The Master’s program “International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIB)” at the University of Osnabrück, Germany is a two-year master with a strong interdisciplinary focus, run by the Institute for Migration and Intercultural Studies (IMIS). In its perspective on migration and its social consequences the program combines the disciplinary perspectives from sociology, history, geography, political science, law, educational science, psychology, linguistics, and religious sciences. Students are trained in critical approaches to and comparative analyses of migration-related phenomena. They learn theoretical concepts as well as methodological tools to conduct their own empirical research.




Incoming EuMIGS Double Degree-students will follow a specialization in ‘migration regimes in practice’. They will be trained in studying migration, migration-related diversity and processes of inclusion as contested issues and objects of regulation that are observed, defined, structured and ‘produced’ by various actors, institutions, discourses, and practices – and also by migration research itself.

Specific foci within the program include:

  • the institutional structures, policies and actors of migration regimes as regulatory systems in a cross-national and historical perspective
  • the history of modern migration
  • refugee migration (regimes)
  • gender and migration
  • the spatial dimension of migration (regimes)
  • academic knowledge production on migration

Tentative course program for the semesters 3 and 4

EuMIGS-students will be offered the following courses which are also attended by our local IMIB students:

Semester 3 (= 32 ECTS)

  • Emerging Migration Regimes (4 ECTS)
  • Migration Regimes and Social Conflicts (4 ECTS)
  • Migration Regimes and Space (4 ECTS)
  • Refugee regimes (4 ECTS)
  • Researching Migration and its Effects (4 ECTS)
  • Elective out of the overall IMIB course program (4 ECTS)
  • 2 papers (15-20 pages) connected to two out of the first five courses above (4 ECTS each)

Semester 4 (= 28 ECTS)

  • MA thesis (24 ECTS plus 4 ECTS for accompanying, compulsory Research Colloquium, including a one day excursion)

Master thesis and examination requirements

EuMIGS-students will be offered all courses necessary to gain the credits and conditions for a formal admission to their master thesis and examination. These are the formal requirements for the process:

  • Students apply for admission stating identity data, their selected thesis topic and their suggestions for two supervisors.
  • One supervisor is required to be a member of the University of Osnabrück, one of the two supervisors must be a professor. The final topic is laid down in agreement with the first supervisor. Both supervisors’ grades are of equal weight in the overall thesis grade.
  • Examinees are required to participate in a colloquium in which they discuss the outline of their theses with their fellow students and supervisors at the beginning of the writing process. This colloquium replaces the defence after the completion of the examination process.
  • Supervisors are expected to help the students refining their research topic and methodology and deciding what sources and literature need to be used; they offer advice in the analysis and interpretation of the data, review the student’s work, and provide him/her with feedback that allows improving it.
  • The examination board formally appoints the supervisors and lays down the date for the submission of the master thesis which is six months after the formal admission to the examination. As a rule, the thesis is assessed by the supervisors within six weeks after its submission.

The formal requirements for the master thesis are:

  • A cover page with thesis title, name of the master programme (IMIB), the student’s name, the submission date, the names of the supervisors
  • A table of contents
  • Main text (annexes are to be included on a CD adhered to the inner back page)
  • A hand-signed declaration of authorship
  • Admitted languages: German and English
  • Expected length: 80 to max. 100 pages.

The master thesis can be written by one author or by a group of authors when there are clearly defined sections stating the respective author’s exact contribution by paragraphs, pages or other criteria.

In case a thesis is assessed with a “fail”, the examinee is entitled to writing a new thesis on a different topic. As a rule, this topic is handed out three months after assessment of the first thesis. A second repetition is not permitted. There are further regulations in cases of deceit (such as plagiarism etc.).

The following table shows the IMIB-scale for final grades:

Grades German grade description English grade description
1.00 – 1.50 sehr gut excellent
1.50 – 2.15 gut very good
2.15 – 2.50 gut good
2.50 – 3.15 befriedigend good
3.15 – 3.50 befriedigend satisfactory
3.50 – 4.00 ausreichend sufficient
4.00 nicht ausreichend fail


No tuition fees are charged to neither EU- nor non-EU-citizens. However, there is an obligatory “semestral fee” of 265 Euros which includes contributions to the social works of the university and to the student representation body AStA and a general public transportation ticket that offers free usage of the entire local transport system in Osnabrück and the surrounding region plus free train rides to major cities in the North of Germany. There can be a waiver for the additional administrative fee of 75 Euros per semester.

Contact and further details


Lisa-Marie Heimeshoff, M.A.
Fachstudienberatung Master IMIB

Universität Osnabrück / IMIS
Room 03/117
Neuer Graben 19/21
D-49074 Osnabrück

Phone: +49 541 969 4749 (Monday-Wednesday)

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