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Refugee Care - MA


Course Description

Do you or are you looking to work with refugees, asylum seekers or other displaced groups of people? How can you care for these people more effectively? How can therapeutic dimensions of care and psychosocial perspectives help to understand the multi-dimensional complexities of the refugee experience?

The multidisciplinary expertise of our university and the therapeutic professionalism of the Tavistock Centre combine to bring you this innovative twin-site Masters (two modules are taught at the Tavistock Centre in London and two modules at our Colchester campus) in the study of refugee care.

The central focus of our MA Refugee Care is to introduce a therapeutic dimension and a psychosocial perspective to working with this group of people, and is the only postgraduate course to offer a combination of modules with this emphasis, making a clear distinction between being therapeutic in working with refugees, instead of offering psychotherapy to them.

The course includes a thoughtful combination of practical and experiential elements, such as placements and institutional observations, to support a sound theoretical framework to understand the complexities of the refugee experience, such as family and societal factors, interactions with various services, institutions and organisations, and the inter-personal dynamics involved between refugees and their workers.

Our course is offered one year full-time, two years part-time or modular (up to five years), and teaching is for 25 weeks (over two and a half terms from October to mid-May). It is also possible to apply for a doctoral programme in refugee care, completing this MA first (without the dissertation) and then continuing to work on your PhD thesis (for an additional two years full-time or four years part-time).

Our expert staff

The course team, directed by the founder Professor Renos Papadopoulos, is further enhanced by other international experts from a variety of relevant fields. One of the strengths of this course is that the staff team are actively engaged in academic, research and field work within this area.

The course is located in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies and associated with the Department of Sociology, which consistently achieves top ten rankings in the UK's research assessments, most recently in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Being part of the UK’s leading university of the study of social sciences means you are surrounded by strong departments that fully support and enhance our work. This allows you to gain the opportunity to work with and be taught by top world-class scholars and top professionals in their fields.

Specialist facilities

The course is closely associated with the internationally renowned Centre for Trauma Asylum and Refugees (CTAR) that is involved in many training, research and intervention projects in many parts of the world. The course also has strong links with the prestigious Human Rights Centre and the Transitional Justice Network of our university.

A unique feature of the course is the annual visit to an Asylum Tribunal where students attend hearings and have the opportunity of speaking with the judges about the specific cases observed as well as about their work and wider asylum issues.

Our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.

Your future

The field of refugee work is not only topical but is expanding and developing rapidly, creating new employment initiatives and opportunities. This course is unique in equipping students to work directly in this field.

Accordingly, our graduates make an impact by applying the innovative approach that our course offers in a variety of contexts and disciplines. Many of our graduates go on to play a leading role in many spheres e.g. education, social and community work, human rights, emergency and humanitarian aid, national, international and non-governmental organisations.

Example structure

-Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations
-Context of the Refugee Experience
-Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights
-Dissertation - MA Refugee Care
-Therapeutic Care for Refugees
-Placement

Visit the Refugee Care - MA page on the University of Essex website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Susan Kinyany Schlachter

“Having completed my undergraduate psychology degree in Nairobi and having worked with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kenya, I was very keen to further my study in a subject area related to the care of refugees. The Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex offered the exact course I was looking for in such a specialist subject area.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my course so far, and it has been great to work with and learn from the lecturers at the University who are experts in the area. All of my lectures and seminars are insightful, transferring the expertise and knowledge of the individuals teaching us to help us learn.

The campus has such a festive atmosphere; there are people of all ages from all over the world all united in the desire to learn. The campus is set in beautiful parkland, and I really enjoy sitting by the lake in the sunshine, it is a great place to relax after the hustle and bustle of classes.

The staff within the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies are very accommodating, and they have been extremely helpful ever since my first point of contact with the University. The best part so far has to be my current work placement at the Refugee Council, and in the future I hope to obtain a job in a similar role.”

(Student Profile)

Stephen Farah

"I came to the UK to study MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies at the University of Essex because the course is unique, one of the only ones of its kind in the world. I also knew that the academic staff in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies were very highly regarded in their fields, which was very important to me. I have been a Jungian scholar for some time, so wanted to undertake this course to ensure that I am up-to-date with the latest in Jungian thinking.

I am enjoying the classes that I take as part of my postgraduate studies, which are run in a very stimulating and engaging manner. All of the other students on my course are excellent and my whole experience of living in the UK for the first time has been brilliant.

After I have completed my studies at Essex, I plan to return to Johannesburg where I run a Jungian school. I intend to bring the Jungian teaching from my time at the University of Essex to South Africa."


(Scholarship)

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre scholarships - 16 Awards

For 2011-12, our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre will offer 16-fully funded ESRC studentships, most worth £18,000 per year, across over 20 doctoral pathways. The University of Essex has become one of only 21 Doctoral Training Centres accredited by the UK Economic and Social Research Council following a highly competitive selection process. Our Doctoral Training Centre will fund 16 doctoral students each year across many different social science disciplines. It also offers excellent training opportunities and a highly stimulating research environment to hundreds of postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, practitioners and users.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £18,000

Eligibility

We encourage applications from top students seeking to research over a range of social science areas, including: criminology and socio-legal research; economic and social research; economics and econometrics; environmental governance; finance; health and organisational research; human rights; language and linguistics; management and accounting; politics and international relations; political economy; psychoanalytic studies; sociology and social change.

Application Procedure

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/government_support/esrc.aspx

Further Information

http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/government_support/esrc.aspx



Entry Requirements

We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.

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