Refugee Studies Degree Course Directory


European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), Stadtschlaining

Programme name:  Peace and Conflict Studies

Degree(s) awarded: Advanced Certificate, Master of Arts (MA)

Programme Contact: Anita Flasch, Administrative Assistant

Email: epu [at] epu [dot] ac [dot] at (epu[at]

Phone: +43 (0) 3355 2498

The EPU program is designed to provide students with the intellectual skills to analyze conflicts and their underlying causes, with practical skills in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and with the motivation to do everything in their capacity to help create a better world. It seeks to enable and motivate students to help build a more peaceful, equitable and just global society, in harmony with nature. Those who successfully complete one trimester obtain an Advanced Certificate. Those who complete three trimesters and write a thesis obtain a Master of Arts, approved by the Austrian Ministry of Education.



Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent

Programme name:  Migration Studies

Degree(s) awarded: Masters (MA)

Programme Contact: Dr. Tom Kasier, Director of Graduate Studies

Email: T [dot] Casier [at] kent [dot] ac [dot] uk (T.Casier[at]

Phone: +32 (2) 641 1721

The Migration Studies programme allows students to study migration – including human trafficking, asylum and forced migration as well as integration and citizenship – in the context of other fields or to focus on different aspects of migration. Migration Studies allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of the broader field of migration while enabling them either to specialise in migration or to examine the links between migration and fields ranging from development economics and conflict analysis to human rights law or international migration law.



Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto

Programme name: Programme on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Degree(s) awarded: Continuing Education Certificate

Distance learning: –

Programme Contact: –

Email: dce [at] yorku [dot] ca (dce[at]

A professional development program to support workers in the newcomer settlement and healthcare sector, and the shelter system who are working with refugees and forced migrants. This non-degree certificate program will consist of one introductory workshop and three 36- hour course for a total of 114 hours. The pedagogy consists of classroom sessions, small group and personal exercises and discussions. Certificate Program candidates must have: a degree from a recognized university or a college diploma (any discipline); OR at least 1 year of paid or unpaid employment in organizations working with refugees or displaced people in Canada or internationally.

Programme name: Programme on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Degree(s) awarded: General Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Distance learning: –

Programme Contact: Wenona Giles, CRS Education Programme Coordinator

Email: wgiles [at] yorku [dot] ca (wgiles[at]

“The General Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to currently enrolled students at York University. By enrolling in the General Certificate Program in Refugee and Migration Studies, students registered in undergraduate degree programs in the Faculties of Arts, Atkinson,  Environmental Studies, Education, and Glendon College should formally focus their studies in the area of refugees and migration. The General Certificate will be awarded concurrently with the B.A., B.Ed., B.E.S., or B.Sc. degrees for which they are registered, provided both sets of requirements are completed. The Graduate Diploma is intended to give recognition to those students who have undertaken a concentrated research and study program in the area of refugee and migration studies; to encourage students to undertake such a concentration and to provide graduates who can serve both the Canadian and international communities in a vital area of public and humanitarian policy. The Diploma Program must be undertaken concurrently with the master’s or doctoral degree program in which a student is registered.”



Refugee Studies, Dartmore Institute for Central European Studies, Prague

Programme name: The Programme in Refugee Studies

Degree(s) awarded: Graduate Diploma

Programme Contact: –

Email: info [at] rsprague [dot] org (info[at]

Phone: +420 233 344 921

Refugee Studies provides the only multidisciplinary academic training in the forced migration and refugee field in Central and Eastern Europe. The main idea behind this programme is to link high quality innovative research with improving the conditions, rights and lives of the ever-growing number of refugees and other forced migrants. It aims to achieve this via rigorous academic training and relevant practical internships leading to first-hand experience and networking. The Programme is a one-year programme of study and practical work experience. The first five months of academic training in Prague and Krakow (Jagiellonian University) are followed by six months of working at partner institutions in non-industrialized countries as well as in countries of Central and Eastern Europe.



Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, The American University in Cairo

Programme name:  Program in Migration and Refugee Studies

Degree(s) awarded: Specialized Graduate Diploma, Master of Arts (MA)

Programme Contact: Eman Samir, Program Secretary

Email: eman_m [at] aucegypt [dot] edu (eman_m[at]

The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), established in 2000 as a program of education, research, and outreach on refugee issues, it was developed in 2008 into a regional center that encompasses all forms of international mobility, whether voluntary or forced, economic or political, individual or collective, temporary or permanent. CMRS works along three building blocks: research, education and outreach, aiming to form strong synergies between them. CMRS offers an MA in Migration and Refugee Studies (MRS) in addition to a Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies, forming together the only multidisciplinary program in the world that combines both migration and refugee studies with a focus on the Middle East and Africa.



Centre for International Legal Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

New Delhi 11067, India

Tel: 91-11-667676

Contact persons: Mr. B.S. Chimni, Assoc. Prof. of Law, Dawa Norbu, Prof. Central Asian Studies.

The School of International Studies, JNU has regional studies organized by centres, and disciplinary-based studies including international law and human rights. Past work has included work on Central Asian refugees, especially Tibetans, in the Centre for Central Asian Studies.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Human Rights Teaching and Research Programme (HURITER) / School of International Studies

New Delhi 110067, India

Tel: 91-11-667676 ext. 539

Fax: 91-11- 6865886

Contact persons: V.S. Mani, Prof., International Legal Studies, Satish Kumar, Prof. International Relations, S.D. Muni, Prof. South Asian Studies.

The Centre for Human Rights Teaching and Studies (HURITER) is a University Centre for promotion of human rights teaching and research. Among its research and teaching interests is the refugee problem in South Asia. Currently, a number of research scholars are working on legal and political aspects of refugee problems in general and problems in the context of South Asia in particular. Data sources in relation to research projects have been gathered from UNHCR, UN, NGOs, interviews conducted by the Centre, and court judgements. The main teaching courses of HURITER is the ‘Law of Peace and the Legal Controls for International Conflict’, offered in the Master’s program. The Centre also teaches pre-doctoral courses in General Principles of International Law.

Utkal University, Department of Political Science

Shanta Niwas, 87 Satya Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751004, Orissa, India

Tel: 91-674-480214/401716

Fax: 91-674-480020

Email: asha [at] dte [dot] vsnl [dot] net [dot] in (asha[at]

Contact Person: Asha Hans, Associate Professor of Political Science

The Department of Political Science has undertaken a number of activities in refugee-related issues in India, and is currently involved in the following research projects: – Afghan Women Refugees; – Protection of Women Refugees Rights in Developing Countries; – Chakma Refugees in India; – Reproductive Rights and Refugee Women. South Asia remains the main area covered by the research, with a focus on India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, but also Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Department will undertake a number of research projects which will concentrate on the Indian Security Problems and Refugee Policy. One of the important future studies is on Forced Repatriation of Chakma Refugees from India. Data sources have been accumulated from camps in India as well as Government of India decision makers. In addition, the Department of Political Science is involved in seminars and networking with UNHCR as well as several NGOs.

University of Madras Department of Southeast Asian Studies

Chepauk, Trip Licane PO, 600 005, Madras 600005, Tamil Nadu, India

Tel: 91-44-568778

Fax: 91-44-566693

Contact Person: V. Suryanarayan, Prof. Political Science

Asylum policy, South East Asian studies, ethnic conflict, ethnic and national groups, Sri Lankan, refugees, Sri Lankan minority groups, conflict and conflict resolution. Professor Suryanarayan has done numerous studies on ethnicity and conflict in South and Southeast Asia with special interest in Sri Lankan refugees.



Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Limerick

Programme name: Peace and Development Studies

Degree(s) awarded: Master of Arts (MA)

Distance learning: –

Programme Contact: Tracey Gleeson, Administrative Officer

Email: tracey [dot] gleeson [at] ul [dot] ie (tracey.gleeson[at]

Phone: +353 61 202633

The Masters Degree is a one-year, full-time programme offered by the College of Humanities.  A prime responsibility of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide objective, informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level. A Centre for Peace and Development Studies supports postgraduate teaching and research activities in peace and development studies. The course is designed for those seeking careers in fields such as Government agencies, Aid organisations, NGO’s, community renewal and development, media and research.

Politics and International Studies, University of Ulster, Magee Campus

Programme name: Peace and Conflict Studies

Degree(s) awarded: Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Arts (MA)

Distance learning: –

Programme Contact: Dr Cathy Gormley-Heenan

Email: c [dot] gormley [at] ulster [dot] ac [dot] uk (c.gormley[at]

Phone: +44 (0)28 9036 6132

These linked courses will deepen understanding of the problems of conflict resolution, international relations and peace building, with particular reference to divided societies. By combining the study of theory and techniques with the analysis of particular problems in ethnic relations, including those of Northern Ireland, the course offers a programme of study relevant to the needs of those employed, or seeking employment, in areas where ethnic conflict arises.



Centre for Refugee Studies, Moi University, Eldoret

Programme name: Post-Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration

Degree(s) awarded: Post-Graduate Diploma

Distance learning: –

Programme Contact: Ms. Rael Kimitei

Email: crefugee [at] mu [dot] ac [dot] ke (crefugee[at]

The Centre for Refugee Studies was established to set up viable quality teaching, research and outreach activities that raise societal understanding regarding the root causes and consequences of forced migration, and to change attitudes of the younger generation in order to attain higher levels in the application of the principles and practices of social justice, peace and democracy in the management of public and private affairs in our societies. Requests from government and NGOs for a one year diploma programme in forced migration has necessitated the formulation of a postgraduate diploma which aims at improving the knowledge and skills of in-service officers in the Government, NGOs and interested agencies. The course also serves as a bridge for graduates who wish to gain better understanding of the forced migration phenomenon.



Faculties of Arts, Law and Social Science, Utrecht University

Programme name: Master Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Degree(s) awarded: Master of Arts (MA)

Programme Contact: Centre for Conflict Studies

Email: Conflict [dot] studies [at] let [dot] uu [dot] nl (Conflict.studies[at]

Phone: +31 30 253 6443

The MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a programme taught in English, and combines the study of theory with in-depth case studies. The programme’s core courses are designed to give students a solid understanding of the theoretical foundations of conflict studies and human rights, and to equip them with the basic skills necessary for doing research aimed at subsequently producing an MA thesis. The thematic focus of the programme will be both on the dynamics of conflicts and on the problems of national and international military or humanitarian interventions, such as those executed by the UN, NATO, and non-governmental organizations. The core courses include The Analysis of Contemporary Violent Conflict, Conflict Politics and Policies, and Human Rights.



English Taught Masters Degree Programmes, University of Tromsø

Programme name:  Peace and Conflict Transformation

Degree(s) awarded: Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict (MPCT)

Distance learning: N/A

Programme Contact: Hildegunn Bruland, Senior Executive Office

Email: hildegunn [dot] bruland [at] uit [dot] no (hildegunn.bruland[at]

While traditional peace research focuses on violence and its consequences, the MPCT programme takes a different perspective. It emphasises non-violent conflict handling and explores possibilities for reducing violence. The geographical position of Tromsø in the relatively peaceful Far North provides students with a unique context to study peace. This is a region with a history of peaceful co-existence of diverse ethnic and cultural identities. Non-violent handling of conflict has been an important experience in the region throughout its history. Both the perspective and outlook of the master’s programme is clearly global: it actively recruits students from all over the world, creating an environment for cross-cultural teaching and learning experiences.



An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine

Degree(s) awarded: None

Programme Contact: Mr. Samir Aqrouq, Director

Email: frc [at] najah [dot] edu (frc[at]

Phone: (972) (09) 2343003

The Programme’s goals are: to disseminate academic and practical information concerning Forced Migration; To build better communication with those involved in refugees and Forced Migration Programmes; To promote academic knowledge in the field of Forced Migration; and to promote the understanding of appropriate and effective practice concerning Forced Migration.



Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de Deusto

Degree(s) awarded: Masters Degree

Email: migracionesyconflictos [at] fice [dot] deusto [dot] es (migracionesyconflictos[at]

El programa busca profundizar en el conocimiento del fenómeno de las migraciones internacionales y de la génesis, desarrollo y resolución de conflictos. Con este objetivo ofrece una formación avanzada, transversal y multidisciplinar en el campo de las migraciones internacionales, las violencias, los conflictos y su repercusión en la cohesión social, en el marco de la sociedad global. El carácter multidisciplinario del programa potencia la integración de disciplinas y metodologías diversas permitiendo desarrollar planteamientos globales de análisis. El diseño del máster contempla dos orientaciones, una profesional y otra de tipo investigador, que posibilitan al alumno formarse en una u otra dirección en el marco teórico-práctico dado por el programa.


University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Degree(s) awarded: Honours Degree, Post-Graduate Diploma, Masters by Research, Masters by Coursework, PhD

Programme Contact: Dr. Ingrid Palmary

Email: Ingrid [dot] palmary [at] wits [dot] ac [dot] za (Ingrid.palmary[at]

Phone: +27 11 717 4033

Founded in 1993, the Forced Migration Studies Programme (FMSP) at Wits University is Africa’s premier institution for research and training on migration, humanitarianism, and social transformation. With an internationally trained, interdisciplinary staff and students from across the continent and around the world, it offers rigorous academic training, field research experience, and access to a network of committed professionals, scholars, and activists. Based in Johannesburg – the heart of southern Africa’s politics, culture, and economy – the teaching programmes explore the causes and consequences of migration in Africa from a global perspective.


Université de Genève

Degree(s) awarded: Masters of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action

Programme Contact: Programme interdisciplinaire en action humanitaire (PIAH)

Email: piah [at] unige [dot] ch (piah[at]

Phone: +41 (0)22 908 44 71

Intended for professionals in humanitarian action, human rights, development, or social action. The Programme was proposed in partnership with international institutions, humanitarian organisations and NGOs located in Geneva, the Faculties of Medicine, Law, Economic and Social Sciences and Psychology and Educational Sciences, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (The Graduate Institute – Geneva). It is based on an interdisciplinary approach which encourages critical and independent thinking about key humanitarian issues. The Programme objectives are: to provide, within a multidisciplinary academic environment, the conceptual and methodological tools which are essential for understanding and addressing today’s humanitarian challenges; and, to favour contact with international institutions, humanitarian organisations and NGOs located in Geneva.