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Migration and Ethnic Studies (MSc)

Course Description

The Master's programme in Migration and Ethnic Studies is a track of the Master's programme in Sociology. It deals with the different forms, causes and consequences of international migration. It gives particular attention to:

* the impact of globalisation
* the regulation of international migration by authorities at different levels
* the responses of international migrants to the changing opportunity structure

This programme addresses issues of immigrant incorporation, assimilation and diversity in various social fields, including the labour market, education, politics and religion. It discusses the issues confronting Amsterdam and the Netherlands following the murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh and the apparent rise of anti-immigrant sentiment and rigid assimilationist politics.

The programme offers students an interdisciplinary approach to major contemporary concerns regarding migration, using the perspectives from a variety of scientific disciplines. The combination of empirical studies with theoretical reflection provides the intellectual tools and skills that students need to better analyse and deal with the complexities of migration in today's world.
Studying Migration and Ethnic Studies (MSc) at the University of Amsterdam

The changes taking place in contemporary Amsterdam embody many of the issues that are dealt with in the Master of Migration and Ethnic Studies. Many of the programme's lecturers are researchers at the UvA's Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), an interdisciplinary research institute which examines issues related to migration and integration from a comparative perspective.

The IMES houses a number of internationally respected scholars, whose work revolves around such issues as international mobility, political mobilization and the institutional design of multicultural democracies, public space, labor market participation and entrepeneurship, and life courses and generational change. Graduates of the Master are in an excellent position to apply to IMES's international, English-taught PhD programme.

Accreditation and degree

Depending on the courses and thesis topic chosen by the student, students of the Master's programme in Migration and Ethnic Studies either receive a Master's degree in Sociology (Sociologie). The quality of this programme has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the Master's programme Migration and Ethnic Studies students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree and the title Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology.

Entry Requirements

The programme is targeted at students with a bachelor's degree of the College of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. They are considered to possess the knowledge, insight and skills as referred to below, and will be admitted to the programme on these grounds. This also applies to students with a bachelor's degree in Bèta-Gamma studies of the University of Amsterdam, provided that they have completed a major in sociology (90 EC).

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