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 six courses with two 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
  • Two 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, or undertake a traineeship within a team of researchers in a research institute (within a university setting).

Writing the Master’s thesis in the form of a journal article has proved to be an enlightening and very pleasant experience.
Thomas de Vroome

Master's thesis

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

  • "Ethnic differences in female labour force praticipation in the Netherlands: Adding gender role attitudes and religiosity to the explanation" in European Sociological Review.
  • "Perceived social structural relations and group stereotypes: A test of the Stereotype content Model in Malaysia" in Asian Journal of Social Psychology.
  • "Translationalism and Ethnic Identification among adolescent children of immigrants in the Netherlands, Germany, England and Sweden" in International Migration Review.
  • "Transmission of gender-role values in Turkish-German migrant families: The role of gender, intergenerational and intercultural relations" in Zeitschrift für Familienforschung
  • "Mobilizing support for the extreme right: A discursive analysis of minority leadership" in British Journal of Social Psychology.
  • "Paradox of integration: Educational Attainment and Immigrants' Attitude Towards the Native Population" in Social Psychology.

Bring Your Own Device

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