The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand is looking for graduate students who might be interested in undertaking an MA or PhD in Migration and Displacement in 2016.
The ACMS is an interdisciplinary, internationally engaged and intellectually independent Africa-based Centre that shapes global discourse on human mobility and social transformation. The MA programme is designed to give studnets the conceptual tools for understanding and analysing a wide range of topics in the field of migration. Our lecturers are widely published and have an impressive track record of innovative partnerships.
Based in the School of Social Sciences, migration and displacement is an interdisciplinary field encompassing a wide range of disciplines including economics, public health, political science, sociology, urban planning, and development studies. With migration being such an important and hotly-debated topic, its study has a wide-ranging academic and practical scope.
Through this programme graduate students are equipped with a comprehensive conceptual framework and the practical skills necessary to understand, analyse and advise on the drivers, impacts and management of migration within academia, government and the NGO world. Our alumni have succeeded in the public and private sectors, as well as local and international civil society and the academy.
ACMS enrolls a maximum of 25 MA students each year from various academic backgrounds and countries. As part of the programme, students learn how to critically engage with the complex issues surrounding migration and displacement. Students are strongly encouraged to partake in the Centre’s research activities, and are frequently invited to publish and present on their work done as part of this programme.
The MA (coursework and research) programme can either be undertaken full time for a year or part time over two years and consists of three courses and a research report. Compulsory courses include an Introduction to Migration & Displacement and the Logics and Methods of Migration Research. A third elective can be chosen from the School; electives run by the Centre include The psychosocial & health consequences of migration & displacement (SOSS 7027), Labour migration in a global & regional context (SOSS 7062), and Migration and human rights (SOSS 7077).
PhD applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Although the Centre cannot promise funding for all students, there are several scholarship and assistantship opportunities every year that students are encouraged to apply for. In addition, the University runs a Postgraduate Merit Award system that will provide funding to cover fees to successful applicants.
A compilation of bursaries for Wits students can be found here.
Additional information about for applicants can be found here.
The deadline for MA applications for 2016 is 31 August 2015. The deadline for Postgraduate Merit Award applications is the 31st October - http://www.wits.ac.za/prospective/financialaid/postgraduate
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