Postgraduate
MA Migration – Comtemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies

University College Cork

Course Overview


The MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies (MA in CMDS) is an exciting, interdisciplinary course addressing all aspects of migration, integration and diaspora studies in Ireland.

The course will:

  • give you a thorough knowledge of the major theoretical and empirical issues in migration and diaspora studies today
  • explain the significance of migration and diaspora debates for Irish and European society, with reference to policy and legal perspectives, geographical and social science debates, diaspora and Irish identity, new communities, and a range of issues related to rights, identities, citizenship status and welfare
  • equip you with a range of specific skills-based social science research methodologies
  • Give you the opportunity to show these skills in a written dissertation using a range of theoretical, empirical, policy and action research perspectives.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

You can opt for our ‘Work Placement’ option to get first-hand experience of work with a number of non-governmental organisations active in the Irish migration/integration/community development sector. Each work placement varies, but students typically spend time ‘shadowing’ a mentor as part of their overall experience.


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 13,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • This is the only MA level course on migration studies currently offered by a university in Ireland
  • The course has developed an international reputation for excellence in the field of migration studies

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Candidates will need a 2H1 honours primary degree are eligible for this course, e.g. applied social studies, applied psychology, history, geography, law, politics, sociology, anthropology.

English Requirements

  • DET Minimum Requirements (Duolingo)
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.
  • IELTS Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
  • TOEFL Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: TOEFL 90 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Pearson PTE
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


An MA in CMDS gives you a comprehensive understanding of debates relating to migration in Irish and European society today.
You will become skilled in social science research methodologies. You will use these skills to write a dissertation using a range of theoretical, empirical, policy and action research approaches. These skills are increasingly recognised as important in many associated careers.

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