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Sociology: Migration and Ethnic Studies (track)

The track Migration and Ethnic Studies analyses global migration and mobility as part of broader processes of societal change. The course teaches you how migration is linked with processes of social stratification, identity and diversity and economic change in countries of origin and destination, and prepares you for further research or a professional career.

The core and elective courses of the Migration and Ethnic Studies Master's programme cover a wide array of migration-related issues, including

  • Patterns and trends global migration
  • Theories on the causes and continuation of migration
  • Settlement, integration and ethnic minority formation
  • The state, nation and citizenship
  • Identity, ethnicity and transnationalism
  • Migrants and minorities in the labour force
  • The evolution and effectiveness of migration policies
  • Migration and development in origin societies

Taught by world-class researchers, the course discusses migration from a broad sociological perspective, involving lecturers from across the social sciences as well as practitioners. The course provides a theoretical understanding of human mobility and the role of migration in social, cultural, economic and political transformation processes.

The programme provides you with the theoretical and empirical skills to critically analyze dynamics of migration and integration beyond media and policy stereotypes.

Student profile

You are expected to develop your capacity to think and work independently and to become knowledgeable researchers and practitioners, thinking critically about dynamics of migration and integration beyond media and policy stereotypes. A taste for empirical research combined with an interest in theory is appreciated, and will be cultivated during the course.  


The long-term, theoretical perspective on migration offered by this programme will equip you with the capacity to perform independent and critical analyses of processes, causes and consequences of migration. You will learn to understand the considerable gap between political rhetoric and realities of migration, how processes of development and social transformation shapes migration in complex and often counter-intuitive ways, how labour market dynamics drive immigration and how government policies shape migration and integration processes. The programme will teach you two question common assumptions about migration and integration and equip you with the theoretical and empirical skills to conduct independent analyses. These skills are highly transferable across the labour market, as is apparent in the variety of roles performed by our recent graduates.

Focus on research

The academic staff teaching this track are involved in cutting-edge, innovative research on migration and integration. Professors draw on their own research in teaching the topics and approaches of the core courses and electives. The core teaching staff are researchers at the prestigious International Migration Institute (IMI), a leading research center on global migration issues based at the University of Amsterdam. Students are encouraged to take part of seminars and lectures sponsored by IMI.

Key facts

Sociology: Migration and Ethnic Studies (track)
Diploma MSc Sociology
Type Regulier onderwijs
Vorm Voltijd
Studielast 60 EC, 12 maanden
Voertaal Engels
Start September
CROHO-code 66601