Oxford offers not only world-class research and research degrees (DPhils), but also two 9-month taught masters (MSc) courses in migration and forced migration.

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 the world-leading migration research centres at Oxford (COMPAS and the RSC).

Click here for more information on the MSc in Migration Studies

Listen to an ‘Oxford College Castaway‘ podcast where Alice Watson interviews Chen Peled, MSc in Migration Studies student (2017-18). Chen shares her experiences of working in the migration field around the world and her initial thoughts on joining the course.

MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

The MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies offers a dynamic and intellectually rigorous path to the examination of forced migration resulting from conflict, repressive regimes, environmental change and development policies.

It is run by the Refugee Studies Centre, the world’s leading multidisciplinary centre for research and teaching on the causes and consequences of forced migration.


COMPAS and RSC staff supervise and co-supervise candidates undertaking research degrees across a full range of departments and disciplines. 

Scholarships for Migration Studies at Oxford

Various scholarships are available for MSc and DPhil courses, including ESRC migration studies pathway competition scholarships available through Oxford’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. For more information see:

In addition to these dedicated Migration Studies scholarships, our students have in the past received funding from the Rhodes Trust, the Clarendon Fund and Weidenfeld.

For further advice and to view information on other funding sources, please visit the University’s main fees and funding pages.

International Summer School in Forced Migration

The International Summer School in Forced Migration is a two-week, practitioner-focused residential course offering an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration.

RSC Short Courses

Regular short courses give participants the opportunity to receive additional professional training and develop expertise in particular refugee-related areas.

Online Course: “International Labour Migration: Economics, Politics and Ethics”

This global online course analyses one of the most controversial public policy issues of the 21st century: how to regulate international labour migration and the rights of migrant workers. Integrating economics, politics and ethics, the course comprehensively discusses the determinants, impacts and regulation of labour immigration and emigration around the world. More information.

Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships are available to senior practitioners and policy makers, postgraduate students, post-doctoral scholars and professional academics who wish to undertake a specific programme of self-directed study in an academic environment.