Master of Science in Migration, Citizenship and Refugee Protection

About the Programme

The aim of this programme is to provide a broad theoretical understanding of human mobility and the role of both internal and international migration in economic and political processes, social change and globalisation as well as an overview of the major debates and literature on migration, citizenship and refugee protection from different disciplinary perspectives. The programme offers students an understanding of the complex and varied nature of migration and refugee populations, of their centrality to global, regional and national processes of political, social and economic change, and of the needs and aspirations of displaced people. The programme also helps students develop a broad understanding of academic research related to the integrated areas of migration, citizenship and refugee protection, as well as critical thinking and sound evaluative tools relevant for policy debates at all levels including potential linkages between diaspora engagement and economic development in Africa.

Entry Requirements

Candidates applying for admission in the MSc in Migration, Citizenship and Refugee Protection degree programme must have:

  1. a Second Class Honours  degree of Africa University
    a qualification from another institution of higher learning deemed by the GSC to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours degree of Africa University.
  2. A candidate with a Pass in an Honours degree will be considered for admission if his/her undergraduate performance in the proposed area of study was a B (3.0) grade average or above, AND s/he has satisfied the GSC through the relevant Faculty/Institute that s/he has exhibited academic potential by conducting fieldwork, subsequent research experience and/or additional training in the academic discipline of the intended Masters degree.
  3. A candidate who holds a general degree should at least have a lower second class with an average of B (3.0) or higher in the academic discipline of the intended Masters degree.
  4. Upon recommendation to the GSC by the Dean/Director of the respective Faculty/Institute, a candidate whose first degree is considered deficient may be required to take one or more undergraduate courses in addition to the minimum graduate requirements.
  5. The Faculty may impose special conditions for admission as required by the degree programme.

Year 1: Semester 1(18 Credit hours)

MCR500: Theories of Migration, Principles, Concepts and Demography (3 Credits)
MCR501: International Migration and Sustainable Development   (3 Credits)
MCR502: International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law in African Context (3 Credits
MCR503: The Political Economy of Migration, Citizenship and Refugee Protection (3 Credits)
MCR504: Migration Policy and Globalisation (3 credits)
REM500: Research Methods (3 Credits) (University wide)

Electives: Year 1: Semester 2 (18 Credit Hours)

Students are required to take FIVE elective courses. Electives offered each semester will be dependent on the availability of staff and approved number of class size, in accordance with University regulations.
In addition full time students are required to go for attachment with an approved organisation for them to gain experience in the world of work.
Part-time students will be exempted from going on attachment on the assumption that they are practitioners in the field.

In addition, all students are required to take a research proposal development course PPD512: Research Proposal and Defense before the end of the second semester.

  • Migration and Refugee Protection (MRP)

MRP510: Forced Migration and Internal Displacement in Africa (3 Credits)
MRP511: Natural Disasters, Environmental Change and Forced Migration (3 Credits)
MRP512: Gender, Population and Refugee Protection (3 Credits)
MRP513:  Migration, Drug and Human Trafficking (3 Credits)
MRP514:  Migration and Epidemiology (3 Credits)
MRP515: Labour Migration, Remittances and Economic Development
MRP516: Global Governance and Migration
MRP517: Migration and Families in Transition (3 Credits)
MRP518: Child Protection in Emergencies (3 Credits)
MRP519: Forced Migration and Human Rights (3 Credits)
MRP520: Diaspora, Transnationalism and Development (3 Credits)
MRP521: Immigration and Integration Politics (3 Credits)
MRP522: Migration, Law and Criminology (3 Credits)
MRP523: Refugee Law and Responsibility to Protect (3 Credits)
MRP524: Integrated Border Management and Migration Governance in Africa (3 Credits)
MRP525: Migration, Refugee Protection and the Developmental State in Africa (3 Credits)
MRP526: Migration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Africa (3 Credits)
MRP527: Information Communication Technology (ICT), Migration and State Security (3 Credits)
MRP528: Psychosocial Support for War Victims and Families of Displaced Persons
(3 Credits)
MRP529: Migration: State Security and Human Security (3 Credits)

  • Citizenship and Human Security (CHS)

CHS510: Citizenship, Race and Religion (3 Credits)
CHS511: Citizenship, Culture and Human Security in Africa (3 Credits)
CHS512: The Politics of Citizenship in Africa (3 Credits)
CHS513:  Citizenship and Nationality (3 Credits)
CHS514: Citizenship, Xenophobia and Identity (3 Credits)
CHS515: Transformative Leadership and Citizenship (3 Credits)
CHS516: Emergency and Disaster Management in Africa (3 Credits)
CHS517: Nation States, Statelessness and Constitutionalism in Africa (3 Credits)
CHS 518: Gender, Citizenship and Identity (3 Credits)
CHS519: International Migration and Citizenship in Africa (3 Credits)
CHS520: Global Justice, Human Security and Citizenship Rights (3 Credits)
CHS521: Citizenship and Regional Integration in Africa (3 Credits)

Year 2: Semester 1: Internship   (6 Credits)

In the third Semester full time students will be required to go for attachment with a recognised development, migration, refugee protection agency or humanitarian organisation, UN agency, government social service departments, social policy institutes and relevant non-governmental organisations (NGOs) locally, regionally or internationally. The purpose of the internship programme is to acquaint the students to the world of work in their chosen field of study. Students will be allowed to intern with relevant organisations approved by the College locally, regionally or abroad. Part-time students will be exempted from doing Internship on the understanding that they are already working in the relevant organisations/institutions as practitioners.


Year 2: Semester 2: Dissertation (6 Credits)

Students will be required to choose a relevant and approved research topic and write a dissertation of between 18,000-20,000 words in length. Supervision will be in accordance with Africa University Graduate Studies requirements.                                                  


Career and Job Opportunities

The MSc degree in Migration, Citizenship and Refugee Protection is designed for development practitioners, academics, researchers and policy makers in government, non-government organisations and institutions of higher learning, research institutes; diplomatic community, international non-governmental, inter-governmental organisations and UN agencies. The programme expects students to also come from the different countries in Africa and abroad in line with Africa University’s pan-African vision and mission.
The increasing complexity of public and social issues in Africa requires visionary leaders and creative researchers with a broad knowledge of policy and governance issues, processes and specific analytical and management competencies in the proposed areas of study. Anchored in the scholarly pan-African milieu of the CBPLG, the MSc in MCRP intends to enhance academic and professional skills among graduates with broad-based background in the fields of sociology, psychology, political and social sciences, humanities, theology, development, law, economics, anthropology, health sciences, child and family studies, leadership, peace and governance, demography, statistics, public policy, and social policy.