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Postgraduate Certificate in Migration Studies

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

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Take an in-depth look at the causes and effects of migration with postgraduate study, and boost your career opportunities.

Migration is increasingly a high-priority issue for governments and organisations around the world. Explore the social, economic and political drivers and consequences of forced and voluntary migration.

Drawing on several disciplines, including political science, geography and history, you'll discover why and how migration happens and gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities it creates. You can choose to examine topics such as the refugee crisis in Europe, labour migration, multiculturalism and immigration as an election issue.

Learning across disciplines

You'll not only gain an in-depth understanding of migration issues, you'll develop your critical thinking, communications and research skills.

If you're a Master's student, you may have the opportunity to do an internship with an organisation involved in migration policy, research or practice. Or you can choose to complete a 60-point research project instead. Take the opportunity to contribute your own perspectives to the study of migration.


People with an in-depth knowledge of migration issues are increasingly in demand in governments, NGOs, media and research organisations. You'll be able to apply your understanding of migration in a wide range of professions such as policy analysis, research, international development, community development and refugee resettlement.

Programme requirements

For this programme you'll need to:

Complete 60 points

Include courses worth 60 points:

Approaches to Migration Studies (POLS 488)

One course from:

  • Geography of Development Studies (GEOG 404)
  • History of Migration (HIST 429)
  • Directed Individual Study in Migration Studies (MIGS 401)
  • Borders, Migrants and States (POLS 416)

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree with at least a B+ average in a relevant subject

To be accepted by the head of school as being capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadline - Trimester 1: 1 Dec.

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