The programme is available online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as well as study materials and help from academic staff. It allows you to study anywhere in the world and fit your studies around your other commitments.
You receive individual module subject guides, assessment activities and digitised readings. The two primary texts for the core modules are books, which will be useful reference points throughout your studies.
For each module, you will be able to discuss your work with fellow students and tutors. Additional tuition is provided via podcasts and videos from leading academics.
View a sample of the study materials [PDF].
You can also benefit from research materials created by the Refugee Law Initiative, such as its Working Paper Series and podcasts from public events.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
- The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles and e-books which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
This MA is designed to be studied over two years by taking the two core modules in the first year and four elective modules (two per session) in the second year, alongside the dissertation component.
Each study session lasts 16 weeks and the dissertation component accounts for 12 weeks per year. We recommend that you study for 15-20 hours per week during this time.
- Core modules: a seen open-book examination (70% overall grade) and five online assessments known as E-tivities (30% overall grade).
- Elective modules: three E-tivities (30% overall grade) and one coursework item of 3,000-4,000 words (70% overall grade).
The dissertation is assessed in two parts: the research methods course and research proposal (15% overall grade) and the dissertation thesis (85% overall grade).
Examinations are held twice a year (usually February and July) at exam centres located all around the world.
More about exams.