Master specialisation
Governance of Migration and Diversity

Master's specialisation: Governance of Migration and Diversity

The one year Master specialisation 'Governance of Migration and Diversity' (GMD) integrates knowledge from various disciplines with a focus on how public and private organisations can respond to the opportunities offered and the challenges posed by migration and diversity. It brings together history, sociology, politics, international development and urbanism as a foundation for a better understanding of the governance of migration and diversity.

About the master's specialisation

Migration and diversity are key factors in the most fundamental transformations of society today. These transformations involve migrants and affect society at large. Migration and diversity play a key role in almost any domain of today’s society as well as at the international, national, local and even neighbourhood level. Governments, businesses, international organisations, research institutes and non-governmental organisations are all confronted with it.

Key to this master is an interdisciplinary approach to the governance of migration and diversity. The collaboration between three universities (LDE) offers a unique combination of expertise within a single master's programme. 

Courses are provided by five different departments belonging to one of the three universities: History at Leiden University, Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology and Sociology, Public Administration and the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Choose one of four tracks

The Governance of Migration and Diversity specialisation is offered as part of four master programmes, part of the GMD collaboration:

·  GMD Sociology track, Erasmus University Rotterdam

·  GMD Public Administration track, Erasmus University Rotterdam

·  GMD History track, Leiden University

·  GMD Development studies track, Erasmus University Rotterdam (International Institute of Social Studies)

All students take part in the general part of the master programme which constitutes 50% (30 ECTS) of the courses. The other 50% entails a track-specific programme. 
After completing the master's specialisation, you will be awarded a diploma from the discipline and master's programme you are enrolled in (Sociology, Public Administration, History or Development Studies), with ‘Governance of Migration of Diversity’ as your specialisation. 

For information on the specific tracks, such as admission criteria, please consult the track-websites.

Overview courses GMD courses:

Joint part (30 ECTS, all GMD students)


Governance of Migration and Diversity (5 ECT)     History of Migration and Diversity (5 ECTS)           Politics of Migration & Diversity (5 ECTS)   




 Sociology of Migration & Diversity (5 ECTS)







Migration & Development (5 ECTS)Social Inequality in the City (5 ECTS)       


Sociology track (30 ECTS)


Public administration track (30 ECTS)


History track (30 ECTS)


Development Studies track (58 ECTS)


No master track at TU Delft

Social Science
Research in Practice (7,5 ECTS)


Comparative Public Policy (5 ECTS)


Research Seminar (5 ECTS)


Development Theory (8 ECTS)


Migration & Development Part 2 (3 ECTS)

Urban Governance and Politics (5 ECTS)


Media, Governance and Politics (5 ECTS)





Research Techniques 1 + 2
(8 ECTS in total)

Elective (M&D) ISS or (SI in the C)     

Thesis (22,5 ECTS)



Thesis (30 ECTS)




Designing Migration Policy Research (5 ECTS)



Optional Course (8 ECTS)


Research and Techniques 3 (4 ECTS)

    Thesis Design (4 ECTS) 


Thesis  (15 ECTS)



Thesis (23 ECTS)



Why choose this master's specialisation?

We offer:

  • Knowledge helping you address governance issues related to migration and diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective;
  • Courses offered by leading scholars from three universities and five academic disciplines;
  • Education that directly relates to current issues and trains students to contribute to the governance of migration and diversity in the context of very different organisations;

During this master you will:

  • Develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of migration and diversity, including history, development studies, sociology, public administration and urbanism;
  • Develop a methodological understanding how to study migration and diversity;
  • Develop an understanding of the governance implications of migration and diversity, at the local (urban), regional, national as well as the European and international level;
  • Develop professional skills, such as designing strategies for the management of migration and diversity at the policy level.

Career opportunities

Through the master's programme you are able to develop professional skills. Furthermore, you learn to design governance strategies related to concrete cases in the joint governance course, as well as within the master's specialisations. Graduates of the master's specialisation in Governance of Migration and Diversity will be suited candidates for positions in business organisations (e.g. HR, consultancy), governmental organisations (policymakers, policy advisors, lobbyists) and organisations in civil society (e.g. unions, political parties, research institutes) on the local, national or international level.


Bachelor Open Dag 7

Open days

Open days

Still in doubt about what you would like to study next year? Or do you have some final questions about our programme?

Don't miss the Master Open Day at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, May 17th, 21.00h about the GMD - Public Administration and Sociology track. Register here: 

For all your questions about the GMD - Migration and Development track at ISS check the webinar here:

And read all about the GMD History track here: 


GMD end-of-the-year potluck!

Just before the Christmas break we finished the GMD year in style. We kicked off the day with beautiful poster presentations prepared  by the students, who presented the findings of their GMD research projects. Followed with a festive potluck dinner.

Dear students, best wishes for 2018!

Site visits - governance of migration and diversity in practice

As part of the main course of the GMD the students visit each year several sites of actors that actively deal with governance issues in migration and diversity. Each of the track coordinators organises their own visit, tapping into their own expertise and network to provide a unique insight into the practice of their field.

This year we visited the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Dutch Refugee Council where we learned about their joint approach on the integration of refugees in Rotterdam. After this visit, we travelled back in time with a visit to the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp to learn about decades of migration from Antwerp to North America and the private-public collaborations in the management of these migration flows.

Subsequently, we visited the International Organisation of Migration where we talked about their role as a non-governmental actor in the broader network of the governance of migration. Lastly, the students visited the National Expertise Centre Honour-Based Violence in The Hague were they spoke with researchers from the Centre and the director of SPIOR (Platform for Islamic Organisations in Rijnmond) about their work and the collaboration between different organisations that work on honour based violence.

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