Migration - Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies MA

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Course Code: CKE72 Full-time

Course Title: Migration - Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Migration - Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies

Duration: 1 year Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee level: €6,000; 2017/2018 Non-EU Fee €13,000

Entry Requirements: You will need a 2.1 honours primary degree in a relevant discipline to be eligible for this course, e.g. applied social studies, applied psychology, history, geography, law, politics, sociology, anthropology. You can also apply if you have a 2.2 honours primary degree. Your application will besubject to a written expression of interest and/or interview.

Closing Date: Programme not on offer in 2017/2018

Next Intake: To be confirmed


The MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies is currently being re-structured.

Please contact the Department of Geography directly for more detailed information on the postgraduate options in the discipline for 2017/2018

Dr. Liam Coakley



The MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies (MA in CMDS) is an exciting, interdisciplinary course addressing all aspects of migration, integration and diaspora studies in Ireland. The course will:

  • give you a thorough knowledge of the major theoretical and empirical issues in migration and diaspora studies today
  • explain the significance of migration and diaspora debates for Irish and European society, with reference to policy and legal perspectives, geographical and social science debates, diaspora and Irish identity, new communities, and a range of issues related to rights, identities, citizenship status and welfare
  • equip you with a range of specific skills-based social science research methodologies

Give you the opportunity to show these skills in a written dissertation using a range of theoretical, empirical, policy and action research perspectives

Course Details


GG6401 Introduction to Migration and Diaspora Studies
Topics include:

  • Key facts, statistics and trends in migration at an Irish, European and global level
  • Theories and models of migration studies from different disciplinary perspectives
  • Gender and migration
  • Immigration regimes and how governments manage migration and emerging EU debates
  • The integration debate: how does immigration change society?
  • Policy responses to migration: from assimilation to multiculturalism, dealing with racism and xenophobia
  • Diasporic and transnational perspectives

GG6402 Methods in Migration and Diaspora Studies
This module will introduce you to some of the key principles, methodologies, sources and techniques of social research, with a particular focus on migration and diaspora studies. You will have the opportunity to explore these methods and develop your own research skills. By the end of the module, you will be able to design and conduct a social research project, and have started to planning your dissertation.

GG6403 Case Studies and Current Issues in migration and Diaspora Studies.
This module brings a range of expert guest speakers to UCC so that you can engage with issues relevant to the practice of migration and diaspora studies at first hand.

A number of optional modules are also offered.

Further details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar

Detailed Entry Requirements

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKE72AdditionalQuestions

Course Practicalities

The MA in CMDS is delivered by experienced academic staff within a student-centred environment. Most classes are two hours long and take the form of a seminar discussion rather than lectures. Required reading material is circulated before seminars and students are expected to participate fully in each session. This approach means you benefit from significant peer-to-peer learning as well the seminar presentation itself.


Student work is marked via a mixture of continuous assessment (e.g. student essays and presentations), end-of-year examinations and a research dissertation.

Who Teaches This Course

Profiles of the lecturers can be found on UCC's Research Profile webpages

Dr Piaras Mac Einri
Dr Liam Coakley
Dr Allen White

Applied Social Studies
Professor Alastair Christie
Dr Catriona NiLaoire
Dr Jacqui O’Riordan

Applied Psychology
Dr Angela Veale

Dr Andy Bielenberg

Afric O’Grada
Dr Kathy Glavanis
Dr Linda Connolly

Dr Pat Crowley

Study of Religions
Dr Yafa Shanniek
Dr Oliver Scharbrodt

Contact us

E: Dr Liam Coakley

P: + 353 21 490 3797
W: Website

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