Why do people migrate? How do immigrants integrate and develop (new or 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 program in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism, you will focus on questions of high societal significance and policy relevance that relate to:

  • International migration
  • Integration and cultural identity
  • Development of ethnic relations
  • Management of cultural diversity

The program addresses these topics from the assumption that a 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 program contributes to interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical knowledge in the social sciences. We focus on the main theories and approaches developed in the fields of Sociology and Social and Cultural Psychology. In addition to these two central disciplinary fields, we also cover perspectives from adjacent fields such as Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, and Geography.


You will receive extensive training in research methodology, and graduate well prepared for further Ph.D. 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 organizations, and NGOs. The program’s instructional staff participate in the research groups of the Departments of Interdisciplinary Social Science (Prof Verkuyten and Prof Finkenauer and Prof de Wit), Sociology (Prof Buskens) and Methods and Statistics (Prof Van der Heijden).

Multiple high ratings

The Master's program in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism is one of the oldest and most established social science Research Master's programs in the Netherlands. It has an excellent national and international reputation and has been awarded several high ratings by different organizations in the Netherlands.

Program Objective

Through your studies, you develop into a well-qualified science practitioner. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to go on to Ph.D. 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.

Career Prospects

This Master's program prepares you for subsequent Ph.D. training. It also serves as a freestanding program for graduates who aspire to research positions outside academia.

Academic Careers

This Master's program prepares you for a scientific career, in academia (Ph.D. training), research institutes, government organizations, NGOs, and private enterprises.

Graduates are working in positions such as:

  • Ph.D. student (ERCOMER; University of Amsterdam; Radboud University, Nijmegen; Erasmus University, Rotterdam; University of Leuven; Université de Montréal; University of Melbourne; University of Michigan, University of Crete, NIDI or the European University Institute)
  • Researcher (in research companies such as SCP, WODC Ministry of Security and Justice, Migration Policy Group, municipalities, and non-governmental organizations)

What does your job involve?

Ph.D. student:
You will conduct four years of research at a university in the Netherlands or abroad, writing scientific publications and working as a teacher for Bachelor's and Master's students. After you obtain your degree, you can apply for a research function.

Professional Careers

Students who regard the MSc as the terminus of their academic education can capitalize on their:

  • Research experience abroad
  • Foreign language fluency
  • Analytical, research, and reporting skills
  • Successful completion of a demanding program

Graduates are working in positions such as:

  • Policymaker at for example VNG international, the Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst)
  • Advisor at KPMG, International Labour Organization, APCO Worldwide, BMC Group (Dutch site)

What does your job involve?

Business advisor at a consultancy office:
You will be involved in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of various processes within the company. You will be responsible for determining appropriate policies and their entry and execution.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 23, 2019
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2 years
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
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