M.Sc. On Campus

Global Refugee Studies

Aalborg University

24 months
6566 EUR/year
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The Global Refugee Studies programme of Aalborg University is a two-year international MSc specialisation with a strong research component which focuses on refugees and forced migration.


About the programme

In the Global Refugee Studies 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.

Typical job opportunities are in international and national government organizations and non-governmental organizations where analytical work and strategies concerning refugee and migration issues are central.

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
  • International organizations and international law seen in a refugee perspective
  • Political change and development theories
  • Methodology course
  • International political economy
  • Politics, culture, identity

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

  • Most bachelor's degrees in a social science discipline are considered relevant
  • Diploma/Diploma Supplement (If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree). The document must be signed and stamped by your home university
  • Bachelor’s degrees transcripts showing all grades and courses
  • English test or an official receipt confirming that you have registered for a test
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV / Resume
  • Official curriculum/syllabus for your Bachelor’s studies or another official description of your Bachelor’s degree in English
  • Reference letters (optional)
  • Receipt for paid application fee (only applies to non-EU citizens)
  • Danish residence permit card and letter (only applies to non-EU citizens)
  • Official description of the grading system from your home university

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6566 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3283 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • 24,375 DKK per semester

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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