Studying Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies at UCC

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Blog by Diana Saltykova

As a part of Erasmus Mundus MITRA Master’s program, I spent one semester of my post-graduate studies at UCC. More precisely, I participated in the Master’s program in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies offered by the Geography Department. It was my first time in Ireland and I have been really excited for my experience of studying in Cork.

I took three courses at the Geography department and I have been very satisfied with the quality of education I received. The lecturers were well-prepared and distributed readings materials in advance, so that we could base ourselves on these readings while discussing the topics in class. I have particularly enjoyed meeting the guest speakers who came from different governmental and non-governmental organizations in the area of migration. First, guest speakers helped us relate theoretical readings and investigations to real-world examples and situations. Secondly, through guest lecturers we were introduced to the job market for graduates. In addition, I obtained a thorough understanding of social science research methodologies. Each lecturer presented his or her own experience in researching as well as suggested important readings on the topic.

Overall, I am grateful to Dr. Liam Coakley for organizing the program and accommodating to our needs. It is also worth mentioning that the university campus itself was great: it offered a great library facility and a spacious student center. Thus, I highly recommend the Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies to anyone interested in working in migration field.

Upcoming PhD Workshops

Research students should not miss out on a great series of PhD workshops on February 5th and 6th.


1. Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students 

Dr Liam Marnane, Thursday, 5 February 2015 from 09:30 to 12:30

Full details and registration is available here 

This workshop describes the key habits that research and experience with thousands of students indicate will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your PhD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a PhD.

2. PhD Workshop: Turbocharge your writing

Dr Liam Marnane,Thursday, 5 February 2015 from 13:30 to 16:30

Full details and registration is available here 

Would you like to know the secret to high output, low stress scholarly writing? In academia it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity.

3. PhD Workshop: Defeating Self-Sabotage

Dr Liam Marnane, Friday, 6 February 2015 from 09:30 to 12:30

Full details and registration is available here

Do you find that despite your best efforts to ‘work on your thesis’ or get your research output going it just doesn’t seem to be happening? Does there always seem to be something more urgent, interesting or important to do? Perhaps you are self-sabotaging.