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 Migration and Displacement 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 offered 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.
- Research Report Submission 12 months after enrolment (Mid February the following year)
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.
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.