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MSc International Migration and Public Policy

Course Description

About the MSc programmes

The International Migration and Public Policy (IMPP) programme is jointly run by academics from the Departments of Government, Sociology and the European Institute. The teaching is interdisciplinary and also involves academic staff from several other LSE departments, including the Department of Geography, the Department of International Relations, the Department of International Development, the Department of Social Policy and the Department of Law. It brings together some of the unique resources of these departments into one interdisciplinary programme on global migration, international mobility and public policy. The programme also has close ties with the LSE Migration Studies Unit, the focal point for migration research at LSE. Key features of the IMPP degree are:

A twelve-month programme that provides the opportunity to study in an internationally renowned set of departments in the only UK university devoted solely to the social sciences.
A faculty with an established record of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the area of international migration and public policy.
An international campus in close proximity to national policy makers, offices of international organisations and EU institutions.
A systematic multidisciplinary approach to central controversies in the comparative analysis of public policy responses to immigration and migrant integration issues across different levels of governance (including a focus on the growing role of the EU in European and international migration management).

Programme details

The MSc offers a unique range of courses that will deepen students' knowledge of migration and mobility issues and help them gain new insight into public policy responses to international migration at the global, regional, national and local level. The programme is divided into three parts: foundation – two half unit courses which provide a thorough grounding in immigration and migrant integration issues; specialisation – through a wide range of optional migration- and migration-related courses offered across LSE; and research – a 10,000 word research project on an advanced topic. Students will also have the opportunity to attend and participate in the established public lecture and seminar series organised by the LSE Migration Studies Unit.

Students will take courses to the value of three units and a dissertation as shown. Additionally, if their timetable allows, students are recommended to take the non-assessed course Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design in preparation for their dissertation.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

International Migration and Migrant Integration* examines contemporary sociological perspectives on migrant integration including theories of international migration; labour market incorporation; 'assimilation' and social integration; welfare and social rights; the second generation; educational attainment; and transnationalism.
International Migration and Immigration Management* offers a theoretically informed account of the challenges posed by international migration and resulting policy responses.
Researching Migration: Research Questions and Research Methods (non-assessed) introduces students to a range of possible research strategies and helps them prepare for their dissertation research.
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

For full details of available courses see the Programme Regulations.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides an outstanding preparation for further research work or for a career in international institutions, the public services, NGOs or with one of the growing number of organisations in the private sector that are concerned with immigration issues.

Visit the MSc International Migration and Public Policy page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 in social science or in another field with relevant work experience. English standard level.

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