Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master's Programme, 120 credits

Make your commitment matter! You are dedicated to help tackling some of the most challenging issues in today’s world. This unique master’s programme relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, and to systems of domination and resistance movements.

Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master´s Programme - First and main admission round

Autumn 2021, Full-time, Norrköping

Closed for late application

Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students)

Autumn 2021, Full-time, Norrköping

You will sharpen your skills in analysing the causes of migration, as well as its consequences for emerging formations of race, gender, labour, citizenship, healthcare, welfare and culture.

The programme is interdisciplinary, integrating the humanities and the social sciences. In true LiU-spirit, there is a strong commitment to problem-solving, critical and innovative approaches.

You will learn how migration shapes society, from a historical and sociological point of view. Our dedicated students reach in-depth knowledge in the field of intersectional migration studies.

You can tailor your education towards a special interest, profession or field of expertise, by choosing elective courses, studies abroad and internships.

One of Europe’s top research institutions

The studies take place in our beautiful Campus Norrköping. Ethnic and migration studies is a strong interdisciplinary research field at LiU. It is pursued at different institutes, departments and units, notably REMESO – the institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society: one of Europe’s top institutions in ethnic and migration research.

In your courses you will meet teachers who are all doing research in the areas that they teach in. This means that courses provide an in-depth orientation of knowledge and analysis of each field and insights into the production of new knowledge. The programme offers direct contact with ongoing research.

Future opportunities

When you graduate, you’ll be qualified 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.

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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. Study abroad options include partner programmes in Ethnic and Migration Studies in Europe and Africa as well as Linköping University’s many exchange places throughout the world. Students can also apply for the EuMIGS Double Degree, a European Master’s in Migration Studies, with the second year of studies at University of Osnabrück (Germany), University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) or University of Coruña (Spain). 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 information can be found by selecting the drop-down ”Admission requirements” available under the Autumn 2021 tab.

The programme starts in early September 2021.

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This webinar covers the programme structure, the master’s thesis, examination forms, job opportunities, related research, and what it’s like to live in Sweden.

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International student ambassadors at Linköping University. Photo credit Anna NilsenHaqqi - Syria - PhD student Linköping University
''We investigated a whole set of challenging questions related to ethnicity, race and migration. The classroom culture was open and helpful for us to critically discuss almost any topic.

I did my internship with Doctors Without Borders in Stockholm and completed my MA thesis on Syrian-Kurdish refugees in the Kurdistan Region Iraq and questions of national and ethnic belonging.

Since January 2019, I have started as a PhD student at REMESO, Linköping University where I am conducting research on statelessness and politics of identity.''



Photo credit Anna Nilsen

Kristin - Germany - Current student
''I always wanted to study a master’s programme in the field of migration. However, those programmes are rare in Europe. LiU was one of very few universities with such an offer and it had the most interesting syllabus by far. The topics, the teaching methods and the structure sounded the most promising to me.

The class size is small, which I love. A seminar with around 30 people creates a familial atmosphere and a good base for fruitful discussions. This is especially important when you deal with phenomena like migration, racism or social inequality.

Don’t be afraid about the reading lists. They can be extremely long in this programme. But it also means that you will learn a lot.''

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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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