Courses at DCU

MA in Refugee Integration

PAC Code:
DC663 (Full Time)
Course Type:
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Delivery Modes
Minimum Points:
Full Time - 1 Year
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We are happy to announce that we will be delivering this programme fully online in 2020-2021.  See further details under the Programme Tab.


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.

This programme is being offered fully online for the 2020-2021 academic year. All modules will be delivered in online environments, through a combination of live and recorded lectures, online discussions and forums, as well as individual and group assignments. Teaching will be facilitated through DCU’s online learning environment, LOOP, the Zoom video platform, and other tools.

In order to participate in the programme, students are required to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and a reliable internet connection.

Subject to public health advice, should the restrictions around on-campus delivery of teaching change by Semester 2 2020/2021, some optional components of the programme could take place on-campus or in a blended mode combining in-class and online engagement. However, students who are unable to join on-campus activity will be able to complete their degree fully online.

The on-line programme is delivered by the same high quality and experienced staff who traditionally delivered on campus. Lecturers will provide feedback on your assignments and you will have access to staff via email or Zoom video calls to discuss your work. 

The above conditions are subject to government and public health advice with regard to restrictions and social distancing measures and may be modified or adapted as the situation changes.

Programme Structure and Content

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.

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


  • Forced Migration and Host Societies (Core)
  • The Refugee Journey: Mobility, Adaptation and Integration (Core)
  • Migrant Populations, Education and Second Language Acquisition (Core)
  • Community Interpreting Theory (Core)
  • Research Methods (Core)
  • Dissertation (Core)
  • Gender, Sexuality and Migration (Option)
  • Translation in Crises (Option)
  • Environmental Change and World Politics (Option)
  • International Development Practice (Option)
  • Key Issues in European Law and Policy (Option)
  • Politics and Development in Africa (Option)
  • Politics of the UN (Option)
  • Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (Option)

View the current course structure

This information is provisional & subject to change.

Explanation of Terms/Frequently Asked Questions

Migration masters refugee
Refugee integration
Refugee studies

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’.

Career Areas
Diplomatic Services
EU Institutions
European Institutions
Government Agencies
Government Departments
Government services

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



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
  • Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.  More information about DCU's English language requirements can be found here.


Make an Application

To apply for this programme:

  • All applicants should apply through
  • Search for course code DC663 for Full-Time.
  • Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • A 500-750 word (approx) personal statement including:
      (i)   Why you wish to study the programme;
     (ii)  What learning and/or experience you will bring to this programme
    (iii) The impact which you expect the MA would have on your future.

Please also include your CV. 

If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 17th July 2020.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 18th September 2020.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.


Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in October 2020.