International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Master's Programme (One-Year)

Programme - second cycle - 60 credits


Admission requirements

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


Applicants are selected in order according to precedence from submitted two-part supporting document. Note There are specific instructions regarding eligibility or selection on the next tab on this page, called Selection. Please, make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly!

There are specific instructions regarding eligibility or selection on the next tab on this page, called Selection. Please, make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly!

Student Juliet WilliamsThe programme is applicable in many areas. I learned how to think academically and it sharpened my analytical skills. The teachers set the foundation and made us good at what we do. Whatever I do in the future I will be well prepared for it.” - Juliet Williams, student.


This programme develops your skills in critically examining and evaluating research in relation to international migration.
Potential working fields include international organizations, academia, national and local government, NGOs or the media. Students are also eligible for PhD studies.


Once you have completed your application with your academic credentials and English proficiency, you need to submit a supporting document and a reference letter along with your application.

To complete your application, follow the steps below 

  1. Create an account and apply to the programme via the website
  2. Once you have applied you can upload your documents. Applicants in their final year, who will receive their diploma before the programme starts, can also apply but must follow the specific instructions.
  3. The supporting document should consist of two parts:
    •       A summary of the independent degree project you have conducted as part of your first-cycle level education.
    •       A letter of intent in which you describe the purpose and your objectives for applying. 
  4. You should submit a reference letter from at least one member of academic staff, ideally a supervisor or equivalent. The letter must include the contact’s name, affiliation and email address.  Letters should be scanned and then uploaded. 

Download the supporting document to be completed here

Make sure you save your supporting documents before uploading and submitting. Alternatively, you can send them via post, details can be found on


What is International Migration and Ethnic Relations about?

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.

Choose between One-Year or Two-Year Programme

Malmö University offers a one-year and a two-year programme. The one-year programme provides an advanced level specialisation in the field of International Migration and Ethnic Relations. The two-year programme prepares students for future research opportunities and enables further specialisation within one of two themes: Migration and Integration or Migration and Social Theory.

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.

What career will I be prepared for?

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.


“There's an open atmosphere here.” 

Name: Weigan Xu
Age: 24
Study:  Master's programme, International migration and ethnic relations
Origin: China

About coming to Sweden and Malmö
“I chose to live in a city with culture diversity. I have met a lot of people from all parts of the world. People are friendly and helpful, and Malmö is a peaceful city. I hope my experiences will open my mind and hopefully change my options in the future. Previously I was fed up with journalism, the field I studied first, because there is a lot of censorship in my homeland.”

About Malmö University
“I´m very satisfied my studies here. My former professor recommended me to come here because he has also has been a student here. The studying method is very different here from how it is in China. At home we have our examinations in class. Here we have an open atmosphere, where every student writes what she wants and thinks and presents it to the class. We are then encouraged to debate. It involves more critical ideas which is much better. It gives more perspective.”

About the program
“My field is philosophic and it requires me to think more. In addition here in Malmö I feel that I get a chance also to slow my pace and start to think more about my life. Actually, a new idea emerged in my mind after I came to Malmö, and that is that I want to become a merchant in the future.”

About the future
“My plan is not related to my field of study. I want to be a merchant and with my studies I get to know Swedish culture and about people’s consumption habits. Maybe I will start my business here in Malmö.”


Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Other semesters:

Programme Code:
SAIME revision 12
Date of establishment:
30 November 2006
Date of ratification:
15 November 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 September 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
26 February 2009

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.

IMER Master (one-year) Thesis, 15 credits

The one-year master’s programme is concluded with a 15-credit thesis.



For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme the student shall:

• display knowledge of a wide range of issues within the field of IMER and specialized knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of international migration as well as of dynamics in ethnic relations;

• display knowledge of theories and methods of science in humanities and social sciences, with particular emphasis on issues related to IMER research;

• show an ability to independently develop arguments, within agreed timeframes, on the basis of diverse scientific perspectives to identify issues and their complexity in line with strict scientific research procedures;

• show an ability to independently and as part of a group, present this analysis and other findings in a logical and coherent manner, orally and in writing;

• show an ability to evaluate questions within the field of International Migration and Ethnic Relations from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Master's Degree (60 credits).


Further information

Ingrid Alexandersson, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-66 57331

Anne Sofie Roald, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-66 57358

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.