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MA in Refugee Integration

MA in Refugee Integration

  • PAC CodeDC663 (Full Time), DC666 (Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration Full Time - 1 Year Part Time - 2 Years

Many European societies have well-established sets of policies and legislation in place regarding the integration of migrants. However, they often lack a comprehensive and cohesive approach to meeting the needs of those arriving in crisis situations from a multiplicity of cultural and linguistic environments as well as the needs of the society in which they are settling. The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies offers a Masters of Arts in Refugee Integration. This programme develops an in-depth, multi-faceted knowledge of issues raised by the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees in different jurisdictions. 

Programme

This MA can be completed in one year on a full-time basis, or in two years on a part-time basis.

As a full-time student, you will take three core modules in Semester 1, along with a research methodology module. In Semester 2, you will take one core module and choose two modules from a range of options. A 12,000 word dissertation will be submitted in September.

If you choose to take this course on a part-time basis, you will complete all modules (four core modules, a research methodology class, and three optional modules) over the course of two years, taking one or two modules per semester.  A 12,000 word dissertation will be submitted in September of Year 2.

The programme is timetabled in the evening, from 4 pm onwards, with each module being delivered on a seminar basis. It features presentations by guest speakers from NGOs and practitioners working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Programme Aims and Objectives:

This programme aims to:

  • Link theory, policy and practice.
  • Offer high quality academic training in refugee integration
  • Work closely with NGOs and practitioners
  • Research issues affecting refugee and asylum seeker integration and welfare
  • Respond to needs of newly arrived populations and host societies to ensure harmonious integration process

Modules

  • The Refugee Journey: Mobility, Adaptation and Integration (Core)
  • Gender, Sexuality and Migration (Core)
  • Migrant Populations, Education and Second Language Acquisition (Core)
  • Research Methods (Core)
  • Dissertation (Core)
  • Translation in Crises (Core)
  • Community Interpreting Theory (Core)
  • Environmental Change and World Politics (Option)
  • EU Migration and Asylum Law (Option)
  • European and International Human Rights Law (Option)
  • Politics and Development in Africa (Option)
  • Politics of the UN (Option)
  • Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (Option)
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Why DCU

Why do this programme?

  • To understand the issues that need to be addressed to ensure the successful integration of refugees and asylum seekers
  • To gain the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the refugee crisis both for the newly arrived populations and the host societies
  • To acquire advocacy skills in order to work on behalf of NGOs and grassroots organisations
  • To further knowledge and training in the management of crisis situation
  • To develop policy documents and anti-racism campaigns at local and national level

Why Choose DCU?

DCU’s in Refugee Integration is designed to address the issues faced by refugees and host communities alike, through a cross-disciplinary approach to areas of language and communication, cultural awareness, anti-racism training, crisis communication in a multilingual context, sexuality and gender issues related to migration.  DCU’s excellence is recognised internationally and it is regularly featured among the top young universities globally, as measured by the Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50 and the QS Top 50 under 50.  In the last nine years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’.

Careers

Career Prospects

Graduates of this programme can expect to find employment in a range of areas with:

  • NGOs, at home or abroad
  • reception and integration bodies (such as the Reception and Integration Agency) and Direct Provision Centres
  • Local councils designated as reception areas for refugees
  • Local and national bodies, workplaces (such as hospitals, schools, multicultural workplaces) advising on policy making, strategies and their implementation
  • International bodies such as the UNHCR, Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, and others concerned with guaranteeing the well-being and care of refugees and migrants

In these areas

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

For admission to the MA in Refugee Integration programme, successful applicants will have: 

  • A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent, OR
  •  Demonstrated equivalence of learning in accordance with DCU's policy on RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research   competency; personal effectiveness.

International candidates who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

International Applications

Non EU Applicants:

Please apply through PAC ( www.pac.ie ) by 10th July 2018.  Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible. If you require a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are NOT eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

All Applicants must submit

  •  Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  •  A 750-1000 word (approx) personal statement including:
  1.  Why you wish to study the programme;
  2.  What learning and/or experience you will bring to this programme

 

Non Native English Speakers

·         Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link

 

Dates for Submission of Applications

EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC www.pac.ie.  Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9th August 2019. Applications to this Programme will be accepted on a rolling basis until all places have been filled. 

Non-EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC www.pac.ie.  Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12th August 2019. Applications to this Programme will be accepted on a rolling basis until all places have been filled. 
  • Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.  If you need a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part time programmes as study visas are only granted for full time programmes.
  • To apply for this programme use the PAC code DC663 (full time) and DC666 (part time).

 ·    Queries on completed applications for EU Applicants should be forwarded to registry@dcu.ie, for Non EU Applicants please contact io.assessments@dcu.ie