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Postgraduate Degree Courses

Postgraduate Degrees in Migration & Displacement Studies


Masters of Arts (MA) in Migration and Displacement by Coursework and Research Report (AC000)

Our MA in Migration and Displacement encompasses public health, political science, sociology, urban planning, development studies and other disciplines. With migration being an important and hotly debated topic worldwide, the study of migration has wide-ranging academic and practical applications. Graduate students are equipped with a comprehensive conceptual framework and the practical skills necessary to understand, analyse and advise on the drivers, impacts and management of migration within academia, government and the NGO world.

Intended to advance candidates’ critical engagement with theories and practices of migration and displacement, this degree is suitable for those who would like to advance their scholarly training in migration studies. Successful applicants to the MA in Migraton and Displacmennt will possess a strong Honours or four-year undergraduate degree (typically with an average of 65% or above) in a social science or related discipline. Candidates with relevant professional experience will also be considered. Limited fellowship support is offered to exceptional students from other countries in Africa.

Students are expected to complete two mandatory courses, an additional course and a research report.

The Mandatory Courses

  • Introduction to Migration and Displacement  (First Semester) (SOSS 7027)
  • The Logics and Methods of Migration Research (First Semester) (SOSS 7026)

Additional Course (choice of 1 course)

  • An additional course offer by the African Centre for Migration & Society (subject to confirmation and availability).
  • Another course offered in the second semester within the School of Social Sciences or elsewhere in the university.

Required Submission:

  • Research Report Submission 12 months after enrolment (Mid February the following year)

Masters of Arts (MA) in Migration and Displacement by Research (AR000)

The MA by research is intended to advance candidates' critical engagement with the theory and practices of migration and displacement. A Masters by research is intended for advanced students with prior social science research experience, a background in migration studies, and the desire for advanced scholarly training. Evaluation is based solely on the successful completion of a research report of around 50,000 words.

Limited fellowship opportunities are offered to exceptional students from other countries in Africa while South African students are encouraged to apply for support from the University. To inquire about this opportunity, email the teaching liaison officer, Naledi Mazibuko –

Submission of the research report based on substantial, primary-source research is normally expected 12 months after enrolment for full-time students. Part-time students have up to two years to complete the project.

PhD in Migration and Displacement (AD002)

The PhD in Migration and Displacement is suitable for those who intend to have a career in research either inside or outside the academy. The degree generally requires no coursework. Successful doctoral applicants must have a strong undergraduate degree and Masters qualification; a substantive background in a migration-related field; and a demonstrated ability to conduct methodologically sound, independent research (academic or otherwise). Strong students who do not meet all of these qualifications may be admitted on the condition that they register for a research methods course and/or the core courses of the Master programme, or complete a Masters degree through the programme. Full-time students have two years -and part-time students four years - to complete the degree.