Postgraduate Diploma in Migration Studies


Analysis by IGAD reveals distinct patterns of migration flows that are now the focus of the development of migration architecture in IGAD member states. The countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, currently hosts 4.6 million IDPs and 1.8 million refugees, while also producing 1.9 million refugees. 50% of these 8 million people from IGAD migrate within the region, while the 46% migrate to developed countries, and 4% migrate to Middle East. It is for this purpose that this program was developed to train migration personnel and other stake holders on issues of migration governance and management with the IGAD member states


Philosophy of the Programme

Contemporary research and data suggest that migration is likely to continue to be important in the future because of; continuing strong pressures for global integration, capitalism’s demand for certain types of labour, and people’s desire to migrate in order to improve their life-chances. However, these developments present both opportunities and challenges which necessitate proper management of the migration systems at all levels of society. The programme is anchored on and informed by the Vision and Mission of the University of Nairobi and seeks to provide the students with quality education in migration studies and equip them with knowledge and skills on how to manage the complexities of migration and how to carry out research to provide much needed evidence for informed decision making.



The act of migration - voluntary or forced, documented or undocumented, within or beyond borders - constitutes today an increasingly complex process, determined by often inter-related historical, geographical, economic, sociological and political factors. Migration is a part of the process of transformation of social structures and institutions, and of the entire global political economy. Migration is not only affected by broad dynamics of national and global social change, but also part and parcel of that change. Migration shapes and re-shapes societies, making them more diverse and complex as a result, the issue of migration has been high on the global policy agenda in recent years.


There is no institution of higher learning in the Eastern part of Africa (IGAD countries) that offers basic training in migration beyond the first degree and therefore the programme was designed in partnership with Kenya Institute of migration Studies among other stakeholders who work within the sector such as the migration governance, higher learning institutions and other government agencies within and out of the region to develop a global and regional curriculum

Objectives are to:

a) Build the capacity of state and non-state actors within the Eastern Africa region to be able to manage migration in order to harness the potential of regular migration for sustainable development;

b) Expose the learners to broad inter-disciplinary perspective of the complexity of migration in different contexts;

c) Provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes, consequences and dynamics of different types of contemporary migration.


Mode of delivery

The program will be offered on the following modes

a) Face-to-Face Mode

This will be offered through didactic lectures, case studies, tutorials, seminars, class discussions and presentations, and fieldwork.

b) Open Distance and e-Learning Mode

This will be offered using a multi-media approach that includes self-instructional print and electronic study materials. This will include interactive study materials and both synchronous and asynchronous modes of learning. Online teaching and learning shall be offered through the Learning Management Systems (LMS) of the University of Nairobi.

c)Blended Learning Mode

This will combine both face-to-face and online learning approaches.


Schedule of intakes

The programmes will be admitting applicants once per year during September intake as per the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences guidelines

Detailed application information is provided in the university of Nairobi website.


Contact Information

The Chairman, Geography Population & Environmental Studies

P.O. BOX 30197 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254-020-4918222



List of Courses/ Course Outline


Course  Codes



  1. semester 1 Core courses




PGMS 501: Introduction to Migration Studies



PGMS 502: Basic Techniques for Migration Analysis



PGMS 503: Migration and Development



PGMS 504: Migration Policy  and Governance


  1. Semester 2  Core Courses




PGMS 505: Research Methods for Migration



PGMS 506: Security and Border Management



PGMS 507: Legal Frameworks in Migration Management


  1. Electives




PGMS 508:Documentation and Fraud detection



PGMS 509: Diaspora Engagement, Policy and Development



PGMS 510: Data and Information Management



PGMS 511: Forced and Irregular  Migration



PGMS 512: French



PGMS 512: Arabic



PGMS 512: Spanish



PGMS 520: Research Project





Course Duration and Structure

  1. The programme shall be covered in a minimum of 2 semesters and a maximum of 4 semesters.
  2. Each semester will be 15 weeks and there will be 2 semesters in a calendar year.
  3. The minimum number of course units to be taken shall be 8 of which 7 will be core and 1 shall be electives in addition to a research project.
  4. Each course unit shall have forty five (45) contact hours of study
  5. The student will be expected to complete a research projects taken in the second semester.
  6. The project is equivalent to 2 course units (90 hours).


Minimum Admission Requirements

1. The common regulations for admission into the postgraduate diploma of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

2. In addition, applicants must be holders of a Bachelor's degree of the University of Nairobi or any other equivalent institution recognized by University of Nairobi Senate.


Credit Transfer and Exemptions

  1. A student may be exempted from taking some course units and be allowed to transfer credit unit up to a maximum of one third (1/3) of the taught units provided that they were taken at equivalent level of education from institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
  2. A student seeking transfer of credit shall send a formal application to the Graduate School through the Director Population Studies and Research Institute justifying the request with relevant supporting documents.
  3. Transfer of credit shall be considered only after payment of the prescribed nonrefundable fees.
  4. Grades for the transferred courses units shall be entered in the candidate’s transcripts while the exempted course units shall be entered as “exempt”.



Students Obligations

The student shall be required to attend all the scheduled lectures and tutorials for the registered course units.

Lecturer Obligation

The course lecturer shall be required to deliver the curriculum to the learners as per the teaching timetable, apply problem-based learning approaches, align the curriculum to learning needs and outcomes, be available for consultation by students, and assess learners based on the curriculum and aligned learning outcomes.



Application Information

Applications for admission are open throughout the year through the online platform. The requirements for submitting your application are detailed in the link provided

Career prospects

The program will produce experts in the following;

Migration management & government experts

Migration practitioners

Internal and external National security experts

International Organization for Migration

(German Corporation for International Cooperation) GIZ

Diplomatic Missions

United Nations Commission for Refugees

UN organizations such as FAO

Management of Border posts

Management of Airports migration issues

Data Analysis insecurity and research

State and Non-State Actors with mandate on: migration, travel documents, vital statistics registration services, citizenship, human rights Institutions or lobby groups, refugees, asylum seekers, labour migration and migrant workers, Trade Unions, Employers federations, work permits, residence permits, passes to attend schools and colleges, visa processing, customs and border control, Security, Policing services, HR Profession firms / functions, Legal Profession firms / function


Attachment Opportunities

Attachment opportunities are available at government institutions such as Kenya water Institute, Ministry of water and Environment, Ministry of Lands housing and Urban Development, County Governments among others. At international level attachments are available at UNEP Kenya, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development(RCMRD), NGOs dealing with environment and conservation


Notable Alumni

1.Ahmed Siad Odeysuge, Somalia National- Immigration Attaché of the Federal Republic of Somalia to Saudi Arabia;

2. Makokha Roselyne Silima, Kenyan National, Personal Assistant (PA) to the Director General of Immigration Services;

3. Masete Apollo Wanyakha, Ugandan National, Special Advisor to the Director of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Republic of Uganda;

4. Nchololoi Sangale John, Kenyan National, Immigration Officer and the Representative of Directorate of Immigration Services at the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC);

5. Taha Mursi Awad Mursi, Sudanese National, Foreign Service Officer and the Ambassador of the Sudan to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;

6. Waila Beatrice Ndungwa, Kenyan National, Immigration Officer and Representative of the member state on the Scientific Committee on migration and displacement of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD);

7. Mohmed Fetheya Said, Ethiopian National, Lawyer and Senior Country Representative of the United Nations (UN) Agency, International organization for Migration (IOM) in the East Horn of Africa Region based in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia;

8. Maneno Hellen Iminza, Kenyan National, the Commissioner for Labour in Kenya,  

9.Wajackoyah George Luchiri, Kenyan National, the Presidential Candidate during the 2022 Presidential Elections in Kenya;

10. Rashid Ibrahim Khator, Kenyan National, Immigration Attache of the Republic Of Kenya to Qatar, the 2022 Fifa World Cup host Country;

11.Juliane Njuguna Nduta, Kenyan National, Advocate and Human Rights defender for the victims of Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants at Love Justice International NGO in Kenya;


S No:






8 Course units @15000each




Charged as equivalent of 2 course units



Examination fees

8 examination paper @1000 each




1000 per semester



Student ID

500 per year



Medical fee

5,000 per year




5,000 per semester



Activity fee

2,000 per year




5,000 (once and refundable)



Computer fee

5,000 per year



Study Tours



Total Annual cost