Applications for our 2021 MA in Migration & Displacement are now open

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand invites graduate students to apply to undertake an MA in Migration and Displacement with us. The next uptake of registrations for this programme will take place in January 2021. ACMS enrolls a maximum of 25 MA students each year from various academic backgrounds and countries.

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 and displacement being such important and hotly-debated topics, the course has a wide-ranging academic and practical scope. The course is taught by ACMS staff who are widely published and have conducted innovative research projects.

The MA programme is designed to give students a comprehensive conceptual framework for understanding and analysing a wide range of topics in the field of migration and displacement. It also equips graduate students with the practical skills necessary to understand, analyse and advise on the drivers, impacts and management of migration within academia, government, business and non-profit organisations, where many of the programme’s alumni are currently employed. 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. The compulsory courses are An Introduction to migration and displacement (SOSS 7082) and Logics and methods of migration research (SOSS 7026). A third elective course must be chosen from either the School of Social Sciences or from ACMS electives that will be offered in the second semester of 2021.

There are several bursaries, scholarship and assistantship opportunities available every year that post graduate students are encouraged to apply for. A compilation of financial assistance and scholarship opportunities for Wits postgraduate students and at ACMS can be found here. Visit our Applications for 2021 and Information for Applicants page for more information about the application process.

Applications for 2021 close on 30 September.

For a full list of courses on offer visit or contact the Teaching Administrator at for more details.