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Global Studies

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As a postgraduate student you will tackle central issues affecting our world on a range of exciting and innovative courses in international development, NGOs, international relations and refugee studies.

School of Social Sciences
  • unique opportunity

    Many of our courses are unique, combining disciplines that are not available at other universities, and we already have years of experience teaching them.

  • global network

    We’ll give you the practical as well as theoretical skills to work in development, international relations, asylum and forced migration, and we’ve built up valuable networks of alumni in these fields.

  • internationally recognised

    Our academic staff are working on important and innovative research. They are internationally recognised and up to date with the latest developments in their fields, ensuring that what they teach you is relevant and current.

Why us?

We offer a series of acclaimed courses, many of them pioneering and unique, which focus on the practical side of development work, people-centred approaches to displacement, development and human security, critical approaches to global politics and international relations.

Many of our courses involve subjects in which UEL has led the field in teaching and research. We were the first university to provide a special focus on international relations and the environment and many of our courses are unique.

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We will help you develop advanced critical and evaluative abilities, as well as research management skills. This will make you an informed and critical professional in international relations, development and forced migration studies.

Many of our students go on to work in major national and international organisations and we make a point of linking up current students with alumni in our fields of study.

why us


Studying for an MA in Refugee Studies at UEL gave me the confidence, knowledge and skills to switch direction in my career. I enjoyed the collaborative approach and the recognition of the relevant experiences we each brought, whether as students or tutors.
Debora Singer MBE , MA Refugee Studies, now policy and research manager, Asylum Aid.
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What we’re researching

When you undertake one of our master’s courses you’ll be taught by research-active, well-published academic staff who are experts in their field.

Our academic team are actively researching the key issues of today’s globalised world, such as fair trade and wellbeing, justice and natural resource extraction, comparative perspectives of urban deprivation and gender and development. 

We are engaged in cutting-edge research in the area of posthuman approaches to international relations, ‘the posthuman way of war’, gender power systems of conflict and violence, psychosocial aspects of forced displacement, digital diasporas, social capital and integration.

Our staff also have regional expertise and excellent contacts in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Western Balkans.

We have a number of research centres and groups in the area of global studies and run many research seminars and events. All of our postgraduate students are welcome to become part of our vibrant research community.

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