About This Course
Migration - Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies
1 year Full-time
EU Fees 2019
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2019
Candidates will need a 2H1 honours primary degree are eligible for this course, e.g. applied social studies, applied psychology, history, geography, law, politics, sociology, anthropology. See Requirements for full details.
Now closed for 2018 applications
Non-EU Closing Date
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
The MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies is currently being restructured.
Please contact the Department of Geography directly for more detailed information on the postgraduate options in the discipline for 2018/2019
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.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
GG6401 Introduction to Migration and Diaspora Studies (15 credits)
- 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 (15 credits)
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 plan your dissertation.
GG6403 Case Studies and Current Issues in migration and Diaspora Studies (10 credits)
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.
GG6405 Work Placement, Programme for Migration and Diaspora Studies (10 credits)
GG6404 Dissertation in Migration and Diaspora Studies (40 credits)
Further details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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.
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
Dr Angela Veale
Dr Andy Bielenberg
Dr Kathy Glavanis
Dr Linda Connolly
Dr Pat Crowley
Study of Religions
Dr Yafa Shanniek
Dr Oliver Scharbrodt
Why Choose This Course
- This is the only MA level course on migration studies currently offered by a university in Ireland
- The course has developed an international reputation for excellence in the field of migration studies
Placement or Study Abroad Information
You can opt for our ‘Work Placement’ option to get first-hand experience of work with a number of non-governmental organisations active in the Irish migration/integration/community development sector. Each work placement varies, but students typically spend time ‘shadowing’ a mentor as part of their overall experience.
Skills and Careers Information
An MA in CMDS gives you a comprehensive understanding of debates relating to migration in Irish and European society today.
You will become skilled in social science research methodologies. You will use these skills to write a dissertation using a range of theoretical, empirical, policy and action research approaches. These skills are increasingly recognised as important in many associated careers.
Candidates will need a 2H1 honours primary degree are eligible for this course, e.g. applied social studies, applied psychology, history, geography, law, politics, sociology, anthropology.
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.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,000.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
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: CKE72 Additional Questions
The closing date for non-EU applications is To be confirmed