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Global Migration & Cultural Differences

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSocSc Global Migration and Cultural Differences programme has been specifically designed to provide advanced interdisciplinary training in ways of understanding, analysing and responding to the challenges and potential contributions of human movements and mobilities. It highlights important ways in which these challenges further shape and are shaped by the politics of difference that underpin contemporary societies. The programme specializes in the cutting-edge issues concerning racism, migration, identity, human rights, ethnicity, multiculturalism and ethnoracial politics.

It develops the theoretical and research skills necessary to effectively analyse some of the most pressing global issues in migration and cultual differences.

The programme enhances student's ability to think critically, analytically and creatively, and present ideas efficiently through written reports and oral presentations.

Who Should Apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The MSocSc Global Migration & Cultural Differences Programme is suitable for graduates with a primary degree in Sociology or Social Science or a closely related discipline, such as psychology, philosophy, human geography, history, politics, and economics who wish to develop a grounding and analysis of issues concerning global migration and cultural differences.

This Programme is valuable for those seeking advanced training and postgraduate qualification for academic, policy or civic purposes.

Students will have the opportunity to develop a critical and comparative understanding of topics such as: global migration patterns; diaspora and emigration histories; identity politics and civic mobilisation; racism, nationalism and xenophobia; integration and diversity; human rights policies; intercultural relations; and creative cultural agency.

This programme will help students develop a sound, up-to-date, inter-disciplinary understanding of the theories, substantive issues and debates, and methodologies for researching global migration and cultural differences.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline. A Second Class Honours Grade One (2:1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) standard or equivalent may be considered. Applicants with a Joint Honours primary degree should normally have attained a standard of at least Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) in their final degree. Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered. Applicants may be called for an interview.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old.

A Note On Supporting Documentation:

Supporting documentation must be submitted by all students. Applications will not be considered unless all documents are submitted immediately and received by UCD before the closing date. Documents must be uploaded to the Online Applications system.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

There are exciting opportunities for students in a wide and dynamic range of professions including careers in: Media and Public Relations; Policy Analysis and Service Provision; Social, Community and Youth Development; Politics and Civil Society; and in Cultural and Creative Industries.

Past Graduates have taken the following career and development destinations:

University Lecturers, Ireland & internationally
Funded doctoral programmes across Europe
University international student support offices
Government and Public Service, Ireland & Internationally
Independent Research and Private Consultative Companies

The have worked with Irish Organisations such as:
Irish Refugee Council
New Communities Partnership
Dublin City Council
Finglas Library
Royal College of Surgeons
Economic and Social Research Institute
Immigrant Council of Ireland

And International Organisations which include:
UN Secretary General Offices
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions & Human Rights
International Organisation for Migration
Hague Institute for Global Justice
Save the Children International & UNICEF
Red Cross
International Potato Centre

A large number of our Graduates continue through to PhD level. Some professions require further training, qualifications or certification.

Application date

Application Deadlines
Students who require Visas March 25th
All other Applicatants June 30th

Course fee

MSocSc Global Migration & Cultural Differences (W282) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 6750
nonEU fee per year - € 18300

***Fees are subject to change

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