About the education

This programme develops your skills in critically examining and evaluating research in relation to international migration. The programme 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; and
  • philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies.

Potential working fields include international organisations, academia, national and local government, NGOs or the media. Graduates are also eligible for PhD studies.

Malmö University offers a one-year and a two-year programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations. The one-year programme provides 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.

More information about the one-year master's programme

The 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.

As a student in the IMER master’s programme, you become part of a multidisciplinary learning environment that is closely connected to ongoing research at Malmö University and the world of migration and ethnic studies. You will be an active producer and critical reviewer of new knowledge. During your studies, you will be encouraged to be independent and creative and to develop your own areas of expertise and interest. The programme offer a comprehensive overview of the IMER research field and areas of specialization that you select yourself.

You are expected to contribute to the shared learning environment. Reading and discussing course material with other students is an essential part of the programme. It is therefore important that you are able to take personal responsibility for your own learning. You should have the capacity for independent work and methodological reasoning and a strong drive to continue developing these abilities. Good command of English in academic speech and writing is expected. 

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

Within the framework of the programme you have the opportunity to do an internship with a relevant national or international organisation, authority, association or company, giving you practical experience outside the traditional classroom setting. You will also get the chance to study abroad for one semester; Malmö University cooperates with a large number of universities to provide exchange opportunities for our students.

This programme offers the opportunity for a Double Degree in Migrations Studies. As a Double Degree student, you will spend the entire second year of your master’s studies at an institute in another country. During this year, you will attend courses and write your master’s thesis.

Upon successful completion, you will be issued a master’s degree by both Malmö University and the host institution. In addition to a valuable international experience, this allows you to get to know other academic and disciplinary perspectives on migration and related topics. It also gives you an edge on the increasingly integrated European labour market.

Within the EuMIGS network (European Master in Migration Studies), Malmö University’s International Migration and Ethnic Relations programme has joined forces with some of Europe’s best master’s programmes in Migration Studies to offer a Double Degree programme.

The programme and teaching are in English, and the language of the master’s thesis is English by default.

Read more about the Double Degree programme

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 media. Students who have completed the programme are also eligible to apply for PhD studies.

Courses within the programme

In the syllabus, you can see the courses offered during the different semesters of the programme.

Entry requirements and selection

Here you can find the entry requirements, as well as how the available study places are distributed between applicants in the selection. 

If you have any questions about general admission, you are welcome to contact us.

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Entry requirements

Bachelor's Degree with a major in Social Science or Humanities

English proficiency, equivalent to English 6 in Swedish upper secondary school

Relevant training in methodology and independent academic work from undergraduate education. This criterion is assessed and approved though a Demonstration of Academic Proficiency (DAP)

Selection

University credits completed 100%

Demonstration of Academic Proficiency (DAP)

You must submit a Demonstration of Academic Proficiency (DAP), together with documentation of your Bachelor’s Degree and your English proficiency, to meet the entry requirements of the programme. To complete your application, follow the steps below:

  • Create an account on universityadmissions.se and apply for the programme. Follow the instructions for documenting your Bachelor’s Degree (or ongoing studies), and your English proficiency, pay the application fee or document your fee exemption
  • Download the DAP form and complete it. Save as PDF and upload to your Universityadmissions account before the deadline.
  • Deadline for submitting the DAP in the first application round (international applicants) is 1 February, 2024.
  • Deadline for submitting the DAP in the second application round (national applicants) is 1 May, 2024.
  • You find the DAP form and the assessment criteria here during the application rounds. 

Submit on time

Only DAP submitted in accordance with the instructions above will be assessed. Late submissions will not be assessed. 

An eye-opening journey to diversity

Originally from Turkey, Akinalp Orhan moved to Sweden to study in the master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations. Shortly after graduating from the two-year programme, Akinalp got a job at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. He now works as an information management officer in...

An eye-opening journey to diversity

Originally from Turkey, Akinalp Orhan moved to Sweden to study in the master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations. Shortly after graduating from the two-year programme, Akinalp got a job at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. He now works as an information management officer in Copenhagen, less than an hour away from Malmö University.

Why did you choose the programme?

I knew that I wanted to study migration studies and looked for education across Europe. I had been an exchange student in Stockholm before and was already used to the Swedish education system, which is different from many other countries. I got offered the master’s scholarship by Malmö University, but before I made my decision, I familiarised myself with the University’s teaching environment, publications, and major projects. The decision was an easy one to make.

What did you take with you from the studies?

One of my key takeaways from my studies is critical thinking. The University and the teachers really pushed us to think beyond the norm, challenge the structure, and question what we know as the ”truth”. I see a significant positive impact of this in my day-to-day job.

I also valued the focus on intersectionality. Until then, I had never reflected on my personal history and never thought about how my own identities intersect with one another. Learning more about intersectionality and becoming more familiar with black women writers was eye-opening.

Another key topic was postcolonialism. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to study abroad, do an internship or take freestanding courses. I decided to take courses, from which one was about postcolonialism and intersectionality. That was one of the best decisions I made during my studies.

How did your studies prepare you for your current work?

After graduation, I worked in UNHCR for some time, preparing research and policy documents. Because I was dealing with issues concerning state and citizenship, I was constantly relying on the knowledge I acquired from my studies.

When people ask me about my study background, I always tell them that taking a master’s degree really teaches you to master the topic in focus. It’s not supposed to be easy, and you need to spend a lot of your time reading, writing, thinking and improving yourself. Just like in working life, you must use critical thinking. At UNHCR, I look at previous policies and doctrines critically, and I have my master’s studies to thank for that. Teachers are very good at pushing you to be critical, ask questions, question societal structures and challenge your own beliefs.

What is your impression of Malmö University?

I often tell people about the library with its large windows. The campus is centrally located and spread out in different parts of the city. If you want to change the environment, you can choose another building.

Academic writing is an important skill to focus on when starting your studies, especially if English isn’t your first language. The University provides webinars and lectures in academic writing. The help I got with the linguistics perspective and with structuring my texts has been extremely valuable, for example, when I got my first job after graduation.

The teaching environment is also something I appreciated, and it turned out to be highly diverse. To have students from so many different backgrounds was an enriching experience. For example, I got to study with people from South America. For someone from Turkey, it is such a distant region, and we learned very much from each other.

Séléna completed a double degree in migration studies

In Séléna Redon-Batique's first year, she studied International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at Malmö University and her second year at the University of Osnabrück. She now works at a centre for asylum seekers in France, where she advises applicants on legal procedures and their rights in...

Séléna completed a double degree in migration studies

In Séléna Redon-Batique's first year, she studied International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at Malmö University and her second year at the University of Osnabrück. She now works at a centre for asylum seekers in France, where she advises applicants on legal procedures and their rights in the country.

My studies helped me gain the knowledge to see the complexity behind topics that can look obvious at first. Now I look for this complexity everywhere and try to question every migration-related opinion I have. I guess that’s why they were so obsessed with ‘critical thinking’ in the course syllabi.

Why did you apply to International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at Malmö University?

I studied Political Science in France and Germany, where I wrote a thesis about the use of rape in conflicts. It was my first step towards human rights research. After my graduation, I took a gap year as a volunteer to help asylum seekers in France. My thesis and work as a volunteer made me want to continue my academic journey in the field of migration and human rights.

I discovered the double degree programme within the EuMIGS network (European Master in Migration Studies). Malmö University was one of the universities in the partnership and offered interesting courses in migration studies. I also wanted to experience student life in a Nordic country. For my second year, I applied to Osnabrück — initially for the courses, but also because I speak German and wanted to reconnect with the language.

What part of the double degree programme did you find most enjoyable and enriching?

I loved every step of it. Moving to new places is always fulfilling. I got to challenge myself and grow as a person. The best part was meeting my peers in the programme and being supported by such a nice group of teachers, both in Malmö and Osnabrück. That’s one thing I didn’t expect: the support from the education teams and how it reassured me for the future. EuMIGS has also taught me to confidently speak in front of an audience, to synthesise ideas, to work in teams, and more. I feel like a more confident adult now.

Would you recommend a double degree to other students?

A double degree can be about three things: a highlight on your CV, a personal search for your true purpose in life, or fun. At the end of my studies, I got an internship at the UNHCR. I think having the programme on my CV was one of the reasons I got it — but it's more than just a title. However, I wouldn't advise anyone to focus only on what looks good on a CV. Any experience can look good on paper. A double degree is great if you want to deepen your knowledge, move around, meet new people and grow.

The former refugee working with asylum seekers

After a family history of forced migration, Haneen Abdel Khaleq knew that she wanted to help others in similar situations. Having studied International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University, she now works with refugees as a Protection Officer in Lebanon.

The former refugee working with asylum seekers

After a family history of forced migration, Haneen Abdel Khaleq knew that she wanted to help others in similar situations. Having studied International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University, she now works with refugees as a Protection Officer in Lebanon.

From Kuwait to Malmö

Haneen and her family were living in Kuwait when the Gulf War erupted in 1990, forcing them to flee along with an exodus of other Palestinians. By the time she was ten, she had already moved from Syria to Jordan to Qatar, before finally settling in Australia.

As an adult, Haneen began working with Palestinian refugees in Jordan and knew that she’d found her calling. Then, at the height of the ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe, she was offered a scholarship to study International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University.

Diversity in and outside of the classroom

“Being in Malmö, where a lot of refugees were arriving from places like Syria, I was able to see the effects of war on displacement and migration first hand, and could then go to class where we discussed this in an academic way.

“Meeting other international students from places like Africa, Asia, and the Middle East enriched my experience as a master’s student. We could share our different experiences and opinions on the kind of things that were going on. That diversity was really valuable.”

Reflecting on her outlook, she says learning about things like the economy, migration flows, and integration has allowed her to think more practically about ongoing injustices and how she can make a change.

“In the future, I would like to work to change migration policies. It might be a bit cliché, but the most important thing to me is to make some sort of difference, even if it’s in a small way.”

Identity and personal growth

As well as an important part of Haneen’s journey towards supporting others, the master’s programme has also helped her to come to terms with certain parts of her own life and identity.

“My studies helped me to understand that my identity doesn’t have to be so rigid,” she explains.

“Who I am doesn’t have to be based on being either Australian or Palestinian. I’ve lived in so many countries up until now and the more I learn and experience, the freer I feel to live and identify the way that I want.”

Contact

For more information about the education:

GPSstudent@mau.se