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MA Migration and Intercultural Studies

Gain a firm understanding of the social, cultural, and linguistic issues surrounding migration and develop your language skills with our MA in Migration and Intercultural Studies.

This programme is designed for UK and international graduates coming from a broad range of undergraduate degree subjects who are committed to improving policies and media/social debates surrounding the issue of migration.

Learn more about the MA Migration and Intercultural Studies

Hope photo credit: Luca Prestia from Beyond the Border

What you will learn

This interdisciplinary programme covers a diverse range of topics, including:

  • language studies
  • applied linguistics and sociolinguistics
  • politics and international relations
  • human rights and philosophy
  • international refugee law
  • history of migration phenomena
  • media and literary representations of migration.

Core modules

As part of this course, you will take two compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Migration Studies (40 credits)
  • Language and Migration (30 credits).


You will then have a choice between either

  • a Dissertation (90 credits)


  • an Extended Project (70 credits) and a Work Placement (20 credits).


Optional modules

Students will be able to complement their mandatory modules (Introduction to Migration Studies and Language and Migration) with either:


  • a 20-credit module from the School of Humanities, such as Identity and Conflict in Modern Europe; Language and Power; Diasporas of the Mind: Minority Literatures in Britain; Routes and Roots: Migration in Contemporary World Literature


  • relevant modules from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development; the School of Politics, Economics, and International Relations; or the School of Law (up to 20 credits).


Sample modules are provided as a taster of some of the modules that may be available on the courses described on this website. The University cannot guarantee that a module appearing in this list will definitely run. Optional modules vary from year to year and entry to them will be at the discretion of the programme director. 

Read Julia Gay's experience of the MA


All students interested in studying one of our master's courses are eligible to apply for postgraduate funding.

Both UK and international students can apply for a range of scholarships. UK students can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. You may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries.

Learn more about postgraduate fees and funding at Reading