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About Ethnic Studies
Masters degrees in Ethnic Studies analyse the effect of race and ethnicity on society, equipping postgraduates with the tools to understand topics like multiculturalism, diaspora and immigration.
Programmes in this field are usually Masters of Science (MSc), but other, more research-oriented courses are available, such as MPhils and MLitts. Other specialisms include Globalisation, Multiculturalism and Ethnology.
Masters in Ethnicity examine a wide range of pressing and often controversial topics, and programmes aim to help postgraduates explain some of the more troubling aspects of contemporary society. For example, you might focus on racism and racialisation, or learn about the refugee crisis and its portrayal in the media.
The study of identity is also an important part of many Masters in Ethnic Studies, looking at the ways in which factors like race, religion and globalisation affect individual and communal senses of self.
Programmes usually draw on theories and subjects from outside sociology too – for example, history, politics and cultural studies – so postgraduates can expect to receive a multidisciplinary view of ethnicity.
A Masters in Ethnicity can prepare you for employment in several sectors, and typical postgraduate destinations include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charities and governmental departments (local and central).
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This programme develops your skills in critically examining and evaluating research in relation to international migration. Potential working fields include international organizations, academia, national and local government, NGOs or the media. Read more
Why do people migrate? How do immigrants integrate and develop (new or dual) cultural identities? How do host societies respond to immigrants? Why and when do ethnic and religious differences lead to conflicts and misunderstandings? What are the reasons for prejudice and racism, and how can these negative reactions be minimised?. Read more
Is your goal to understand the complex issues associated with contemporary societies? As societies become increasingly diverse, change rapidly, and are confronted with inequalities, there is a growing need for professionals trained in the analysis of these dynamics. Read more
This programme invites you to think systematically about the social world, how it is changing, the challenges and how we as individuals and groups organise, rationalise and assimilate our response. Read more
If you are interested in undertaking any kind of research and making a career out of it, social research will equip you with a range of skills and methodologies to allow you to work entirely independently. Read more
A broad syllabus allows you to combine African, U.S., Caribbean, British and Southeast Asian history under the guidance of leading academics from a range of subject areas including English, History, Gender Studies, Spanish, and Latin American studies. Read more
Why is the Black Lives Matter movement so necessary and, for many, so threatening? How can Europeans disavow migrants from their own former colonies who seek refuge on their shores? What is intersectional activism? What is necessary to cultivate veritable solidarity across differences? How can we imagine, think and act beyond the constraints of the western, state-centred status quo?. Read more
The study of identity is a burgeoning area of sociological and cultural studies. Over a range of units, this programme provides an introduction to key themes in this field, with identity explored in both theoretical and substantive ways. Read more