Migration studies (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • The School of Global Studies has postgraduate students from over 40 countries on its taught and research courses.
  • Our Masters courses in the field of migration, globalisation and diversity draw on perspectives from geography, law, sociology, politics, international relations, anthropology and development studies.
  • Our Migration Studies courses are affiliated with the internationally recognised Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR), which has one of the largest concentrations of migration researchers in the world and an outstanding global reputation for research on migration. Follow SCMR on Facebook, and on Twitter @scmrjems
  • Our MA in Migration Studies provides you with a knowledge base in migration processes and their consequences for today’s societies, through a focus on global transformations, referring to issues of development, rights and diversity or ‘superdiversity’ that shape migrants’ lives. Our approach is interdisciplinary and covers experiences of sending and receiving countries and different types of migration across the globe. It offers you the opportunity to choose a set
    of modules suiting your own interests within migration, development, human rights and refugees, or within migration, ethnicity, cultural diversity and rights.
  • We have strong policy links with national governments and international organisations such as the International Organization for Migration and the International Labour Organization, which address the world’s growing diversity.


  • PhD in Migration Studies
  • MPhil in Migration Studies

Research students are based in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. It is possible either to study for a research degree registered in migration studies, or to work on a research topic that deals with migration, while registered in another academic discipline. Both disciplinary and interdisciplinary students are welcome to become Associates of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. However, places are limited, so prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact members of faculty. Refer to Faculty research interests.


There are two common modes of entry for research students. First is traditional entry to an MPhil or PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route supported by the ESRC for studentships. All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training modules and to take other modules that may be recommended by their supervisor, although exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at postgraduate level.


Many, but not all, students undertake fieldwork for projects leading to a PhD. Permission to proceed to fieldwork is not normally given before completion of the first year of research.

Recent thesis titles

The Perfect Alternative to Citizenship? Explaining the low take-up of the ‘long-term residency EU’ status – Germany as a case study

Rethinking the retreat from multiculturalism in the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden

Living integration in a diverse residential area: negotiating sameness/difference and navigating social spatial proximities

When the guests become the ‘hosts’: settled immigrants’ perceptions of newcomers

An Ethnographic Study of Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

‘You have to break the Law to survive’: Asylum regime dehumanizing patterns and migrant resistance in Calais as a Case-study

Entry requirements

MPhil in Migration Studies

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in any relevant social science but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit a short outline proposal of two to three pages in order to be considered

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Migration Studies

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in a subject area relevant to your research. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit an outline research proposal of two to three pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

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Fees and funding


MPhil in Migration Studies fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Migration Studies fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Faculty interests

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Dr Stephanie Berry
Lecturer in Public Law

Research interests: Freedom of Religion, International human rights, Minority Rights, Public international law, The European convention on human rights

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Dr Odul Bozkurt
Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management

Research interests: employment studies, globalization and work, Green Economy, international human resource management, Japan, repair work, retail employment, skills and employment, social class and employment, Sociology of work and organizations, UK retailing, vintage sector

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Prof Rupert Brown
Professor of Social Psychology

Research interests: Acculturation, hate crime, Identity, Immigration, Intergroup relations, post-conflict reconciliation, Prejudice, Prejudice reduction, refugees, Social psychology, team-building in organisations

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Dr Grace Carswell
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Research interests: Land Use

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Dr Susan Collard
Senior Lecturer in French Politics & Contemporary European Studies

Research interests: History

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Prof Michael Collyer
Professor of Geography

Research interests: european union, Geopolitics, Migration, Refugees and asylum

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Prof Jane Cowan
Professor of Social Anthropology

Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, Balkans, Dance Performance, Diplomacy & International Relations, Ethnography And Anthropology, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Greece, Human Rights, International Organization, Minority Rights, Social and political theory, Social anthropology

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Dr Elizabeth Craig
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture, Identity, International human rights, Language rights, Minority Rights

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Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou

Research interests: (Post)socialist governance, Airports, Albania, Anthropology of Crisis, Anthropology of Europe, Anthropology of Infrastructures, Anthropology of Postsocialism, Anthropology of Roads, Athens, Balkans, City at a Time of Crisis, Collective action, crisis-scapes, Development, Europe, Far-Right violence, Financial Crisis in Greece, Flows, gentrification, global inequality, Greece, Greek Crisis, Highways, infrastructural development, infrastructure politics, material culture, migration studies, neo-poverty, neoliberalisation, neoliberalism, Police Violence, Political economy, Protest, Public Spaces, Right to the City, social development, Social transformation, Spontaneity, State of Exception, structural adjustment, Transnationalism, Transport Infrastructure, Urban Anthropology, urban development, Urban Infrastructures, urban regeneration, Violence

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Dr Geert De Neve
Professor of Social Anthropology & SouthAsian Studies

Research interests: Anthropology of Development, anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of the Global Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, India, Poverty and inequality, Social Protection, Social transformation, Tamil Nadu

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Dr Priya Deshingkar
Research Director/Senior Research Fellow

Research interests: Agriculture, IInernational Development, Internal Migration, Migration, Precarious Occupations, Rural Livelihoods

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Prof Mairead Dunne
Professor of Sociology of Education

Research interests: Education

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Dr Naureen Durrani
Senior Lecturer in International Education and Development

Research interests: Citizenship and youth, Curriculum and textbooks, Education, Education & peacebuilding, International education & development, Pakistan, pedagogy, South Asia, Teacher Education

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Dr June Edmunds
Lecturer in Sociology

Research interests: Asylum seeking, citizenship, Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Politics, Generations, Human Rights, Migration, Muslims and European Politics, Racism

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Dr Nigel Eltringham
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

Research interests: Africa, Conflict and violence, ethnicity, Film, Genocide, Human Rights, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Political violence, Post conflict reconstruction, Rwanda, Transitional justice

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Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

Research interests: Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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Dr James Hampshire
Reader in Politics

Research interests: british politics, citizenship, comparative politics, european union, governance, Immigration, immigration policy, liberalism, Migration, political theory, Politics of asylum and migration, race and racism

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Dr Elizabeth Harrison
Reader in Anthropology and International Development

Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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Dr Rumy Hasan
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Critique of multiculturalism and multifaithism, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Political economy of Russia, The conflict in the Middle East and its impact on the West (including ‘dual identities’)

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Prof Raminder Kaur Kahlon
Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies

Research interests: Aesthetics and Politics, censorship, Conflict and violence, creative arts, culture and health, cultures of sustainability, diaspora, digital anthropology, environmental movements, gender, health risk perceptions, heritage, identity-based conflict, indian cinema, migration studies, nuclear power and politics, public culture, public engagement, race and ethnicity, religion and media, Religion and ritual, South Asia, Visual Anthropology and Media, visual cultures

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Dr Pamela Kea
Senior Lecturer In Anthropology

Research interests: Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Decolonial critique and the arts, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture

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Dr Evan Killick
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

Research interests: Amazonia, Climate & Climate Change, Conservation, Development studies, ethnography, Friendship, indigenous peoples, International Development, Kinship, Latin America, REDD

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Prof Russell King
Professor of Geography

Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, ageing care and migration, Albania, Children and migration, Cultural Geography, Generations, geographies of socialist and postsocialist development, Greece, higher education, Human Geography, International Student Migration/Mobility, Island studies, Italy, Migration, migration studies, social geography, Southern Europe, The Mediterranean, Youth

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Prof Dominic Kniveton
Professor of Climate Science & Society

Research interests: Africa, Climate change, Development, Migration, South Asia

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Dr Mark Leopold
Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Research interests: Anthropology and espionage, Anthropology and Literature, Biography, Borders, Conflict and violence, Embodiment, Forced migration, History, History of Anthropology, Masculinities, north east Africa, Peacemaking, Political anthropology, psychoanalysis, South Sudan, Uganda

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Prof JoAnn McGregor
Professor Of Human Geography

Research interests: African diasporas, Conflict and violence, Development studies, Migration, Refugees and asylum, Southern Africa social history, Ur

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Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker
Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

Research interests: Africa, Anthropology and ethnography, Anthropology of Development, Development Practice, DRC, ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, identity-based conflict, reconciliation, Rwanda, Social transformation, Violence, youth and violence

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Dr Jon Mitchell
Professor of Social Anthropology

Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Anthropological Controversies, Anthropology of Catholicism, Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Sport, Anthropology of the Body, Anthropology of the Senses, Atheism/Secularism, Darkness in El Dorado, Experiential Anthropology, Football, Human Terrain, Malta, Marathon Running, material culture, Neoliberal subjectivities, Performance, Politics of Europeanisation, Religion and Cognition, Ritual, Statues, The Impact Agenda, UK

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Dr Laura Morosanu
Lecturer in Sociology

Research interests: intra-European mobility, Migration, Sociology, Transnationalism

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Dr Linda Morrice
Senior Lecturer In Education

Research interests: citizenship, Education, Gender and Sexuality, Learning, Migration, refugees, Social cohesion, Social exclusion, Social identities

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Prof Filippo Osella
Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies

Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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Prof Ben Rogaly
Professor of Human Geography

Research interests: class, community, employment in agriculture and food, Identity, labour geography, migration studies, place, race and racism, social geography, work migration

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Prof Ronald Skeldon
Professorial Teaching Fellow

Research interests: Demography

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Prof Paul Statham
Professor of Migration

Research interests: ageing care and migration, Comparative Studies, Domestic Politics of European Integration, Immigration, Islam, Media & Communication Studies, Multiculturalism, Public sphere theory, Social movements, Sociology

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Prof Maya Unnithan
Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology

Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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Dr Katie Walsh
Senior Lecturer in Geography

Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, Belonging, British diaspora, Britishness, Domestic material culture, Dubai, Expatriate migration, family studies, Highly Skilled migration, Home, Home-making practices, Intimacy, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and diaspora, The politics of domesticity

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Prof L. Alan Winters
Professor of Economics

Research interests: Developing Countries, Economics, International Trade, Migration

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