mobility law.

Expected application closure date

Migration and Mobility Studies (MSc) has been withdrawn from recruitment and will not be available for admission in 2022.

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