RSC Pathways – Online course in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies


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Type of opportunity

Preparation for university, Other Types

Closed for 2024
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Refugee-Led Research Hub (RLRH)

About this opportunity

RSC Pathways is an online course in Refugee Studies designed specifically for learners who have been affected by forced displacement. It is inspired by the University of Oxford’s MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Over three months, learners will be part of a global cohort studying the main disciplines and themes in this field of studies. They will be taught by lecturers of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) and receive direct mentorship from staff at the Refugee-Led Research Hub (RLRH) who facilitate deep engagement with all course material across 10 modules.

RSC Pathways is designed to support learners to progress to advanced academic and research opportunities. Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to join the RLRH’s graduate access support programme, OGASS. Pathways is offered free of charge, and learners will receive a certificate from the RSC upon completion.

The online course has eight required modules with additional optional modules that learners can complete alongside a cohort of classmates within three months. Detailed information about the modules can be found on the application form. Learners must be able to commit 12–14 hours per week, beginning 1 May until 31 July.

For greater insight, please visit this webpage.

Level of Study

  • Foundation
  • Other Levels
  • Pre-university

Other levels of study

RSC Pathways is an online course that exposes students to the Social Sciences and Humanities, in preparation for further study at the undergraduate or postgraduate levels.

Other levels of study

RSC Pathways intends to serve as a bridge from Bachelor’s degrees, into Master’s or doctoral degrees.


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Ukraine schemes, British National (Overseas), Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave), Other

Other eligibility criteria

Anyone who self-identifies as having been affected by forced displacement is invited to apply for RSC Pathways.

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

In order to join this course, applicants must:

  1. Have lived experience of forced displacement (e.g. identifying as a current or ‘former’ refugee, asylum seeker, IDP, stateless person, or another category);
  2. Have completed a bachelor’s degree, or be in the final academic year of their study. Those with degrees in fields related to Social Sciences and Humanities are encouraged to apply (e.g. in International Relations, Politics, International Development, History, etc.). If you do not have a BA but possess comparable academic, research, or professional experience, you are also welcome to apply;
  3. Convey interest in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and humanitarian issues;
  4. Be able to commit 12–14 hours a week, for a period of 3 months.

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.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Study costs (books, travel, etc.)

Additional notes about support provided

The RLRH team will facilitate all aspects of the course. They will be available during live weekly sessions to guide learners through the material, and they will also be available over Whatsapp, email, and during office hours to support learners.

Pathways also includes an optional 6-week intensive writing workshop that will allow learners who opt in to complete a 2,000-word essay on a topic of their choice. This multi-session workshop is great for building writing and critical thinking skills and enables learners to leave the course with a strong writing sample that can be used in graduate school applications

Types of study available

  • Online
  • Face-to-face
  • Other

Other types of study

RSC Pathways intends to serve as a bridge from Bachelor’s degrees, into Master’s or doctoral degrees.

Additional information about the types of study

The course is available globally. If you are based in or around RLRH or RSC offices (in Oxford and Nairobi) you are invited to use our in-person resources and attend academic and social events.

Additional details about application process

To apply for this opportunity, you will have to fill out an online form. The form may take 2–3 hours to complete.

Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


For further questions contact the scholarship provider