Master of Science by Coursework in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Differences from 2020/21 to 2023/24

  • 1. The course shall be under the supervision of the Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Teaching Committee of the Department of International Development. 

    12. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies for at least three terms full-time and will be expected to attend such lectures and seminars as their supervisor/courseCourse directorDirector shall recommend. 

  • 23. Every Each candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in three writtenfour papers, an individuala research design essay, and a thesis as follows:

    • Papers I-II

      4. Each candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in two core papers:

      Paper I: International Legal and Ethical frameworksFrameworks

      International legal and ethical frameworks in relation to refugees and displaced persons. International and domestic application of individual and group rights to displaced persons and refugees. Activities and involvement of the relevant international organs, governments, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations relevant to forced migration. Concepts of migration and intervention and their justifications. Ethical issues raised by migration.

    • Paper II: Political and Anthropological frameworksFrameworks

      Theories5. Each core paper will be assessed by a written examination in early Trinity term. 

      Papers III-IV: Two elective courses

      6.  Each candidate will be required to choose two elective courses, with at least one from the Refugee and Forced Migration Studies pool, and the second from either the Refugee and Forced Migration Studies pool, the Migration Studies pool, or with the approval of the causesCourse Director, an elective from another degree programme offered by the Department of forcedInternational migrationDevelopment. Candidates will be expected to follow the mode of assessment for the owning programme of the elective. A list of electives including the timings and humanitarian crises. Historical dimensions, political and social dynamicsmethods of forcedassessment migration.will Social,be politicalpublished andby culturalthe constructionsCourse Director at the start of placeMichaelmas andTerm.  

      Research spaceDesign Essay

      7. ImpactEach ofcandidate forcedwill migrationbe on gender relations and age structures. Coercion and conflict. Implications of forced migrants for conceptualising the modern state and the international order. Security and stability of states. States responsesrequired to refugeesubmit movementsa and3,000 immigration. Comparing political forms and their response to refugees. Cooperation and the refugee regime. The lived experiences of refugees and forced migrants through displacement, encampment, resettlement and asylum. The formation of refugee identity, notions of home and belonging. Interactions between forced migrants and aid agencies, governments and the UNHCR. The process of flight and displacement. The experience of encampment and its effects on social systems, memory and identity. Anthropology of humanitarian citizenship, integration and exile.

    • Paper III: Contemporary issues in the study of Forced Migration 

    • Environmental and development-induced displacement. Poverty and vulnerability. Impact of forced migrants on host populations and governments. Agency, coping mechanisms and survival strategies of affected populations. Nationalism, ethnicity and group identity. Consequences of resettlement programmes for livelihood and economic autonomy. Repatriation and local-level social reconstruction. Institutional responses to forced migrants. Refugees and regional politics. The history and politics of humanitarian aid. Border enforcement, deportation, detention, and security. Post-colonial perspectives and criminological perspectives on forced migration.

    • Individualword Research Design Essay

    • Each student must display an understanding of research methods relevant to forced migration. This will be in the form of an individual research design essay of approximately, but no more than 3,000 words. The essay will engage with topics which may include: epistemology of social science; social science paradigms; ethics and values; quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methods of data collection.

      The essay must be presented in a proper scholarly form and submitted electronically via Weblearn, no later than Friday12 noon inon Friday of Week Seven7 of Hilary Term.

      Multidisciplinary thesis 

      8. Only the file submitted via Weblearn shall constitute a valid submission; no additional hard-copy may be submitted, for any purpose.

      Multidisciplinary Thesis

      Each studentcandidate will be required to writesubmit a thesis of not less than 10,000 and not more than 15,000 words on a topic relevant to forced migration. The purpose of this thesis is to ensure that the students have engaged in a multidisciplinary analysis of a single issue in forced migration to gain an awareness of the complex interrelations in the field.

      The topic of the thesis will require approvalapproved by the chairChair of examinersExaminers.   

      9. This thesis must be the work of the candidate alone and aid from others must be limited to prior discussion as to the subject and advice on presentation. The thesis must be submitted electronicallyno vialater Weblearnthan by12 noon on Thursday of Week Eight8 of Trinity Term. 

      10. TheAll thesisassessments must be presentedsubmitted in proper scholarly form, in 1.5 line spacing. Onlyusing the fileUniversity submittedapproved viaonline Weblearnassessment shallplatform. constituteTechnical ainformation validon submission;the no additional hard-copy may be submitted,requirements for anyonline purpose.submissions Theis examiners, with permission, shall retain a copy of all candidates’ theses that achieve a distinction for depositprovided in the SocialCourse Sciences LibraryHandbook.

  • 311. Candidates may be required to attend an oral examination, which may relate toon one orof more elements of the candidate’s assessed work. 


  • 4. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt.