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The RSC offers academically rigorous, multidisciplinary teaching that attracts the finest students and practitioners from around the world. Our degree and non-degree courses have two distinct aims: to further academic understanding of forced migration by training future researchers and teachers; and to cultivate the ‘reflective practitioner’ by enabling practitioners to engage with key debates and situate displacement in a broad historical and international context.


MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

The MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies is an interdisciplinary degree taught by leading experts in the field of forced migration from international law, politics and international relations, anthropology, and other disciplines. The course enables participants to explore forced migration through a thesis, a research essay, and a range of required courses. This nine-month course places forced migration in an academic framework, preparing you for doctoral study or for work relevant to human rights, refugees and migration.

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DPhil in International Development

The RSC is a vibrant training ground for young doctoral researchers. Our staff supervise candidates undertaking research degrees at the Department of International Development and other Oxford University centres, and provide external supervision to candidates based elsewhere. Students come from different academic disciplines including development studies, politics and international relations, social and cultural anthropology, geography and psychology.

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Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships at the RSC are open to PhD (DPhil) students, post doctoral scholars and professional academics researching aspects of forced migration. The main purpose of the Visiting Fellows programme is to enhance the academic work (research and teaching) of the RSC by mutual exchange and learning.

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International Summer School in Forced Migration

The RSC’s International Summer School fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and other forced migrants. It provides the time and space for them to reflect on their experiences and to think critically about some of the aims and assumptions underlying their work. The course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning and reflection.

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Short courses

The RSC’s short courses, usually held over a weekend, give up to 50 people the opportunity to receive additional professional training and develop expertise in particular refugee-related areas.

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