Course Deadline for March 2015 in-take: MA in Refugee Protection by distance-learning

Only 3 weeks left to apply for March 2015 in-take on

distance-learning Masters’ degree in Refugee Protection!

Only three weeks remain until 1 February 2015 – the deadline for applying for the March 2015 in-take on the innovative new distance-learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.

The Masters’ programme is unique in the field in that it is the only MA available to be taken by distance-learning and also in being the only MA to offer two start dates per year. It is run by the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Why choose this Masters’ programme?

The new MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance-learning enables students to acquire a rigorous legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration, whilst developing expertise through a choice of optional modules.

Students hone self-reliance in using and critiquing law, policy and practice in the field, and learn how to gather, organise and deploy evidence to form balanced judgements and develop policy recommendations. They complete methodological training in researching refugees and have the opportunity to develop practical field skills in advocacy, campaigning and fund-raising.

Core modules are:

  • An Introduction to Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
  • Protecting Human Rights, Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law
  • Dissertation, including Researching Refugees taught component

The cutting-edge optional modules include:

  • Securing Refugee Protection in Practice (practical)
  • Asylum Law in Europe: Towards Regional Harmonisation of International Protection
  • Asylum and Refugees in Africa and Latin America: Refugee Protection in the Global South
  • Advanced International Refugee Law
  • Internal Displacement in Law and Policy: War and Beyond
  • Statelessness, Nationality and the Protection of Stateless Persons
  • Gender, Sexual Identity and Age in the Refugee Context
  • Displacement, Healthcare and Humanitarian Action

Designed and run by the academic staff and wide network of experts at the Refugee Law Initiative, the MA is delivered through the renowned University of London International Programmes which has over 54,000 students in every corner of the globe studying on more than 180 different courses.

Why distance learning? 

The MA is unique in that it is the first ever postgraduate course on refugees to be offered by distance-learning. Students study this two-year online programme part-time, from the comfort of a home computer and accessing the course content through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The distance-learning format has various benefits.

  • Students can flexibly combine postgraduate study with ongoing professional and domestic commitments. No requirement to travel to London or even be online at set times.
  • Students are able to connect with an engaged and experienced cohort of fellow students all across the world, including students currently working in different capacities in the field
  • Students are taught by tutors who are leading experts and/or subject specialists currently working in academic and practitioner institutions across the globe
  • Students have maximum flexibility in choosing to enter the programme in one of two annual in-takes (October and March)

What is the difference between the March and October in-takes?

The March start date is intended to provide an additional element of flexibility to students on the MA, especially those who may be working alongside their studies, by allowing study on the programme to be commenced at two points during the year, i.e. March as well as October.


The only difference between the two start dates is the order in which two core modules and the two sets of optional modules are taken. Students on the March in-take begin their studies with the module An Introduction to Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (see above).


Who is it for?

This programme is designed for those who wish to develop their careers in a range of professional contexts in the refugee, human rights or humanitarian fields.

This includes those currently working for, or wishing to work for, international agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Red Cross movement, as well as governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations.


How do I apply?

The next application deadline is 1 February 2015. To find out more or to apply, please visit


For more information about the course please contact:

Dr David James Cantor
Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7862 8827

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