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Wits University Faculty of Humanities
Migration and Displacement The Master of Arts in the field of Migration and Displacement is a 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time degree by coursework and research report.
Migration and Displacement The Master of Arts in the field of Migration and Displacement is a 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time degree by coursework and research report.

Qualification: MA 

School: Social Sciences

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 1 - 2 years

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

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 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.

Requirements: 
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.

Required Submission:

  • 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.

Requirements: 
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.

Honours:

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent with 65% course mark aggregate in a third year major.
  • At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.

Masters by Coursework and Research Report:

  • A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate

Masters by Dissertation:

  • A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application

Doctorate:

  • A masters degree from Wits or another university with a 70% total mark aggregate
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application
Additional Entry Requirements

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.

  • Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

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