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 master's programme in Internation Migration and Ethnic Relations. 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.

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

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. 

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

Bachelors 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)


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 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. 


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