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Explore the socio-cultural, linguistic, and political issues at the heart of migration

Study the multilingual and intercultural factors that influence policymakers and practitioners, and explore how these factors enhance their interaction with migrants and refugees.  

Optional modules will allow you to explore specialisms in cultural studies, ethics, and environmental studies. You can also pursue your own interests, and develop your expertise, with a dissertation or extended project.

Watch a discussion between staff and students about the MA Migration and Intercultural Studies programme on Youtube

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5th in the UK for research intensity

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2021), 100% of our research submitted in modern languages and linguistics was judged to be of international standing.

Our research performance was exceptionally strong and we were rated joint 4th in the UK for impact and 5th for research intensity. We were also commended for the effective integration of doctoral students into our research environment.


Learn a language alongside your studies

You can learn a language during your time at Reading through the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP).

Modules are offered at up to four different levels (from beginner onwards). You can choose from a range of languages including Arabic, British Sign Language and Japanese.

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Study with our internationally recognised experts

We offer expertise in language and migration studies, translation and cultural change, postcolonial studies, and language teaching.

Our researchers and teachers have an international reputation in their areas of expertise.

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With this programme you'll build your professional network and experience while you study, so you can prepare yourself for a career in migration-related organisations.

We can help you secure work placements with governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake research and activities to support refugees, or work with institutions assisting migrants and refugees.