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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 

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 1 - 2 years

School: Social Sciences

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

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.

Faculty Closing Dates

Mid-year Entry (July 2021)

Closing dateProgramme of Study
06/30/21 Master of Arts in ICT Policy & Regulation
05/31/21 Doctor of Philosophy
05/31/21 Bachelor of Arts Honours
09/30/21 Bachelor of Arts Honours (Part-Time)
07/31/21 Master of Arts by Dissertation
07/31/21 Master of Arts in Social Work by Dissertation
07/31/21 Master of Arts in Speech Pathology by Dissertation
07/31/21 Master of Arts in Translation by Dissertation
07/31/21 Master of Arts in Heritage by Dissertation
07/31/21 Master of Music by Dissertation
07/31/21 Doctor of Philosophy
07/31/21 Master of Education by Dissertation

2022 Entry. Applications open 1 April 2021

Close SA CitizensClose International CitizensProgramme of Study
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts by Course Work and Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Audiology by Course Work and Research
04/05/2021 04/05/2021 Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
10/06/2021 10/06/2021 Master of Arts in Community Based Counselling Psychology
31/10/2021 30/09/2021 Master of Arts in Speech Pathology by Course Work and Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Heritage by Course Work and Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Neuropsychology by Course Work and Research
31/10/2021 30/09/2021 Master of Arts in Social Work by Course Work and Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in the field of ICT Policy and Regulation
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Translation by Course Work and Research
31/10/2021 31/10/2021 Doctor of Philosophy
31/10/2021 30/09/2021 Bachelor of Arts Honours (Full Time)
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Bachelor of Arts  with Joint Honours
30/09/2021 30/09/2021 Bachelor of Arts Honours (Part Time)
30/09/2021 30/09/2021 Master of Arts by Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Audiology by Research
31/10/2021 30/09/2021 Master of Arts in Social Work by Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Speech Pathology by Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Translation by Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Dramatic Art by Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Fine Art by Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Arts in Heritage by Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Music by Research
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Postgraduate Diploma in Translation and Interpreting
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Education by Course Work and Research
15/06/2021 15/06/2021 Master of Education (Educational Psychology)
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Doctor of Philosophy
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Bachelor of Education Honours
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Master of Education by Dissertation
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Full Time)
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Deaf Education)
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Part Time)
30/11/2021 31/10/2021 Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
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