Testimonials and careers

“What makes this programme so invaluable is its ability to use the study of migration as a prism for gaining a better understanding of contemporary political and socio-economic change as well as human development as a whole. In addition to pushing students to critically engage with prevailing assumptions surrounding migration, one of the programme’s greatest assets are the students themselves whose diverse backgrounds and individual experiences make the course a truly transformative learning experience.” Yan Matusevich, graduated 2015

“I would recommend the MSc in Migration Studies to anyone seeking to understand what migration actually is. The decision to apply stands out as one of the most important I’ve made and my year in Oxford was tremendously rewarding: the quality of the course was outstanding, and the lecturers’ broad knowledge and enthusiasm spurred my personal interest in further academic research on migration.” Cathrine Eide, graduated 2013

“The MSc in Migration Studies course challenged me to become a more critical thinker and writer by encouraging me to move beyond analysis to really question and resist certain assumptions and biases inherent in literature, policy, methodology, pedagogy, etc. I came away with a renewed sense of confidence in my ability to deconstruct and develop an argument that I believe is relevant regardless of whether you are embarking upon a new career or life as a PhD student.” Cresa Pugh, graduated 2013

“The topic of migration is an infinitely complex one and the MSc in Migration Studies has strived to cover this phenomenon from a variety of theoretical perspectives. I particularly enjoyed critical engagement with key concepts utilized in migration studies, such as illegality, the nation, the state, mobility and development. My experience on the MSc in Migration Studies has been on the whole a very positive one. The course helped me develop both a holistic as well as a nuanced understanding of the many processes embedded in migration.” Suzana Carp, graduated 2011

“Less than two months after graduating, I moved to Germany to work for one of Europe’s largest private non-profit foundations. Having gone to Oxford straight from my undergraduate degree in Canada, this was also my first full-time employment. In my first year at the foundation, I am involved with three projects on different aspects of migration. In the first project, I supported German municipalities in setting up a welcoming and integration plan for refugees. In the second project, I helped prepare the foundation’s contribution to the Global Forum on Migration and Development and I spearheaded our application to the consultative process for the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. For the third project, I am currently conducting research on transnational democracy — a topic that relates to my MSc dissertation on migrant voting rights. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, I find that the degree has prepared me well for all these different aspects of migration. Not only have I had the chance to learn about different topics from top researchers, but I also had the pleasure of discussing these topics with classmates from different academic and professional backgrounds. Most importantly, this exchange with my peers also continues beyond graduation through my involvement with the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration — a publication run by alumni.” Klaudia Wegschaider, graduated 2016

“As someone who came into the programme with a rather niche interest in post-Soviet migration, the MSc in Migration Studies was an eye-opening experience that exposed me to a diversity of interdisciplinary perspectives on migration that ultimately reshaped my understanding of the wider world. Upon completing my studies, I found myself in the tricky position of translating my newly gained interdisciplinary and nuanced approach to thinking about migration into meaningful employment. During my nine-month long job search, I tried to diversify my options for the future by volunteering as an interpreter for asylum seekers, developing ideas for potential PhD proposals and making a tentative foray into journalism. Ultimately, the long wait paid off and I was offered an assistant position at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development where – thanks in large part to the research skills I acquired through the programme – I was able to transition into the organisation’s research team.” Yan Matusevich, graduated 2015

“The MSc in Migration Studies at Oxford was a whirlwind of information and teaching, with a remarkable group of dedicated and passionate students. It only dawned on me after I left just how much we managed to cover in only 9 months, enabling me to take away a thorough general knowledge on migration patterns, issues and theory as well as detailed insights into the topics that interested me the most. The prestige of the course has opened doors for me in Geneva, Ghana and Amsterdam, and the scope of the course allowed me to take on internships on subjects from regional governance of migration, to migration as a route out of poverty. I have now embarked upon a PhD at VU Amsterdam on the relationship between migrant mortality and border policies in the Mediterranean, giving me a chance to put into practice and build upon the research methods and instruction I received at Oxford.” Tamara Last, graduated 2012

“After my time at Oxford, I have been pursuing a JD (Juris Doctor) at Harvard Law School. At HLS, I have been working at the Immigration and Refugee Clinic, which is designed to guide law students provide pro bono legal services to those with precarious immigration statuses. This winter, I will be traveling to Ramat Gan in Israel to work at the Clinic for Migrants’ Rights at the College of Law and Business. The MSc in Migration Studies provided an excellent transition from a purely academic to direct services involvement with immigration law. As an immigrant, I had always been interested in ideas of belonging and citizenship. The taught courses on the MSc helped me ground those ideas in an interdisciplinary platform. I learned about how the states’, the communities’, and the individual’s ideas of belonging played out on economic, political, anthropological, and transnational stages. This interdisciplinary ability to consider how the act of moving across borders affects both individual and systematic actors has helped me serve my clients better. Further, it has helped me recognize the possible areas for improvement in our current immigration law and policy, which gives me inspiration for future work. The MSc also prepared me for the rigors and structure of a JD program by helping me make habits of critical thinking and writing, planning and organisation, and research. However, the most meaningful thing I gained from my year at Oxford was the lasting personal and professional relationships I forged with course mates and friends throughout the university.” Sussan Lee, graduated 2012