MA in Migration, Society and Policy

School of Law

The postgraduate programme MA in Migration, Society and Policy will be hosted by the School of Law at Middlesex University. Based in the School of Law, this programme benefits from the contribution of internationally renowned experts on migration, asylum and ethnic diversity, who operate within prominent European and global networks of researchers and practitioners. Middlesex University has an outstanding reputation in conducting local, national and international research in this area, using interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. Many of our academics work as consultants and advisors for international organisations, community groups and the public and private sector, as well as contributing to the academic debate with cutting-edge publications and regular events.

Course Highlights
  • A chance to learn from experts in migration who in 2015 were awarded an ESRC grant to carry out research into the ongoing Mediterranean migrant crisis
  • Opportunities of placements and internships with local, national and international NGOs and public sector organisations
  • The chance to carry out fieldwork and work experience across Europe, including in Italy, Spain, Belgium and Malta
  • The opportunity to take part in national and international events with leading academics and practitioners
Course Structure

The study programme is shaped to contain both theoretical and practical modules and allows the students to acquire skills which can be directly applied in their future work environments. The core modules are Migration, Theories and Approaches, Migration, Politics and Policies, Researching Migration, Contemporary Debates in Migration and Asylum and Dissertation or Work Integrated Learning (60 credits), while the optional modules comprise International Migration and the Law, EU Free Movement, Immigration and Asylum Law, Politics of Globalisation, Foreign Policy Analysis: Geopolitical Perspectives, and Work Integrated Learning (20 credits).

Aims of the Course
  • Acquire the theoretical and methodological means to explore critically the different aspects of migration studies
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of key social and policy issues around migration and asylum
  • Acquire a good understanding of relevant policy-making at local, national and international level
  • Obtain a portfolio of practical skills in policy analysis and social research
  • Acquire the tools to develop your own research into migration issues
  • Develop the ability to apply research, policy and best practice principles to complex situations relevant to your own area of work or career aspirations

With migration regularly at the top of the European and global agenda, the need for skilled professionals who can make sense of the raw data, grasp complex policy systems and assess their impact on contemporary societies is more apparent than ever.

Completing this course will open up opportunities for career development in a wide range of professions, including:

  • NGOs, the public sector and the private sector as an officer, researcher or policy analyst
  • Public and community sector service provision, including advice and welfare
  • PhD/academic career
  • International and European organisations.
PG Diploma and PG Certificate

In addition to the full MA, training in migration, society and policy is also offered as a PG Diploma or PG Certificate, to allow more flexibility for prospective students.

Academic Team

Programme Leader: Dr Alessio D’Angelo

Wider academic team: Professor Brad Blitz, Professor Eleonore Kofman, Dr Elena Vacchelli,


Full-time: 1 year; part-time: 2 years


Hendon Campus, London NW4 4BT, United Kingdom

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications. Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate three years’ relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

Contact details

Dr Alessio D’Angelo

Social Policy Research Centre

Middlesex University, Hendon Campus,

The Burrows, London NW4 4BT,

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 8411 4818




For further information, visit the webpage on Middlesex University‘s website.