The programme encourages students to develop a critical and trans-disciplinary understanding of ethnicity and migration. Students learn to analyse the causes of migration, its consequences for emerging formations of race, gender, labour, citizenship, health care, welfare and culture, and its relation to systems of domination and movements of resistance.

Situated at and run by the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), the programme integrates the humanities and the social sciences. All courses are linked to research at the REMESO Institute and faculty members engaged in the programme teach in their respective areas of expertise and specialization.




Incoming Double Degree-students will follow a specialization in global systems of migration, border regimes and inclusion. Emphasis is put on historical, theoretical and sociological analysis of migration as a process that shapes boundaries, social hierarchies and frameworks of citizenship. In the second half of the semester, students may specialize by selecting one or two 7,5-credit modules from REMESO’s additional course curriculum.

Specific foci include:

  • the political economy of globalization as linked to migration
  • migration and stratifications of class and labour between and within countries
  • bodies and emotions in biopolitical migration regimes
  • theories of cultural identity, social inequality and ethnic exclusion
  • Migration and ethnicity in culture and the arts

Tentative course program for the semesters 3 and 4

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

Semester 3 (= 30 ECTS)

  • Migration, Health and Biopolitics, 7,5 ECTS
  • Inclusion, citizenship and exclusion, 7,5 ECTS
  • Class, labour migration and globalization, 7,5 ECTS
  • Critical Methodologies in Ethnic and Migration Studies, 7,5 ECTS

Alternative option Semester 3: students may replace one or both of the two latter courses, choosing instead:

  • PhD course given by REMESO:s International Graduate School, 7,5 ECTS (if available)
  • Special Readings in Ethnic and Migration Studies, 7,5 ECTS (topic announced each semester)
  • Contemporary Issues in Ethnic and Migration Studies, 7,5 ECTS (topic announced each semester)

Semester 4 (= 30 ECTS)

  • MA thesis (including a compulsory Research Colloquium that starts in Semester 3).

Master thesis and examination requirements

Being a multidisciplinary area, Ethnic and Migration Studies at Linköping University allow students to focus their master’s theses on a great variety of issues and problems. Primary empirical material for a thesis in the programme may thus be gathered from a range of different contexts and research activities: ethnographic fieldwork and interviews (of different kinds), archival research, participant observation, statistical surveys or register-data analysis, analysis of policy documents and official sources, interpretation of media discourses, cultural and aesthetic artefacts as well as sociological and historical theories and discourses about race, ethnicity and migration. Depending on which primary material students focus on, methods and methodological approaches will vary accordingly: from close readings of texts, to participant observation and interviews, to quantitative analysis – or any combination thereof. One of the strengths of REMESO as a multidisciplinary research environment is its ability to offer adequate supervision within different empirical contexts, methods and methodological approaches. Students are encouraged to adopt a similar multi- or interdisciplinary profile in their research and writing.

In preparation for the master’s thesis, second year students attend a series of seminars devoted to the Craft of Academic Research and Writing. This seminar series begins early in the third semester and will run through the academic year, at the end of which (May-June) it will be transformed into a forum for the presentation and discussion of completed master’s theses.

The purpose of the seminars is to ensure that students choose a thesis topic well in advance of their embarking on the task and to equip all students with the tools needed to write an excellent thesis. The seminars thus provide an advanced forum to discuss hands-on issues relating to the supervision process, methods, ethical considerations in doing research, access to informants, archives and data, selection of topics, formalities of writing and disposition of a scholarly argument.

During the third semester (autumn), each student will also be assigned an individual supervisor and the topic of the thesis is developed and finally confirmed by the student in consultation with his/her supervisor. Practical, theoretical and ethical issues related to the research process leading to the composition of the master’s thesis are resolved in consultation with the supervisor.

The fourth semester (spring) is mainly devoted to the composition of the master’s thesis. The master’s thesis is written within the main area of study, Ethnic and Migration Studies. It is normally written in English but may also be written in another language, if the student can present good reasons for doing so and provided that supervisor and faculty have sufficient knowledge of the chosen language.

Authors of completed theses will present and defend their work at seminars in June. They will also be assigned (and must fulfil) the role of seminar discussant of a thesis written by a fellow master’s candidate. If other course requirements are fulfilled, they may then proceed to graduation to the degree of Master of Arts in Ethnic and Migration Studies at Linköping University. The length of the MA thesis is normally 60–100 pages.

If the student fails to complete the thesis in time for examination at the end of the second year, s/he will get an opportunity to do so as soon as is convenient within the framework of the second-year master’s seminar.

The Master’s thesis is graded on the ECTS grading scale (A–F), where A=excellent; B=very good; C=good; D=satisfactory; E=sufficient; and F=fail.

Fees and similar

No tuition fees are charged by Linköping University to EuMIGS double-degree students, whether EU-citizens or not. However, should a non-EU double degree student choose to take elective courses at other LiU departments or programs than the host program, tuition fees may apply.


  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, behavioral sciences, health sciences or natural sciences or equivalent qualifications is required.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B), B2.
  • 60 credits from one of the programmes included in the EuMIGS network.

Degree certificate

The student will be awarded the degree of Master of Arts (120 credits) with a major in Ethnic and Migration Studies from Linköping University provided all course requirements are completed and that the student fulfils the general and specific eligibility requirements including proof of holding a Bachelor's (kandidat) or a corresponding degree.

A degree certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. A Diploma Supplement will be attached to the degree certificate.

Nomination and application procedure for pre-selected incoming EuMiGS candidates

  • Nomination deadline April 15
  • Application deadline April 15

For more information about the application procedure, please see

Contact and further details

For further information, please see

Professor Stefan Jonsson
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Study Counsellor Anna Martin
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