MA in Migration & Mobility*

Course overview

From Brexit negotiations and the Syrian refugee crisis to deportation and surveillance, migration and mobility are fundamental forces shaping people's lives around the globe.

Across the world, more and more people are migrating within and between countries for a variety of reasons. They face increasing constraints that seek to monitor, control and limit their movement in various ways.

This programme is designed to advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary processes of migration, developing a diverse set of skills that will enable you to investigate and address these issues.

Academic expertise

Based in the Department of Anthropology, the degree also draws on interdisciplinary expertise in the Departments of Sociology and Media and Communications, through the Migration Research Network. You'll study in an academic community that is engaged with the key social and political issues shaping people's im/mobilities around the globe.

Innovative and cutting-edge

At Goldsmiths, we're using innovative and creative methodologies to critically investigate migration in all of its geographical and social diversity. Our innovative work includes the use of film to intervene in the current migrant crises in Europe, ethnographic studies of lifestyle migration among the middle classes, and the use of smartphones to enable migrants to document the forms of surveillance that they encounter.

Research-led teaching

Our research expertise is integral to teaching on the programme, thoughout both the compulsory and specialist optional modules. This research-led approach ensures that you acquire a diverse set of skills, enabling you to investigate migration processes across academic, public policy and activist contexts.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Mark Johnson

Modules & structure

You'll study the following modules:

Module title Credits
  Critical Concepts in Migration Studies 30 credits
  Investigating Migration & Mobilities 30 credits
  Platforms for Action in Migration & Mobilities Research 30 credits
  Dissertation 60 credits

Optional modules (30 credits)

A choice of optional modules will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge, drawing on the diverse range of expertise across Goldsmiths, such as:

  • Digital Mobilities
  • Southern Migrations
  • Media Representations of Migration Issues

You may also choose optional modules from across related disciplines such as development, digital social science, gender, human rights and race.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


Anthropology at Goldsmiths is ranked: 1st in the UK for effective teaching* 6th in the UK for the quality of our research** 30th in the world for this subject area***


Investigate a variety of fascinating areas that have real relevance to modern life.

As a department we’re interested in pushing the discipline forward. We’re known for pioneering new fields including visual anthropology and the anthropology of modernity. And we tackle other contemporary issues like urban planning, development, emotions and aesthetics, and new social movements.

Find out more about the Department of Anthropology.

*Guardian University Guide League Tables 2017
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017


Skills & careers

The diverse range of knowledge and skills that you develop throughout this degree will provide an excellent foundation for further research and postgraduate study on topics related to migration.

The Platforms for Action in Migration and Mobilties module will also highlight examples of how migration studies can translate to practical action across various platforms, and the skills that you develop will prove useful across a range of career paths, from public policy to activism and NGOs/charities.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.


See our departmental funding page for funding opportunities, including external scholarships which can help support your anthropologial work, from overseas research to thesis completion.


*New programme: Subject to validation
Please note: 'subject to validation' means that we will be offering this degree providing it is approved by the Goldsmiths Academic Board.

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