Applications open – MA in Migration, Superdiversity and Policy

SIGONA~2“Our MA equips  students with the tools for understanding and engaging in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society”

Dr Nando Sigona, Director of the MA in Migration, Superdiversity and Policy


IRiS is now taking applications for the 2018/19 MA Migration, Superdiversity and Policy. The programme is offered as a one year full time option or two years as a part time programme of study. At a time when the politicisation of migration has reached unprecedented levels, the MA Migration, Superdiversity and Policy offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the social, economic and political impacts of international migration and examine current, proposed and ideal approaches to welfare provision in the era of superdiversity. Our students learn how to access data sources and undertake research in ways that can increase understanding of the nature of superdiversity and the needs of superdiverse communities.

Birmingham is a dynamic and superdiverse city which offers the ideal setting for the MA. The programme leaders, Nando Sigona, Lisa Goodson and Jenny Phillimore, are each highly regarded experts in their field and have led numerous UK and European funded research projects examining various aspects of urban diversity, forced displacement and integration, and the migration journey. IRiS also has a strong commitment to community engagement and research co-production through initiatives including the Community Practitioner Research Programme.

In addition to a rigorous academic programme of study, students will have the opportunity to undertake a work-based internship in a migration related organisation. IRiS also runs an extensive programme of events, including workshops, seminars and lectures from distinguished speakers for students to engage with.

The MA programme attracts a vibrant student group of UK and international students, each with a diverse range of interests and experiences related to migration and superdiversity. We encourage students to work collaboratively and share their own research interests with the group. Where possible, we also encourage students to support ongoing IRiS research projects and initiatives, both through formal roles, and on a voluntary basis to broaden experience.

For 2018, the University of Birmingham is also offering 100 new £2,000 scholarships for Masters students in selected subject areas. The MA Migration, Superdiversity and Policy is eligible for this scheme. For more information on how to apply for a scholarship please click here.

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