Brussels School of International Studies

 

MA International Migration

Key facts

 

Location: Brussels.
Duration:

  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time.
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.
Fees and funding: More information.
Entry requirements: More information.
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Migration studies is rapidly becoming its own field of academic study, but is, at the same time, suited to practical application. This master's programme in migration allows you to study international migration in an interdisciplinary way and in comparative context. Getting a master's in migration will give you the tools to get a job in this vibrant and fast-changing field.

The MA in International Migration programme is suitable both for individuals who are finishing university and for those who have worked for some years and are seeking a change in career. It is equally suitable for those of you who have already worked with migrants or refugees. Our students typically come from all three groups and from around the world; you will learn not only from your lecturers, but from each other as well.

Your classes will be taught by academics and practitioners. You will learn relevant concepts, legislation and theories surrounding human trafficking, but you will also hear from a humanitarian worker who has worked in the Greek islands and made an initial determination of whether a migrant may potentially be a victim of human trafficking.

Learning the theory behind the phenomena will help you put your own work experience into theoretical context. If you are coming directly from university, you will gain the theoretical and empirical knowledge to draw on when you do enter the job market.

At the same time, the programme will give you a broad understanding of migration. Some of you will use your essays and dissertation to explore different areas of migration in more depth while others of you will focus your essays and dissertation on different aspects of one topic, for instance, refugee resettlement. Either way, you will situate your research within a broader base of migration studies. In looking at states' reactions to refugee flows, you will understand that states receive not only refugees, but also family migrants, labor migrants and students and that citizenship and integration policies and philosophies have an impact on immigration policies as well. It is only through understanding the breadth of migration that you will be able to focus effectively on your particular topic of interest. This programme gives you the context in which to do just that.

This programme allows students to study migration – including human trafficking, asylum and forced migration as well as integration and citizenship. You can choose a secondary specialisation, while still focusing on migration studies. Students often study human rights law, development or international conflict analysis in conjunction with migration. Overall, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the broader field of migration while being able to focus on a particular topic from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The aims of the MA in International Migration are to:

  • Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of social science in general and migration in particular.
  • Offer a critical perspective of the interplay between migration and political, economic and
    social systems and processes.
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of
    social science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of
    migration in particular.
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of major theoretical approaches to
    migration, the historical development of contemporary migration, and the application of
    theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary
    issues and cases in the field.
  • Ensure that students acquire the necessary skills for advanced assessment of
    contemporary problems in migration and their solutions.
  • Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in
    particular through a substantial dissertation.
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Programme Structure:

The MA in International Migration is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

MA in International Migration:

To be awarded an MA in International Migration in the standard version (90 ECTS), students must take:
Three modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory.

and:

Either - a further three modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here. 
Or
 - if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further three modules as detailed below.

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO930 Critical Approaches to Security
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO929 Development Theory and Practice*
PO904 Politics of International Development*
EC878 Development Economics
LW885 Law and Development
PO881 State, Market and Society
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO932 International Relations Theory
LW814 Public International Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Module
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in International Migration. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than three law modules.

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MA in International Migration - Extended Programme:

To be awarded an MA in International Migration in the extended version (120 ECTS), students must take:
Four modules from the following; the modules marked with * are compulsory.

and

Either - a further five modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here
Or
 - if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further five modules as detailed below:

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO930 Critical Approaches to Security
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO929 Development Theory and Practice*
PO904 Politics of International Development*
EC878 Development Economics
LW885 Law and Development
PO881 State, Market and Society
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO932 International Relations Theory
LW814 Public International Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in International Migration. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than four law modules.  

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Name Lucie Thomas
Programme International Migration MA

Hi, I’m Lucie, I’m 25 years old and I’ve been studying here at BSIS since September 2016. I’m enrolled in the MA in International Migration and enjoying studying again in a different environment. I’d previously been working in Paris with Roma migrants, specifically working on a project of access to education for Roma children living in the makeshift camps around Paris. This project was a serious challenge having recently graduated (LLB in Law and European legal studies from Aberdeen in 2014), but it was a fantastic learning experience of hands-on work. Having developed new skills in project management and human rights issues around migration I thought about pursuing my studies further to gain a global understanding on migration issues. 

I was a little anxious at the idea of hitting the books again, especially from a political science perspective. However, bringing this experience into this Masters has been great and so many of the students have different backgrounds, professionally and academically, which makes interesting discussions!

Life in Brussels and at BSIS has been great so far. The diversity in this city is amazing, whether at school or outside of it. Being at the heart of the European Union, there’s always something going on. I could definitely get used to this!

 

 

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Last Updated: 10/11/2017