International Migration

University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies

Course Options
  • MAFull-time, Part-timeJanuary, September1 - 2 yearEUR 17350 total
Course Information

Migrants: the motor of development in a country, or a drain on the economy? A source of vibrant cultural contributions or a threat to local culture? Can a migrant be politically active in his or her country of origin, and also be integrated in his or her host country? How can states best protect migrants’ human rights, including those of trafficking victims, while maintaining control over their borders? What can states legitimately ask of newcomers in terms of integration? What role can migrants or refugees play in helping to develop, or rebuild, their home country after a conflict, natural disaster or independence?

In the MA in International Migration, you ask all of these questions and more. You examine these questions from different actor perspectives and from different disciplinary perspectives. Both theoretical and policy perspectives are studied in order to gain an in-depth, analytical understanding of the issues. Using this approach, you study a wide variety of topics on migration and integration to offer a more comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon of migration and its role in societies today.

The defining feature of the MA programme is its interdisciplinary character. You gain an in-depth understanding of the broader field of migration while being able to specialise in a particular migration issue (for instance, human trafficking, asylum or forced migration, or integration and citizenship, or the transnational engagement of a migrant group in its home country) and to examine the links between migration and fields ranging from development economics and conflict analysis to human rights law or international migration law.

The Brussels School is an ideal location for studies in international migration. There are numerous migration-related policy briefings and conferences – for instance, at think tanks or the European Parliament. Brussels is also characterised by numerous migration-related NGOs, interest groups and international organisations’ EU liaison offices.

The programme is suitable either for students who have recently completed their undergraduate studies or those who have some experience working with migrants/refugees or on migration or related issues.

Possible modules could include

Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship

Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights

Identity, the State and Belonging

Gender in Conflict, Migration and Development

Human Security in Forced Migration

European Union Migration Law

International Human Rights Law

Entry Requirements For This Course

A first or upper-second class honours degree or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in a relevant subject or equivalent. For other international entry requirements, please contact the School.

Course Contact Details


Michael Sewell


+32 2641 1721

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