Master specialisation
Governance of Migration and Diversity

Master 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 and challenges offered 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 specialisation

Migration and diversity are key factors in the most fundamental transformations of society today. This transformation involves not just migrants, but involves society at large. Migration and diversity play a key role in almost any domain of today’s society, at the international, national, local and even neighbourhood level, from governments to businesses, international organisations, research institutes and non-governmental organisations.

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

Courses will be provided by five departments within these 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 the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Choose one of four tracks

The Governance of Migration and Diversity specialisation is offered as part of four master programs, 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 makes up for 50% (30 ECTS) of the courses. The other 50% entails a track-specific programme. 
After completing the master specialisation, you will be rewarded a diploma from the discipline and master programme to which you are enrolled (Sociology, Public Administration, History or Development Studies), listing ‘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 ECTS)

Sociology of Migration & Diversity (5 ECTS)


Politics of Migration & Diversity (5 ECTS)


History of Migration and Diversity (5 ECTS)


Migration & Development (5 ECTS)


Urban Studies, Diversity and Design (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)



Elective (5 ECTS)


Research Techniques 1/2/3
(12 ECTS in total)


Thesis (22,5 ECTS)



Thesis (20 ECTS)




Designing Migration Policy Research (5 ECTS)



Optional Course (8 ECTS)


Thesis Design (4 ECTS)


Thesis  (15 ECTS)



Thesis (23 ECTS)



Why choose this master 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;
  • Opportunities to do an internship at an organization affiliated with one of the course lecturers or relevant to the topic of migration and diversity. 

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 of 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

The master programme specifically develops professional skills, in terms of designing governance strategies around concrete cases in the joint governance course, as well as within the master specialisations. Graduates of the master 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

Interested in one of the GMD master tracks?

Come visit us at the master open days: March 16 at Leiden University (History), March 27 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Sociology and Public Administration) or watch the webinar from ISS here (Development track).

See you soon!

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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