MA in Ethnic and Migration Studies


Program Description

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  • Start: Autumn 2020
  • Place of study: Norrköping
  • Level: Second-cycle

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

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

The program 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 program offers direct contact with ongoing research.

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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 program allows students an individual specialization through studies abroad, internships or teaching practice and elective courses. Study abroad options include partner programs 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 the 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.

This master’s program in Ethnic and Migration Studies is a two-year, full-time program. The program educates students in theories and methodologies in Ethnic and Migration Studies, with special reference to globalization, processes of identity formation related to class, gender, citizenship, social and cultural change, and relations of power and resistance. The program is embedded in a trans- and multidisciplinary educational environment, characterized by an integration of the humanities and social sciences, with historical and sociological, economic and cultural perspectives on ethnicity and migration. More specifically, the program offers:

  • A critical approach to issues of ethnicity, race, social differences, migration, citizenship, and borders.
  • Practical skills and expertise in social and cultural analysis and policy development, preparing for a variety of professions in working life.
  • A critical scientific approach where politics, economy, and labor are foregrounded in the study of ethnicity and migration.
  • An understanding of situating ethnicity and migration in its global context.
  • A trans- and multi-disciplinary understanding of science and scholarship, fully integrating the social sciences and the humanities, historical as well as sociological, economic as well as cultural perspectives on ethnicity and migration.

The program qualifies the students to integrate perspectives concerning migration and ethnicity in analysis and innovative intervention in both academic knowledge production and governmental or non-governmental organizations at national and international levels. The program thus prepares students for further postgraduate studies, teaching and research in the interdisciplinary field of Ethnic and Migration Studies, as well as for positions in administration, communication, business, government, public life, media and the cultural sector that demand expertise in ethnicity and migration. The program also enables the students to actively contribute with their acquired knowledge and skills to the analysis and debate on ethnicity and migration in a wide range of areas such from the culture, media and the arts to politics, business, and administration

Career opportunities

When you graduate, you’ll be qualified for positions in local, national and international organizations, administration, business, government, media, and the cultural sector, as well as for further postgraduate studies and research.

Learning environment

The teachers in the program 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 program represent different approaches and perspectives. In addition, students will also meet a number of visiting professors and researchers.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within the humanities, fine arts, cultural studies, social sciences, behavioral sciences, health sciences or natural sciences or equivalent qualifications is required.

English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). Exemption from Swedish 3.

Special selection

Selection will be based on:

  • Academic merits and Letter of Intent

Each applicant should, therefore, enclose a Letter of Intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this program and a summary of their bachelor’s essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor’s essay or project, their Letter of Intent should describe previous studies and any academic activities that are related to the master’s program or the programs applied for.

Last updated Feb 2020

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