UCC Postgraduate courses

Migration - Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Migration - Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies

  • Code

    CKE72 Full-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2020

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2020


  • Entry Requirements

    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.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Not on offer 2020/2021

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2020/2021

Course Outline

The MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies is currently not open.   Please contact the Department of Geography directly for more detailed information on the postgraduate options in this discipline

Dr. Liam Coakley
Email: l.coakley@ucc.ie

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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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.

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

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.

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

International/non-EU applicants

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.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

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 fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

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 Not on offer 2020/2021

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact