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Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

M.A. Online
24 months
4285 GBP/year
4285 GBP/year
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This Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies programme from University of London is the only programme of its type to be offered by distance learning, and has quickly become one of the largest programmes on forced migration anywhere in the world.

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The Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies programme from University of London provides a solid legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration.

You will become more independent in managing and critiquing law, policy and practice, and also in gathering, organising and deploying evidence to form balanced judgements and develop policy recommendations.

Modes of study: Online

Career opportunities

This MA is designed for anyone who wishes to pursue careers in a range of professional contexts in the refugee, human rights or humanitarian fields. By combining your studies with your existing commitments, you will be able to maintain your career momentum.

Potential employers include international agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Protecting human rights, refugees and displaced persons in international law 
  • An introduction to refugee and forced migration studies 
  • Asylum law in Europe: towards regional harmonisation of international protection 
  • Asylum and refugees in Africa and Latin America: regional models for refugee protection in the global south 
  • Internal displacement in law and policy: war and beyond
  • Gender, sexual identity and age in the refugee context 
  • Securing refugee protection in practice 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

You need an undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) that is comparable to a UK upper second class honours degree. You can still apply without this, and we will consider each application on its merits.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4285 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8570 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4285 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8570 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies
University of London