MA in Ethnic and Migration Studies, 120 credits

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Addressing some of the most challenging issues in today’s world, this programme relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, and to systems of domination and resistance movements. You learn to analyse the causes of migration, as well as its consequences for emerging formations of race, gender, labour, citizenship, healthcare, welfare and culture.

Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master´s Programme

Autumn 2019, Full time 100%, Norrköping

The master’s programme is interdisciplinary, integrating the humanities and the social sciences, and is animated by a commitment to critical, innovative and useful approaches to issues and problems within the broad field of ethnic and migration studies.

Students will gain a comprehensive grasp of the field of ethnic and migration studies and will be well prepared for positions in local, national and international organisations, administration, business, government, media and the cultural sector, as well as for further postgraduate studies and research.

The programme consists of a mix of mandatory courses and electives that will allow you an individual specialisation, options to study abroad, options for internships, and research tutorials with faculty. Teaching involves formats with a high level of student participation. Teaching forms include lectures, workshops, seminars and individual/group tutorials. 

Areas of focus include historical and sociological perspectives on the ways in which migration shapes  society; in-depth knowledge in the field of intersectional migration studies; globalisation and its link to changing conditions for work and migration; the European Union  asylum policies;, theories of biopolitics, citizenship and exclusion; and the relation of race, ethnicity and migration to cultural and aesthetic expressions such as narratives, visual arts, theatre and cinema.

The faculty will be joined by international guest professors to make up an interdisciplinary and internationally experienced team, covering all aspects of the programme’s curriculum and beyond. The program thus offers a direct interface with ongoing research.

Example of specific focus areas within the programme:

  • Historical perspectives on ethnicity and migration
  • Intersectional migration studies
  • Changing frameworks for citizenship
  • Migration and globalisation in post-colonial perspectives
  • Race, ethnicity and migration in culture and the arts
  • Migration and asylum policy in the European Union
  • Migration and health.

Syllabus and course details

In the first two semesters students follow eight mandatory courses of theoretical, thematic as well as methodological profiles. In the third semester, the programme allows students an individual specialisation through studies abroad, internships or teaching practice and elective courses. The fourth semester is mainly devoted to the composition of the master’s thesis. In addition to their course work, students follow a schedule of thematic seminars and tutorial meetings with the faculty. During their second year students attend seminars that address questions of method and topic selection in preparation for the master’s thesis..


Further information

A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition fees can be found by selecting the show more function at the top of the page. 

Career opportunities

As the programme offers possibilities of study abroad, elective courses and internships, students may tailor their education towards a special interest, profession or field of expertise. Studies abroad are usually conducted through the programme’s exchange agreements with partners in Europe and around the world. Internships give students an opportunity both to specialise and to test professional tasks and assignments with organisations and employers at the local, national or international level. In this way, the programme prepares for wide segments of the labour market, wherever expertise in migration and ethnic relations is needed, including work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, local and regional administration, business and communication, social work and activism, cultural analysis, journalism and commentary in the public sector, as well as further postgraduate studies and research.

Alumni Insights


Haqqi - Syria - Recent graduate

International student ambassadors at Linköping University. Photo credit Anna Nilsen

''We investigate a whole set of challenging questions related to ethnicity, race and migration. The classroom culture is open and helpful for us to critically discuss almost any topic. 

I did my internship with Doctors Without Borders in Stockholm and am now completing my MA thesis on Syrian-Kurdish refugees in Iraq and questions of national and ethnic belonging.''

Learning environment

The teachers in the programme are all doing research in the areas that they teach in their respective courses. This means that courses provide not only an in-depth orientation of knowledge and analysis of each field, but also insights into the production of new knowledge and perspectives in research that is ongoing. The teachers you will encounter in the programme represent different approaches and perspectives. In addition, students will also meet a number of visiting professors and researchers.

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