After the MSc
The MSc in Migration Studies seeks to prepare students for further social science research, or for a career within the increasing number of organisations – public and private, national and international – concerned with migration issues.
Our graduates have gone on to doctoral degrees, law school, research and consultancy. Many are now employed by organisations such as the European Commission, ILO, IOM, UNICEF, RAND, Red Cross, Red Crescent, think tanks, national governments and leading universities around the world.
After my time at Oxford, I have been pursuing a JD (Juris Doctor) at Harvard Law School. At HLS, I have been working at the Immigration and Refugee Clinic, which is designed to guide law students provide pro bono legal services to those with precarious immigration statuses. This winter, I will be traveling to Ramat Gan in Israel to work at the Clinic for Migrants’ Rights at the College of Law and Business.
The MSc in Migration Studies provided an excellent transition from a purely academic to direct services involvement with immigration law. As an immigrant, I had always been interested in ideas of belonging and citizenship. The taught courses on the MSc helped me ground those ideas in an interdisciplinary platform. I learned about how the states’, the communities’, and the individual’s ideas of belonging played out on economic, political, anthropological, and transnational stages. This interdisciplinary ability to consider how the act of moving across borders affects both individual and systematic actors has helped me serve my clients better. Further, it has helped me recognize the possible areas for improvement in our current immigration law and policy, which gives me inspiration for future work.
The MSc also prepared me for the rigors and structure of a JD program by helping me make habits of critical thinking and writing, planning and organisation, and research. However, the most meaningful thing I gained from my year at Oxford was the lasting personal and professional relationships I forged with coursemates and friends throughout the university.
Sussan Lee, Graduated 2012