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Sociology: Migration and Ethnic Studies

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Migration and Ethnic Studies (MES) explores the dynamics of human mobility in the twofold context of globalisation and the persistence of nation-state boundaries.

MES examines how those dynamics translate into ethnic stratification, economic inequality, and cultural diversity in both countries of departure and countries of destination.

The core and elective courses of the MES programme review a wide array of issues, including
* Nation-state formation, borders, migration industries and the politics of migration control
* Migration decisions, networks and movements
* Refugees and asylum in a time of multiple crises
* Citizenship, migrant (il)legality and regularisation
* Migrants in employment and in labour movements; migrant entrepreneurship
* How immigrants and their descents reshape cities; migrants in urban space, housing and education
* Transnational identities, gender, sexuality and class; marriage migration.
* Ethno-racial categorisation, racism and discrimination.
* Cultural, religious and ethnic diversity

Migration is discussed from a broad sociological perspective. The programme provides you with the competences to identify and analyse social phenomena.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

First semester
The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a Thematic Core Course which is part of the track. In the second block students follow an elective preferably relevant to the topic of the thesis. The first semester ends with an intensive Winter School in methods. Different courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodology.
During the semester students will also follow a course in Labour Market Orientation, preparing them for the labour market.

Second semester
In the second semester, students start with an additional elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis.


All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.

instruction modes

Lectures, seminars, study visits, independent research.

job perspective

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.

Specific career examples from alumni of the Migration and Ethnic Studies programme are:

* Officer at the International Migration Organisation
* Doctoral student at the AISSR
* Editor-in-chief at ASIA MATTERS
* Senior researcher at the Centre for Marine Policy

The programme gives students a good basis to pursue their studies at the PhD level. Students with an excellent academic record will be encouraged to complete their Master's studies with the development of a proposal for a PhD study at the University of Amsterdam.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60