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MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

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October 2024

March 2025

Programme Duration

2-5 years

Academic Direction
School of Advanced Study
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The online MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies is among the world's largest programmes on forced migration. Developed by leading experts at the Refugee Law Initiative, this practice-focused degree equips you to begin or advance your career in refugee and related fields.

Key features

  1. Learn from world-leading experts

    The degree is based at the School of Advanced Study's Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), a unique academic centre promoting interdisciplinary research on law, policy and practice in refugee and displacement contexts. The RLI utilises its wide network of specialists to deliver the Master's, giving you access to the foremost expertise.

  2. Interdisciplinary, practice-focused content

    The programme is grounded in an interdisciplinary approach that combines the perspectives of law, policy and social sciences. You'll learn the practical skills needed to succeed in related careers, with module content updated continuously based on the cutting-edge expertise of specialist academics and practitioners.

  3. Build your global network

    The University of London is a truly global institution, with students across 190 countries. While studying online, you’ll connect directly with your tutors and fellow students around the world, so you can learn from their diverse perspectives and experiences of working in the refugee and related fields.

  4. Study online anywhere in the world

    Enjoy flexibility in terms of what, when and how you study. The degree is taught fully online, so you can learn from home in your own time. As it's designed to be studied part-time in two years or up to five, there's no need to put your career on hold.

  5. Partnerships with major organisations

    The quality of the Master's is trusted by major organisations in the field, who have long-running partnerships with the RLI. UN Refugee Agency, Norwegian Refugee Council and Danish Refugee Council employees are all offered a bursary to study the programme, as are members of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection.

Alumni inspiration: Nicholas Grisewood, MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, Switzerland

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“I think this is a course that is going to stand the test of time and become more relevant.”

Nicholas Grisewood


“The support was phenomenal. I've never felt that way before, and I've done courses in the past.”

Barbara Williams

Uganda / UK

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Start dates

  • October 2024 - application deadline closes