MSc Migration and Mobility Studies

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2019

Programme overview

Migration and mobility issues – including discussions on refugees, free movement of people after Brexit or proposals for dividing walls between countries – are today at the centre of politics and society on a national, regional and global level.

This highly relevant MSc provides advanced study on the complexities of mobility and the reasons why individuals migrate, as well as the various social, economic, legal and cultural challenges surrounding migration.

As a truly interdisciplinary programme, students benefit from a unique combination of perspectives from law, sociology, economics and politics, as well as modern languages, humanities and the arts.

There is a vast choice of optional units, from modern slavery to the migration of music, so you can tailor the programme to suit your skills and interests. As such, we are welcoming applicants from a wide variety of undergraduate disciplines who share an interest in this subject.

The programme is linked with the Bristol Institute for Migration and Mobility Studies, and as a student you will benefit from interactions with some of the world-leading scholars in the area.

With an opportunity to undertake an assessment-based work placement in a relevant organisation, you will gain specific skills and knowledge of value to organisations both in the UK and overseas.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

In the first teaching block, you will study two core units. Approaches to Migration and Mobility Studies identifies how and why migration and mobility studies developed the way they did, the nature of current debates, and perspectives on the future of the discipline. Taught by experts from departments across the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Law, each module will familiarise students with the respective discipline’s unique approaches to migration and mobility studies.

Research Skills for MSc in Migration and Mobility Studies focuses on research skills that are particularly relevant to the discipline, offering guidelines to research in arts, social sciences, and law subjects. Students will gain insight into handling library sources, collections, and archives; compiling a bibliography effectively; and giving effective oral presentations.

You will also choose one optional unit from a list of relevant units.

In the second teaching block, you will continue to study approaches to migration and mobility studies and select two from a list of relevant optional units.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc Migration and Mobility Studies.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants are required to hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social sciences discipline. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


You will develop a range of transferable skills, such as archival and library research skills, high standards of literacy and comprehension, articulate verbal presentation skills, research skills and project management skills.

Graduates are well placed to go on to a career in government, international organisations, think tanks, academia, NGOs, or the cultural or heritage industries. Those with a background in law are equipped to pursue further specialisms in migration and mobility law.

How to apply
Application deadline:

18 August 2019: UK and EU applicants
31 July 2019: International applicants (who require a Tier 4 visa)
These deadline dates have been set to allow you time to obtain your visa and arrive to start your programme on time.

Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadlines.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 21, 28, 29 and 30.

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Open days and visits

Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email:


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