The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies.

What makes International Migration and Ethnic Relations unique?

This master's programme teaches you how to conduct in-depth analysis, evaluate policies and criticise and critique migration-related policies.You should expect research-based training and an interdisciplinary outlook that links social sciences with humanities.

Study methods include lectures and discussions, group projects, study visits, thesis work and self-study of literature.

Career opportunities

Understanding the complexities of international migration and ethnic relations is essential to ensure reflective decision-making in a variety of fields, for example, international organisations, academia, national and local governments, NGOs, and the media. Students who have completed the programme are also eligible to apply for PhD studies.

Entry requirements

  1. Degree of Bachelor in Social Sciences or Humanities
  2. General eligibility + the equivalent of English course B from Swedish secondary school.


Semester 1:

  • International Migration, Inclusion and Exclusion, 15 credits

The course gives an introduction to advanced IMER studies and current themes in IMER research.

  • Identity and Ethnicity in a Global Community, 15 credits

During the course, we will discuss and problematize the work of classical theorists relevant to the multidisciplinary field of IMER research.

Semester 2:

  • Theory of Science and Research Methodology, 15 credits

During the course, we will discuss the theory of science and research methods relevant to the multidisciplinary field of advanced IMER studies.

  • Migration and Citizenship, 15 credits.

Semester 3:

  • Elective courses, 30 credits

During this semester, the student chooses advanced level courses (covering a total of 30 credits) offered by IMER or does a period of exchange studies. Such exchange studies must be approved by the programme coordinator.

Semester 4:

  • IMER Master Thesis, 30 credits

The two-year master’s programme is concluded with a 30-credit thesis, covering one full semester.


  • International Migration, Inclusion, and Exclusion, 15 credits (IM634L)
  • Identity and Ethnicity in a Global Community, 15 credits (IM635L)
  • Theory of Science and Research Methodology, 15 credits (IM626L)
  • Migration and Citizenship, 15 credits (IM633L)
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Master Thesis, 30 credits (IM622L)
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated January 31, 2019
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