MSc Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism

Utrecht University

Program Description

MSc Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism

Utrecht University

Investigate immigrants’ integration and the consequences of cultural diversity

Why do people migrate? How do immigrants integrate and develop (new of dual) cultural identities? How do host societies respond to immigrants? Why and when do ethnic and religious differences lead to conflicts and misunderstandings? What are the reasons for prejudice and racism and how can these negative reactions be minimized?

Topics of high societal significance

In this Master's programme in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculuralism you will focus on questions of high societal significance and policy relevance, that relate to:

  • international migration
  • integration and cultural identity
  • the development of ethnic relations
  • the management of cultural diversity

The programme addresses these topics from the assumption that systematic understanding of the precursors and processes of migration and integration is essential for the development of adequate policies and interventions in pluralistic societies.

Interdisciplinary methodology

This two-year Master's programme contributes to interdiciplinary theoretical and empirical knowledge in the social sciences. You will learn the main theories and approaches developed in:

  • social and cultural psychology
  • sociology
  • political science
  • anthropology


You will receive extensive training in research methodology, and graduate well prepared for further PhD studies within the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) or another institute in the Netherlands or abroad. Your studies will also prepare you for a career in research or advisory positions within academic institutes, policy organisations and NGOs. The programme’s instructional staff participate in the research groups of the departments of Interdisciplinary Social Science (Prof. Verkuyten and Prof. Vollebergh), Sociology (Prof. Buskens) and Methods & Statistics (Prof. Van der Heijde).


Through your studies, you develop into a well-qualified science practitioner. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to go on to PhD training or a research career outside academia. You will receive a structured and systematic training in theoretically and methodologically advanced research, that will equip you to help solve social science problems in the fields of migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 12, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,951 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Utrecht
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 1,951 EUR
Statutory fee. Institutional fee: € 15,150 (2014-2015) € 15,330 (2015-2016)