The master’s program in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) is a multidisciplinary program that draws on different analytical traditions and approaches to the study of current international developments and research perspectives in international migration and ethnic relations. For example: the effects of globalization 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. The program develops the students’ ability to conduct and assess independent and in-depth analysis from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Study methods include lectures and seminars, group projects, study visits, thesis work and self-study of literature. Teaching activities are planned and done in close connection with research conducted at the department and the university-wide center MIM (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare).




The IMER master program is purely multidisciplinary in both content and faculty, combining theories and methods from different disciplines such political science and sociology, anthropology and ethnology, history and economic history, religious studies and law. Apart from stressing general criteria and values for the development and critical assessment of knowledge, we also emphasize acquaintance with different ways of understanding and investigating international migration, diversity, integration and related phenomena. Teaching activities include participation in academic activities at the department and MIM, such as academic conferences and the weekly advanced research seminar, the Migration seminar. Students of the MA IMER program are thus part of a large research environment.

Tentative course program for semesters 3 and 4

Incoming EuMIGS students will follow a specialization in international migration and ethnic relations consisting of courses (3rd semester) and thesis work (4th semester).

3rd semester (30 credits)

Two 15 credits courses, each consisting of one part lectures and mandatory readings, and one part in-depth specialization through selected readings and group seminars. Each course is examined through active participation in classes and an individually written research review. Possible courses (still pending):

  • International migration (15 credits): Migration and citizenship; Migration and European border regimes; Regfugee migration, international law and state sovereignty.
  • Ethnic relations (15 credits): Xenophobia and right-wing populism in diverse societies; Racial stereotypes and in-group/out-group attitudes in diverse societies.

4th semester (30 credits)

  • Master thesis.

Master thesis requirements and examination

The forth semester is completely dedicated to the master thesis, an individually researched and written academic paper of 20,000 words (+/- 10 %), approximately 50-60 pages. Thesis ideas normally emerge during the preceding 3rd semester in discussions with teachers and course mates. Students have great liberty in selecting a subject within the IMER field, which is then elaborated, delimited and refined in discussions with teachers and supervisor.

The master thesis is the product of independent and original research conducted individually by the student under the supervision of a senior teacher at the department, assigned on the basis of the chosen subject and analytical approach. The thesis has to meet key scientific criteria of substance and form, such as academic honesty, intersubjectivity, correct referencing and source criticism. Furthermore, thesis work is based on a carefully developed research design including valid theory and method, and reliable material/data.

The semester is organized around a series of collective and individual supervision seminars and meetings, in which research ideas, plans and strategies are discussed. Prior to some of these meetings, students have to send in drafts that receive feedback and criticism from supervisors and course mates. The program puts much emphasis on peer assessment and the development of a generic ability to critically review academic work of different forms. To this end, students devote a lot of time reading, reviewing and learning from the work of others, which in turn helps them in their own thesis work.

The final theses are examined in thesis seminars at the end of the semester. Examiners are professors and associate professors at the department. The examination consists both of the thesis defense, in which the student responds to criticism and comments from opponents and the examiner, and opposition, in which the student has to review and discuss another student’s thesis.

Theses are graded by the examiner (not same as supervisor) on a descending scale from A to U:

Grades English grade description
A excellent
B very good
C good
D satisfactory
E sufficient
F fail


No tuition fees are charged by Malmö University from EuMIGS double degree students, whether EU citizens or not as long as they follow the program courses.

Admission requirements

  • Degree of social sciences or humanities.
  • General eligibility + the equivalent of English course B from Swedish secondary school.
  • 60 credits from one of the programs included in the EuMIGS network.

Degree certificate

The student will be awarded the degree of Master of Arts in International Migration and Ethnic Relations from Malmö University provided all course requirements are completed and provided the student fulfils the general and specific eligibility requirements outlines above. A degree certificate is issued on request and a diploma supplement will be attached to it.