Study Programme

Programme outline

  First semester Second semester

First year

  • International Migration 7.5 EC
  • Identity and Cultural Diversity 7.5 EC
  • Research Practicum 1  7.5 EC
  • Methods and Statistics 1  7,5 EC
  • Acculturation and Cultural Comparison 7.5 EC
  • Immigrant Integration: Inequality and Cohesion 7.5 EC
  • Research Practicum 2  7.5 EC
  • Methods and Statistics 2  7,5 EC

Second year


  • Ethnic Prejudice, Racism and Nationalism 7.5 EC
  • Elective course 7.5 EC
  • Research Seminar 1: Theory and Hypotheses 7.5 EC
  • Research Practicum 3  7.5 EC
  • Research Seminar 2: Analysis, Results, Report  7.5 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:

  • One general course 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.

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

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:

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