The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
The course provides a broad, theoretical understanding of human mobility and the role of both internal and international migration in economic and political processes, social change and globalisation, as well as an overview of the major debates and literature on contemporary migration from different disciplinary perspectives. You will gain skills in critical analysis and research, and should develop an ability to contribute new perspectives to the study of migration. You should also gain an understanding of the dilemmas facing policy-makers at both national and international level, an understanding of the value of critical perspective for both academic and policy work, as well as the ability to help transfer theoretical knowledge to policy-oriented research.
The core curriculum is mainly taught by core teaching staff with additional teaching input provided by the staff of Oxford’s internationally renowned migration research centres.
Teaching on the degree is both theoretical and problem-focused and delivered through a combination of lecture courses, classes and tutorials, seminars, student-led presentations, essays and library work. You will be expected to prepare for each lecture, class or tutorial by reading a selection of recommended book chapters, articles and working papers. The MSc is a demanding course and, as is typical at Oxford, you will be expected to keep up with a considerable reading workload.
Class sizes are small to mid-size – generally between 5 and 26 students – encouraging active participation and enabling students to learn from each other.
The Course Director for 2017/18 is Biao Xiang of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.