Skip to main content

Award winning MA collaboration with UN Refugee Agency


Written by
Binda Rai

The University of London (UoL) is delighted to have signed an agreement with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which enables eligible UNHCR employees and affiliates working globally to obtain a 10% bursary for UoL’s MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, with academic direction by the School of Advanced Study.

Refugee camp

UNHCR is a UN agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people. It employs over 18,000 in the field of refugee protection and the MA, which offers a solid legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration, will serve in supporting development for its employees.

Professor Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of London, said:

The University is pleased to be collaborating with the world-renowned UN Refugee Agency working on improving the lives of refugees across the world. I am confident that our Masters programme will add immense value by providing staff with a greater academic understanding of the refugee issue. This programme is both timely and relevant as the world continues to see a rise in the number of people being displaced around the world.

Dr Sarah Singer, Programme Director for the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the School of Advanced Study, described the initiative as:

an important opportunity to enhance the capacity of UNHCR colleagues worldwide through the most established programme of distance-learning postgraduate study worldwide". She added: "The part-time and distance-learning format of this programme enables students to combine their studies with work and directly apply this learning to their everyday work, whilst engaging with expert tutors and other students based across the globe. The MA consistently scores very high student satisfaction ratings, and in 2019 was awarded the prestigious Roger Mills Prize for Innovation in Learning and Teaching.

Tony Morris, OIC for UNHCR´s Global Learning and Development Centre, said:

The agreement with the University of London is very much welcome and another step in UNHCR´s strategy to continue supporting and expanding a solid offer of distance learning opportunities for our colleagues working in the frontlines of refugee protection. We are confident that colleagues undertaking this programme will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to continue serving refugees and other forcibly displaced communities worldwide.

Visit the MA programme for further information:
MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies