Course Description

MA in Refugee Integration


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 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)
Migration masters refugee
Refugee integration
Refugee studies
Make an Application

To apply for this programme:

  • All Applicants must apply through DCU’s Student Application Portal which is available here. Here’s a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
  • Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • Provide 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 16th July 2021.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 15th August 2021.

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

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.


Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2021.

For more information, see:

CollegeDublin City University (DCU)
Course LocationGlasnevin, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 9
Course CategoryLanguages
Awarding BodyDublin City University
Awarding Body DetailsMA in Refugee Integration
Entry RequirementsRequirements 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. Fees Full time EU Status Fee €6,750 Non EU Fee €15,000 Part time EU Status Fee Part-time €3,600 Per Annum Non EU Fee Part time €7,400 Per Annum
Carear PathCareer Areas Diplomatic Services Education 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
Course CodeDC663 (Full Time) DC666 (Part Time)
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