Migration, Refugees and Wellbeing (700L5)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Our contemporary world has been characterised as living through an age of migration, with an unprecedented number and diversity of people on the move around the world.

We introduce you to the dynamics of migration in the contemporary world, and to its implications for migrants' wellbeing and the development of health and welfare receiving societies. We begin by introducing salient theories of migration – push-pull, historical structural theories, transnational theories and migration systems theories – and explore their implications for research.

The term migrant does scant justice to the range of people leaving their home countries to make new lives elsewhere, and the challenes they face. The wellbeing of migrants is crucially influenced by the circumstances in which they leave their home countries and try to resettle. You will be presented with a categorisation of contemporary migration, including forms of voluntary and forced migration, and the specific implications of these for migrants' wellbeing. You examne these further through a range of case studies, drawing on first-hand research of migrant reception in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Brazil, Malta and across Scandinavia.

The first part of the module examines migrants' needs and circumstances, the particular health and social care issues affecting them and the challenges they face in resettlement. The second part focuses primarily on how receiving countries have responded to the perceived needs of migrants (e.g. the development of ‘culturally appropriate’ health and social care services, special projects and a range of health and welfare interventions). The third part looks at evidence of ‘good practice’ in relation to services aimed at enhancing migrants’ wellbeing, and examines the potential for transferring good practice from one country to another.  

We structure our assessments to incorporate formative feedback.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.