Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies – An Overview

Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies – An Overview


The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced
Migration Studies is unique in that it is the first postgraduate course on
refugees to be offered by distance learning. This means that you can gain a
University of London degree from anywhere in the world. The MA is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in the refugee human rights or humanitarian
fields. Potential employers include international agencies such as the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of
the Red Cross or the International Organisation on Migration, as well as
governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. The MA is developed and
run by the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London, a leading
global centre for the study of international refugee law. This enables us to draw on the refugee law initiatives extensive network of leading specialists in the field. It brings together tutors from all over the globe and as such is able to offer a level of specialisation that is quite simply not
possible for most on-campus programmes. Our teaching at the Refugee Law Initiative
is grounded in an interdisciplinary approach which combines the perspectives
of law, policy and social sciences. During the first year of the MA programme, you
will study two core modules which provide you regardless of whether or not
you have a legal background, with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of
international law as it relates to the protection of refugees and human rights. You’ll also gain a clear interdisciplinary understanding of the field of forced migration studies, and its key debates. This is complemented in
the second year of the MA by a range of optional modules through which you have
the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of key regions and
thematic areas. And finally for the culmination of your studies, you’ll submit a research dissertation, on a topic of your choice in the refugee and forced migration field. This programme has been specifically designed so you can study from anywhere in the world whilst continuing to work. You’ll study during your own time using the online resources available through
the Virtual Learning Environment. During your studies, you’ll interact with your
module teachers and other students via our online discussion forums. This means
you’ll benefit not only from the expertise of our international network
of tutors but you’re also gain perspectives from students all across
the globe. Many are working directly in the field as they study, as legal
practitioners and officers, government officials and humanitarian workers. So as you can imagine this makes for a very interesting cohort of students and we
find that our students often learn a lot from one another. As well as the forums, there are online activities which you’ll complete and receive feedback on
throughout each module. You’ll be provided with comprehensive study guides
for each module and scanned readings from a variety of journals, textbooks and
monographs. You’ll also have access to the
University of London’s fully searchable online library which contains a huge
stock of journals and primary source materials. The final assessment for each
module will either be a piece of coursework which you’ll submit online or
an examination which can be taken at one of the University of London’s many exam
centres across the globe. All this makes for a very stimulating and engaging
programme and one which I hope you’ll enjoy. I look forward to welcoming you to
our global community of students

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