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The Refugee Studies Centre is pleased to announce the global launch of RSC Pathways, a three-month online course in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies that is available free of charge to individuals who have been affected by forced displacement. The course teaches the interdisciplinary foundations of Refugee Studies, preparing learners for onward academic and professional opportunities. It is certified by the RSC.


The RSC Pathways online course is inspired by the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Over three months, learners will be part of a global cohort that is introduced to the main disciplines and themes in this field of studies. They will be taught by RSC lecturers and receive direct mentorship from RLRH colleagues who facilitate deep engagement with course material. RSC Pathways is designed to support learners to progress to advanced academic and research opportunities. The course is offered free of charge, and learners will receive a certificate from the RSC upon completion.

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The online course has 10 modules that learners can complete independently or alongside a cohort of classmates within three months. The first cohort of RSC Pathways will begin studies in July 2022; subsequent cohorts will be offered every four months.

Eligibility criteria

In order to join this course, applicants must:

1) Have lived experience of forced displacement, i.e., as a current or former refugee, asylum seeker, IDP, stateless person, or other category;

2) Have an interest in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies or related fields;

3) Be able to commit 6-8 hours a week to the course, for a period of three months.

Information sessions

Prospective applicants are invited to attend an information session where they can learn more about the online course from staff of the Refugee-Led Research Hub, and to ask any questions. Please use this Zoom link to attend a session (registration is not required):

  • Info session 1: Wednesday, May 18th @ 5pm BST 
  • Info session 2: Tuesday, May 24th @ 8am BST 
  • Info session 3: Thursday, May 26th @ 12 noon BST

Information sessions are scheduled at various times to enable people in different time-zones to attend. If you are not able to join for a live session, please send an email to request a recording:

Application details and deadlines

Applications must be submitted before 5pm BST on Monday 6th June to be considered for the first intake of the course. Any applications submitted thereafter will be considered for future enrolments. Please apply using the online application form.

If you have any additional comments or questions please contact us via email at

We aim to create an inclusive learning environment that is rich in diversity. We strongly encourage applications from individuals in social groups that are under-represented in this space, including, but not limited to LGBTQI+, gender non-conforming, women, and disabled candidates.