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

Programme - second cycle - 120 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2015

Programme Code:
SAIMA revision 9
Date of establishment:
06 March 2007
Date of ratification:
15 November 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 September 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
15 November 2012

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.



For programme with start Autumn 2015:
Autumn 2015 - Semester 1
Spring 2016 - Semester 2
Autumn 2016 - Semester 3
  • -
Spring 2017 - Semester 4

Learning outcomes

On completion of the program the student shall:

• display deepened knowledge of a wide range of issues within the field of IMER and specialized and broadened knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of international migration as well as of dynamics in ethnic relations;
• display in-depth knowledge of theories and methods in the humanities and social sciences, with particular emphasis on issues related to IMER research;
• show an ability to independently develop well-framed 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 and elaborate questions within the field of international migration and ethnic relations from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Master's Degree (120 credits).