MSc in Migration Studies

The interdisciplinary MSc in Migration Studies allows students to explore human mobility as an intrinsic part of the broader processes of development and global change; and to address the causes and consequences of migration and how these are shaped by governments, societies, and migrants themselves.

The programme is jointly offered by the School of Anthropology (SAME) and the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID). The course draws on the intellectual resources of its two parent departments and migration research centres at Oxford.

In Conversation with Biao Xiang

MSc students Anne Schnitzer and Emrah Celik recently interviewed Professor Xiang Biao who is the convener of the 2018-19 MSc in Migration Studies. Read the blog below to find out more about the course itself as well as Professor Xiang’s own research and motivations to study migration.

In Conversation with Biao Xiang

Video introduction to the MSc

Msc trip to Geneva

Some of this year’s students recently travelled to Geneva with the aim of meeting a variety of international organisations working in the field of migration. Read their blog on ‘From Migration Research to Policy: MSc Migration visit to Geneva’ below.

From Migration Research to Policy: MSc Migration visit to Geneva

 Routed Magazine

Routed is an online publication founded in the autumn of 2018 by a group of MSc Migration Studies graduates. Bridging the divide between specialist academic literature on human mobility and popular portrayals of migration in the media, they bring a fresh, critical perspective to the study of how and why people move.

Read some of their articles at their website:


Want to know how our MSc graduates are using their skills in the workplace?

Read about the onward journeys of our former students and their opinions on the course by viewing our testimonials and careers page below.

Testimonials and careers


About the course

Application deadlines

  • Friday 15 November 2019
  • Friday 24 January 2020

Course-related enquiries

Postgraduate Courses Coordinator
+44 (0)1865 281833