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).