The master’s program “Immigration Studies” at the University of Liège, Belgium, is a two-year master offering a formation in Sociology specialized in Immigration Studies. The aim of this master is to provide students with a critical view of society and a focus on phenomenon linked to migrations. In this regard, the master offers an innovative multidisciplinary approach taking into account political, sociological, legal and economic aspects of migration. Moreover, students will benefit from courses that impart theoretical, practical and methodological skills in social sciences and more specifically related to migratory processes.

Specialization

The unique feature of this MA program is the multidisciplinary approach promoted by the academic experts. Students will be trained in the study of the political, sociological and economic aspects of migration. Each of these aspects will be taught by experts and reputable professionals in these fields.

Moreover, this master offers the possibility of internships with NGOs, public administrations and international organisations.

Tentative course program for the semesters 3 and 4

EuMIGS-students will have to choose courses that will have a combined total of 60 ECTS.

Mandatory:

  • Master thesis (21 ECTS)

Courses to be chosen for a total of 12 ECTS:

  • Sociologie de l’action publique (French) (6 ECTS) (Sem 4)
  • Epistémologie des sciences sociales (French) (6 ECTS) (Sem 3)
  • European immigration policy (6 ECTS) (Sem 3)
  • Refugee studies – Forced migration (6 ECTS) (Sem 4)

Courses to be chosen for a total of 30 ECTS:

  • Fieldwork or internship (6 ECTS) (Sem 3 and 4)
  • The law of nationality (6 ECTS) (Sem 4)
    • European and international perspectives
    • Complément linguistique en anglais
  • Séminaire de géopolitique de la Méditerranée occidentale (French) (6 ECTS) (Sem 4)
  • Arts, ethnicity and migration (6 ECTS) (Sem 4)
  • Citizenship and the political participation of minorities (6 ECTS) (Sem 3)
  • Undocumented migration, social movements and public policy (6 ECTS) (Sem 4)
  • Current debates in migration and ethnic studies (6 ECTS) (Sem 4)
  • Quantitative methods in Migration Studies (6 ECTS) (Sem 4)

Master thesis and examination requirements

Students doing an Erasmus stay at the University of Liège are not obliged to do their master thesis in Liège. Generally, the normal case is that students return to their home university for the degree phase. However, it is up to students and the host university to decide whether they can pass their master thesis at the University of Liège. EuMIGS-students will be offered all courses necessary to earn the credits and meet the conditions for formal admission to their master thesis and examination. These are the formal requirements from the University of Liège for the process:

  • Students have to contact a member of the teaching staff (who must be in possession of a PhD) from the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences who is familiar with the topic of the students’ thesis. The final topic is agreed upon with the supervisor.
  • Supervisors and students agree on two tutors (who must hold at least a master degree) to assist with the project. One of the tutors must be a member of the faculty or teach in the department. The second tutor may be an expert on the topic and does not necessarily have to belong to a university.
  • The supervisor and tutors make up the jury for the thesis and they will assess the final paper.
  • The topic of the thesis and the selection of jury members are submitted for the approval of the faculty council.
  • Students will defend their paper at a public examination. This defence will also be assessed by the members of the jury.
  • Students must complete a descriptive form in which they briefly present the topic of their thesis. The supervisor has to approve and sign this document, which the student must then submit to the administration of the Faculty of Social Sciences within the allotted time.
  • Students and supervisors agree on the structure of the work, the theoretical framework, the methodology, the presentation and the timing.

The formal requirements for the written thesis are:

  1. A written paper with a maximum length of 70 pages (including bibliography, outline, acknowledgments). This excludes annexes.
  2. The typeface shall be 11 point with 1.5 line spacing.
  3. A cover page following the template from the faculty website.
  4. The referencing method shall be agreed upon by the supervisors and students.

In the case of serious methodological and theoretical failures, the jury may advise students not to defend the thesis.

The oral presentation has to be organized as follows:

  1. A summarized presentation of the work, highlighting some aspects of the research.
  2. Comments and questions from the members of the jury.
  3. Response from the student.
  4. Deliberation.
  5. Feedback given by the jury to the student.

The following table shows the scale for final grades from the Université of Liège-:

Grades Belgian grade description English grade description
18 and more Excellent excellent
16 <18 Très bon very good
14 < 16 Bon good
12 < 14 Satisfaisant good
10 <12 Réussite satisfactory
8 < 10 Insuffisance sufficient
<8 Insuffisance grave fail

Fees and similar

The tuition/registration fee for EU student is 835€. For non-EU nationals, there is an additional fee of 4175€. Some exceptions may result in the waiving of the additional fee. For more information see the following link: http://www.ulg.ac.be/cms/c_8675737/fr/droits-majores-1re-inscription-2017-2018