Utrecht University

Utrecht Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism


Physiological Chemistry Dpt.

Universiteitsweg 100

Utrecht, Utrecht


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The programme in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism (MERM) is the oldest Research Master’s programme at Utrecht University and was recently (2009) evaluated as one of the top three research masters in the Netherlands. The MERM programme allows you to develop an informed and interdisciplinary understanding of the critical and hotly debated questions about immigration, integration, and cultural diversity. Thus, the programme is ideal for students with a strong interest in these questions and in interdisciplinary social science. The programme focuses on the analysis of different phases and aspects of migration flows, the (social, political and psychological) adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies, and the exclusionary (prejudice, racism) and inclusive (multiculturalism, tolerance) reactions of host societies and majority group members. Students investigate the nature and consequences of ethnic and religious diversity of nation states, in institutions (e.g., schools), and in local settings (e.g., neighbourhoods), with a special emphasis on potential ethnic conflicts and separatism in multicultural societies. The programme is interdisciplinary and you will learn the main theories and approaches developed in social psychology, sociology, political science and anthropology. Further, you receive extensive training in research methodology and statistics. The second year of the programme is predominantly concerned with writing the Master’s thesis that has the form of a publishable article for a peer-reviewed international Journal. The programme prepares students for subsequent PhD studies in institutes in the Netherlands and abroad, including the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). Alternatively, graduates may embark on a career in research or advisory positions in academic institutes, policy organizations, governments, and NGO’s. More than half of our former students who have completed the programme (more than 70) came from outside the Netherlands from countries like Japan, Taiwan, United States, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Germany, France, Rumania, Greece, and Belgium


This Master’s programme has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

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