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Refugee Integration

Many European societies have well-established sets of policies and legislation in place regarding the integration of migrants. However, they often lack a comprehensive and cohesive approach to meeting the needs of those arriving in crisis situations from a multiplicity of cultural and linguistic environments as well as the needs of the society in which they are settling. The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies offers a Masters of Arts in Refugee Integration. This programme develops an in-depth, multi-faceted knowledge of issues raised by the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees in different jurisdictions.

This MA can be completed in one year on a full-time basis, or in two years on a part-time basis.

As a full-time student, you will take three core modules in Semester 1, along with a research methodology module. In Semester 2, you will take one core module and choose two modules from a range of options. A 12,000 word dissertation will be submitted in September.

If you choose to take this course on a part-time basis, you will complete all modules (four core modules, a research methodology class, and three optional modules) over the course of two years, taking one or two modules per semester. A 12,000 word dissertation will be submitted in September of Year 2.

The programme is timetabled in the evening, from 4 pm onwards, with each module being delivered on a seminar basis. It features presentations by guest speakers from NGOs and practitioners working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Programme Aims and Objectives:

This programme aims to:

•Link theory, policy and practice.
•Offer high quality academic training in refugee integration
•Work closely with NGOs and practitioners
•Research issues affecting refugee and asylum seeker integration and welfare
•Respond to needs of newly arrived populations and host societies to ensure harmonious integration process


Why do this programme?

•To understand the issues that need to be addressed to ensure the successful integration of refugees and asylum seekers

•To gain the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the refugee crisis both for the newly arrived populations and the host societies

•To acquire advocacy skills in order to work on behalf of NGOs and grassroots organisations

•To further knowledge and training in the management of crisis situation

•To develop policy documents and anti-racism campaigns at local and national level

Why Choose DCU?

DCU’s in Refugee Integration is designed to address the issues faced by refugees and host communities alike, through a cross-disciplinary approach to areas of language and communication, cultural awareness, anti-racism training, crisis communication in a multilingual context, sexuality and gender issues related to migration. DCU’s excellence is recognised internationally and it is regularly featured among the top young universities globally, as measured by the Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50 and the QS Top 50 under 50. In the last nine years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

Full Time -

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent, but applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also, on the basis of the relevant University regulations and procedures, be offered places.

Part-Time -

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent, but applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and/or experience may also, on the basis of the relevant University regulations and procedures, be offered places.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.


Full Time - 1 Year Part Time - 2 Years

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects

Graduates of this programme can expect to find employment in a range of areas with:

•NGOs, at home or abroad

•reception and integration bodies (such as the Reception and Integration Agency) and Direct Provision Centres

•Local councils designated as reception areas for refugees

•Local and national bodies, workplaces (such as hospitals, schools, multicultural workplaces) advising on policy making, strategies and their implementation

•International bodies such as the UNHCR, Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, and others concerned with guaranteeing the well-being and care of refugees and migrants

In these areas

Diplomatic Services
EU Institutions
European Institutions
Government Agencies
Government Departments
Government services

Subjects taught


•Forced Migration and Host Societies (Core)
•The Refugee Journey: Mobility, Adaptation and Integration (Core)
•Gender, Sexuality and Migration (Core)
•Migrant Populations, Education and Second Language Acquisition (Core)
•Research Methods (Core)
•Dissertation (Core)
•Translation in Crises (Option)
•Community Interpreting Theory and Practice (Option)
•Community Interpreting Theory (Option)
•Environmental Change and World Politics (Option)
•EU Migration and Asylum Law (Option)
•European and International Human Rights Law (Option)
•Politics and Development in Africa (Option)
•Politics of the UN (Option)
•Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (Option)

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