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 the wider processes of development, 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 and the ability to help transfer theoretical knowledge to policy-oriented research.
Staff are mainly drawn from Oxford’s internationally renowned centres researching voluntary and economic migration: the International Migration Institute (IMI) at ODID and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). Teaching on the degree is problem-focused and delivered through a combination of lecture courses, classes and tutorials, seminars, student-led presentations, essays and library work. Class sizes are small – generally between 5 and 26 students – encouraging active participation and enabling students to learn from each other.
The Course Director for 2016/17 is Dace Dzenovska of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.