Programmes- Overview

The graduate programme in Migration Studies aims to equip students to develop critical perspectives and knowledge of migration issues in the contemporary world, with special focus on Africa. The programme will ensure that students acquire a wide range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks and analytical tools for undertaking migration research and policy design. The programme will adopt an inter-disciplinary approach since migration is a multi dimensional process, which cuts across the various disciplines including the natural sciences. The programme aims to attract a diverse group including researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.

More specifically the graduate courses aim at making students:

  • Become familiar with and demonstrate considerable knowledge in theoretical and policy issues on migration across Africa and other parts of the world and be able to engage in critical debate in a wide range of alternative frameworks for studying migration;
  • Understand migration dynamics and be able to analyze how it has changed over space and time;
  • Be knowledgeable about the strengths and limitations of various disciplinary approaches to studying migration in an inter-disciplinary and dynamic environment;
  • Appreciate the importance of migration in a range of contexts such as social change, globalization, population dynamics, geo-politics and international relations, and disease spread and control; and
  • Acquire the tools to develop and analyze migration policies.


Three types of degrees will be awarded, namely:

  1. M.A in Migration Studies (Regular and Sandwich)
  2. M.Phil. in Migration Studies and
  3. Ph.D. in Migration Studies.