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 2024 / Full-time / Norrköping

Closed for late application

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

Autumn 2024 / Full-time / Norrköping

Closed for late application
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.

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. 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 2024 tab.


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.

Student and alumni insights

Meet Gvantsa

This interdisciplinary master’s programme at one of Europe’s top research institutions relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, as well as to systems of domination and resistance movements.

Meet international student Gvantsa and hear what she has to say about the programme at Linköping University and life in Sweden.

Collage of four portrait photos. One man and three women.

Ethnic and Migration Studies alumni share their experiences

Matilde, Tamar, Antoine and Froso are all former students of the Ethnic and Migration Studies Master's Programme at LiU. They recently shared their experiences and what they are doing now in their careers.

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.

Stories from the programme

Studenter i samtal.

The learning of the future: International double degree programme in focus

In a world characterised by diversity and global challenges, double degree programmes in migration studies are an innovative resource at LiU. The programme is an unique opportunity to get broadening perspectives at two universities in two countries

Portraying migration and integration – with art

Through stories and creativity, we can approach complex matters. The participants in the project Migration and Movement seized on this. Together they create art relating to themes such as migration, integration and human rights.

Exhibition about covid-19 and migration. By the students in the master's programme Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Master's students create exhibition about migration and covid-19

How is the corona pandemic affecting integration and migration? The students in the master’s program in ethnic and migration studies have studied this. The results are shown in an exhibition at Campus Norrköping.

Black lives matter protest.

Black Lives Matter - a global human rights movement

The Black Lives Matter movement is an international human rights movement that has existed since 2013. In late spring 2020 the movement spread to countries across the world. LiU PhD candidate Mavis Hooi answers four questions about the movement.


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