Global Refugee Studies – Specialization of International Relations, M.Sc. | Aalborg University | Copenhagen, Denmark
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Global Refugee Studies – Specialization of International Relations

24 months
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The Global Refugee Studies – Specialization of International Relations programme of Aalborg University is a two-year international MSc specialisation with a strong research component which focuses on refugees and forced migration. 


In the Global Refugee Studies – Specialization of International Relations programme of Aalborg University you will study international and national responses to displacement, mobility and refugees with emphasis on its role as an intrinsic part of broader processes of development, political, social and economic change and globalisation. Global Refugee Studies offers multidisciplinary teaching that enables students to understand the nature of both internal and international forced migration in contexts of conflict, repression, security, natural disasters, environmental change, mal-development, poverty, asylum, and policy-making. 

With forced migration as the focal point we offer students a theoretical and comprehensive understanding of human mobility, international refugees and internally displaced people and situate displacement in a broad historical, international and human perspective. You gain the ability to analyse the complex and varied nature of causes and implications of refugee and migration issues, and of the needs and aspirations of forcibly displaced people themselves. You will practice applying your knowledge and methodological and analytical skills in problem oriented group work and have the opportunity to perform in an internship, preparing you to engage in problem solving strategies and policy-making locally, nationally, internationally and non-governmentally.

Job and Career

For some students it may lead to PhD studies or a career in teaching and research, while for many others it will open the door to a professional career in a number of areas in which development and international relations is a central component, such as:

  • business and industry
  • international trade
  • government and international service
  • civil societies/NGOs

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International relations and international law in a refugee context 
  • Methodology and methods course
  • Project work 
  • Topics within Mobility and Displacement, Culture, Identity and Politics 
  • Applied methods for humanitarian and development work

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The admission requirement for the program is a completed relevant bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degrees in a social science discipline are considered relevant.
  • In addition, a Bachelor's degree is considered relevant if it includes a minimum of 30 ECTS credits within one or more of the following subject areas: International relations, development studies, European studies, international political economy, area studies (e.g. China Studies or Latin American Studies), migration studies, refugee studies, cultural studies, globalization studies, integration studies, international law or other central subjects of the program. 

Tuition Fee

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    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Students from outside EU/EEA are required to pay tuition fees in order to study at Aalborg University. 

Living costs for Copenhagen

7928 - 13456 DKK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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