Master in Immigration Management

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited

Master in Immigration Management

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Master in Immigration Management

The master's programme in Immigration Management is aimed at people interested in migration and diversity management who are seeking quality university training that combines a solid foundation of theoretical and applied knowledge with a series of useful tools for specializing in the areas of academic research, case studies and comparative studies, including quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques.


The programme's ultimate goal is to train researchers in the field of immigration and diversity in keeping with its guiding principles: academic rationale, scientific rigour and practical application.

Who is it for?

The programme is primarily aimed at:

  • University students interested in continuing their studies with a view to researching migration and diversity.
  • Young professionals and university graduates seeking to specialize in immigration management.
  • Experts and specialists, policymakers and public administrators in various government bodies.
  • Social workers and members of organizations involved in immigration management.


All students must take three common compulsory modules (10 ECTS credits each): Theory and methodology, Law and economy, and Policy and society. Additionally, students must complete an optional module (9 ECTS credits, consisting of three subjects worth 3 ECTS credits each, to be chosen from a total of eleven), a research seminar (12 ECTS credits), and a final research paper (9 ECTS credits).


Subjects are taught by internationally renowned academics, who are direct specialists and experts in the relevant areas of instruction. The full list of faculty members will be published on the programme's website.


Module 1. Theory and methodology (10 ECTS credits)

  • Foundations of Immigration Policy (5 ECTS credits)
  • Sources and Tools for Migration Analysis (5 ECTS credits)

Module 2. Law and economics (10 ECTS credits)

  • Legal Framework of Migration (5 ECTS credits)
  • Economics of Migration (5 ECTS credits)

Module 3. Policy and society (10 ECTS credits)

  • Comparative Migration Policy (5 ECTS credits)
  • The Welfare State and Public Policy (5 ECTS credits)

Module 4. Optional (9 ECTS credits)

  • Qualitative Research Methods (3 ECTS credits)
  • Research Tools (3 ECTS credits)
  • Immigration Management (3 ECTS credits)
  • The Stakeholder Network (3 ECTS credits)
  • The Challenges of Multiculturalism (3 ECTS credits)
  • Education and Immigration (3 ECTS credits)
  • The Foreign Dimension of Immigration Policy (3 ECTS credits)
  • Asylum and Refugee Law (3 ECTS credits)
  • Discourse Analysis, Racism and Immigration (3 ECTS credits)
  • Media and Immigration (3 ECTS credits)
  • Management of Religious Pluralism (3 ECTS credits)

Module 5. Research seminars (12 ECTS credits)

These seminars are intended to help students master the methodological tools they need to design, plan and conduct research by fostering dialogue and the exchange of ideas and resources between students and experts. They moreover aim to facilitate contact between students and researchers at research centres, institutions, and public and social organizations that produce knowledge, data and information, as such exchanges provide students with a good grasp of the migration and diversity issues currently on the social and political agenda. Finally, these seminars will also offer students insight into research networks and the real possibilities of working as experts in this field.

Module 6. Master's degree final project (9 ECTS credits)

Students must carry out an individual master's degree final project based on original research conducted under the supervision of an academic tutor. The research must be socially and politically relevant, must take into account the main academic debates, and must constitute an original contribution to the field. The project may be a conceptual study of the state of affairs in an area of interest to the student or a theoretical or empirical study on a relevant issue on the current political and social agenda.

Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

Students primarily receive training in three types of tools: theoretical, instrumental and practical. Additionally, debates, seminars, workshops and roundtables are held to encourage discussion and disseminate information that is relevant to decision-taking and to designing research that contributes to academic debate.

Career prospects

  • Academic researcher in the fields of immigration and diversity.
  • Specialist on migration and diversity for foundations, consulting firms and research institutions.
  • Specialist on immigration management (all levels of government).
  • Immigration programme director for non-profit social organizations.
  • Expert on immigration for political, economic and cultural institutions.
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
3,079 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Spain Barcelona
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 3,079 EUR
- Home/EU Fee; 4.092 € - International Fee (per year)