1. institution or centre
  2. contact information (mailing address, website, telephone, fax, etc.)
  3. key contact person(s)
  4. programmes offered (degrees, diplomas, certificates, courses, etc.)
  5. courses


Institution or Centre

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


Contact Information

African Centre for Migration and Society
University of the Witwatersrand
Room 5, ground floor, SW Engineering Building, East Campus
1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg.

P.O. Box 76, Wits 2050, South Africa

t : +27 (0)11 717 4092/4033
f : + 27(0)11 717 4040
e: teaching@migration.org.za
w: http://migration.org.za


Key Contacts

 Loren Landau, Director, loren.landau@wits.ac.za
Padma Dayah, Student Liaison, padma.dayah@wits.ac.za



a)      Master of Arts (MA) in Migration and Displacement by Coursework and Research Report 

Intended to advance candidates’ critical engagement with the theory and practices of migration and displacement, this degree is suitable for those who would like to advance their scholarly training in migration studies. Successful applicants to the MA degree will possess a good Honours or four-year undergraduate degree (typically with an average of 65% or above) in any social-science or related discipline. Candidates with relevant professional experience will also be considered.


Students are expected to complete two mandatory courses, an additional course and a research report.

Mandatory courses

  • Introduction to Migration and Displacement  (First Term)
  • The Logics and Methods of Forced Migration Research (First Term) 

Additional Course (choice of 1 course)

  • Migration and Human Rights (Second Term)
  • The Psychosocial  and Health Consequences of Forced Migration (Second Term)

Required Submission:

  • Research Report Submission 12 months after enrolment (Mid February the following year)


 b)      Master of Arts (MA) in Migration and Displacement by Research -Dissertation only

The MA by research is intended to advance candidates critical engagement with the theory and practices of migration and displacement. The Masters by Research is intended for advanced students with prior social-science research experience and a background in migration studies. Evaluation is based solely on the successful completion of a research report of around 50,000 words.


Submission of the research report based on substantial, primary-source research is normally expected 12 months after enrolment for full-time students. Part-time students have up to two years to complete the projects.


c)      PhD

The PhD programme suitable for those who intend to have a career in research either inside or outside the academy. Successful doctoral applicants must have a strong undergraduate degree and Masters qualification; a substantive background in a migration-related field; and a demonstrated ability to conduct methodologically sound, independent, academic research. Strong students who do not meet all of these qualifications may be admitted on the condition that they register for a research methods course and/or the core course, or complete a Masters degree through the programme. Full-time students have 2 years -and part-time students 4 years- to complete the degree.