Study programme

Programme outline

 First semesterSecond semester

First year

  • International Migration: Economy, Climate, Conflict - 7.5 EC
  • Identity and Cultural Diversity - 7.5 EC
  • Research Practicum 1 - 7.5 EC
  • Multivariate statistics in practice for MERM - 7.5 EC
  • Ethnic Prejudice, Racism and Nationalism - 7.5 EC
  • Inclusion of immigrants and refugees: Inequality and cohesion - 7.5 EC
  • Research Practicum 2 - 7.5 EC
  • Methods and Statistics 2 - 7.5 EC

Second year


  • Promoting Positive Intergroup Relations in Youth - 3.75 EC
  • An Institutional Rights Perspective on Immigrant Inclusion - 3.75 EC
  • Elective course - 7.5 EC
  • Research Seminar 1: Theory and Hypotheses - 3.75 EC
  • Capita selecta: reading and debates - 3.75 EC
  • Research Practicum 3 - 7.5 EC
  • Research Seminar 2: Analysis, Results, Report - 3.75 EC
  • Capita selecta: reading and debates - 3.75 EC
  • Master's Thesis - 22.5 EC

Year 1

The first year consists of eight courses with three parallel courses in each of two semesters. There are three types of courses:

  • General courses on theory and research in migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism
  • Courses focusing on research methods and statistics
  • Research practicums

Each semester ends with a research practicum of four weeks that focuses on the integration of the three previous courses of the respective semester.

Year 2

The second year includes:

  • Courses on theory and research
  • One research practicum
  • An elective
  • Two research seminars devoted to the writing of the Master’s thesis
  • Master's thesis

In the elective, you can select a course from another Master’s programme, follow a relevant Summer School programme, undertake an internship within a team of researchers in a research institute, or acquire work experience in a professional context relevant to MERM students.

Below, you will find an overview of courses from the current academic year of this Master's. This overview is meant to give you an idea of what to expect. The course offer may change in the coming academic year.

Master's thesis

The thesis takes the form of an article that (in principle) can be submitted to an international journal. Examples of student theses that have been published in recent years include:

I really enjoyed the process of writing the thesis, since this gave me the opportunity to do independent research on a topic that I found very interesting.