Registration is now open for the October 2015 start date for the popular new distance-learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. The Masters’ programme is unique in the field in being the only MA available to be taken by distance-learning. It is run by the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
WHY CHOOSE THIS MASTERS’ PROGRAMME? The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies  by distance-learning enables students to acquire a rigorous legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration, whilst developing expertise through a choice of optional modules. Students hone self-reliance in using and critiquing law, policy and practice in the field, and learn how to gather, organise and deploy evidence to form balanced judgements and develop policy recommendations. They complete methodological training in researching refugees and have the opportunity to develop practical field skills in advocacy, campaigning and fund-raising.
Core modules (and convenors/leading experts):
* An Introduction to Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Dr Katy Long)
* Protecting Human Rights, Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law (Jean-Francois Durieux)
* Dissertation, including ‘Researching Refugees’ taught course (Dr Naohiko Omata)
Cutting-edge optional modules include:
* Securing Refugee Protection in Practice (practical) (Jean-Francois Durieux)
* Asylum Law in Europe: Towards Regional Harmonisation of International Protection (Dr Celine Bauloz and Lilian Tsourdi)
* Asylum and Refugees in Africa and Latin America: Refugee Protection in the Global South (Marina Sharpe)
* Advanced International Refugee Law (Dr Ruvi Ziegler)
* Internal Displacement in Law and Policy: War and Beyond (Brid Ni Ghrainne)
* Statelessness, Nationality and the Protection of Stateless Persons (Professor Tamas Molnar)
* Gender, Sexual Identity and Age in the Refugee Context (Professor Heaven Crawley)
* Displacement, Healthcare and Humanitarian Action (Dr Caroline Abu-Sada)
Designed and run by the academic staff and wide network of experts at the Refugee Law Initiative , the MA is delivered through the renowned University of London International Programmes  which has over 54,000 students in every corner of the globe studying on more than 180 different courses.
WHY DISTANCE LEARNING? The MA is unique in that it is the first ever postgraduate course on refugees to be offered by distance-learning. Students study this two-year online programme part-time, from the comfort of a home computer and accessing the course content through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
The distance-learning format has various benefits.
* Students can flexibly combine postgraduate study with ongoing professional and domestic commitments. No requirement to travel to London or even be online at set times.
* Students are able to connect with an engaged and experienced cohort of fellow students all across the world, including students currently working in different capacities in the field
* Students are taught by tutors who are leading experts and/or subject specialists currently working in academic and practitioner institutions across the globe
* Students have maximum flexibility in choosing to enter the programme in one of two annual in-takes (October and March)
WHO IS IT FOR? This programme is designed for those who wish to develop their careers in a range of professional contexts in the refugee, human rights or humanitarian fields. This includes those currently working for, or wishing to work for, international agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Red Cross movement, as well as governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations.
HOW DO I APPLY? The next application deadline is 1 SEPTEMBER 2015. To find out more or to apply, please visit www.londoninternational.ac.uk/refugee-migration