Master programme: Governance of Migration and Diversity
The one-year master programme 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 urban design as a foundation for a better understanding of the governance of migration and diversity.
About the master programme
How to reconstruct a city centre? What are the opportunities for the management of migration flows and how to prevent discrimination and promote interaction and cohesion in culturally diverse societies?
In our globalised and complex network society these urgent questions need to be answered. In order to do this, experts who demonstrate analytical skills, connective leadership, entrepreneurial attitudes and a strong ethical compass to achieve innovative solutions for societal problems are needed. The master track in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses on the research, analysis and management of societal issues.
Migration and diversity are key factors in some of the most fundamental transformations of society today. These transformations do not merely involve migrants. Moreover, they have an impact on society at large. Migration and diversity have become highly politicised issues that play an important role in contemporary politics in many countries. These issues influence many different aspects of society, such as education, housing, labour and international relations.
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 master programme is part of the LDE (Leiden - Delft - Erasmus) GMD collaboration and consists of four tracks:
· GMD Sociology track, Erasmus University Rotterdam
· GMD Public Administration track, Erasmus University Rotterdam
· GMD History track, Leiden University
· GMD Development studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam (International Institute of Social Studies)
Why choose this master programme?
- Knowledge which will help you to address governance issues related to migration and diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective;
- A unique interdisciplinary programme, with courses taught by leading scholars from three universities and five academic disciplines;
- A focus on policies, politics and governance at an international, national and local level;
- Education which has a direct link to contemporary issues. Students are trained to contribute to the governance of migration and diversity.
- Top level education. The Public Administration programme at Erasmus University is ranked number 2 in the Shanghai Ranking 2019.
All students participate in the general part of the master programme which constitutes 50% (30 ECTS) of the courses. The other 50% entails a track-specific programme.
Note that participating in this master will involve travel costs between the cities (Leiden, Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam).
After completing the master, you will obtain a diploma from the discipline and master track 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.
Talkshow of Governance of Migration and Diversity
Students of the Governance of Migration and Diversity Master have organized the talk show ‘Europe’s Achilles Heel: The asylum and migration regime unpacked’. With host Iana Hilhorst, guests Thea Hilhorst (ISS), Zeynep Kaşlı, (ISS) Sahar Shirzad and Anna Farrow reflect on current European migration management. What challenges does the EU face particularly at the Greek-Turkish border and regarding refugee camps on the Greek islands? What does the future look like and what are potential solutions?
After the completion of this specialisation you will be able to identify and analyse social issues related to migration and diversity. Furthermore, you are able to provide advice on these problems.
During this master programme you will:
- Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of migration and diversity from various perspectives, including history, development studies, sociology, public administration and urbanism;
- Acquire a methodological understanding in order to study migration and diversity;
- Learn to better understand the governance implications of migration and diversity at the local (urban), regional, national as well as European and international level;
- Obtain professional skills in terms of designing strategies for the management of migration and diversity at the policy level.
Graduates of this specialisation will be suitable candidates for positions in 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.
For example our graduates currently work as e.g. integration advisors at local governments or as project assistants at IOM.
Joint part (25/30 EC, all GMD students)
|Governance of Migration and Diversity (5 EC)||History of Migration and Diversity (5 EC)|
Migration & Development (5 EC)
|Politics of Migration & Diversity (5 EC)||Social Inequality in the City (5 EC) *|
* This course will not be followed by PA students, who instead follow an extra track-course on Legal perspectives of migration and diversity
Sociology track (30 EC)*
Public administration track (35 EC)
History track (30 EC)
Development Studies track (58 EC)
No master track at TU Delft
Comparative Public Policy (5 EC)
History of Migration and Diversity
The making of Development (6 EC)
Encounters in Development (3 EC)
+ dispensation of 1 joint course in block 3
|Media, Governance and Politics (5 EC)||Academic skills and thesis seminar (5 EC)||Research Techniques (8 EC, select from optional ISS courses)|
|Thesis (22,5 EC))||Designing Migration Policy Research (5 EC)||Thesis (20 EC)||Optional courses (16 EC, select from optional ISS courses)|
|Legal perspectives on Migration and Diversity (5 EC)||Thesis Design (4 EC)|
|Thesis (15 EC)||Thesis (21 EC)|
* Sociology-track students receive dispensation for one of the joint GMD courses (selecting between ‘Social Inequality in the City, Diversity and Design’ or ‘Migration and Development’).”
Coordinators of the programme
Dr. Maria Schiller (Public Administration - Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Maria is the Managing Coordinator of the Master Governance of Migration and Diversity and the Coordinator of the Public Administration track. She teaches joint and track-specific courses in the Master and supervises MA theses on a broad range of topics. In the academic year 2020-2021 she will be involved in teaching the courses Governance of Migration and Diversity, Comparative Public Policy, and Designing Migration Policy Research.
Prof. dr. Marlou Schrover (History - Leiden University)
Marlou Schrover is a migration historian and coordinates the History track in the Governance of Migration and Diversity Master. She teaches the course on the history of Governance of Migration and Diversity, and she supervises MA theses on historical subjects, covering a wide range of subjects and a large variety of themes.
Dr. Arjen Leerkes (Sociology – Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Arjen Leerkes is a Professor of Migration, Securitization and Social Cohesion at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a research fellow at the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security. He is the coordinator of the sociology track of the interdisciplinary master Governance of Migration and Diversity, where he also teaches the Sociology of Migration and Diversity course.
Dr. Zeynep Kaşlı (Development Studies – International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague)
Zeynep is the coordinator of the Development Studies track and the mentor of the GMD students at ISS. She supervises MA theses on a broad range of topics related to local and global politics, citizenship, borders, transnationalism, diasporas, mobility and return. In the academic year 2020-2021, she will be involved in teaching the courses Governance of Migration and Diversity, Migration and Development, and Multimethod Social Development Research.
Dr. Reinout Kleinhans (Architecture and the Built Environment – Delft University of Technology)
Reinout is Associate Professor of Urban Regeneration at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Urbanism. He is the coordinator of the joint GMD course ‘Social Inequality in the City, Diversity and Design’. His research interests are urban regeneration, self-organisation, participatory planning, community entrepreneurship, online/offline citizen engagement, social capital and collective efficacy.
At the end of summer you will join a Welcome Day with the students from your academic year. The day kicks off at the ‘Belvedere Verhalen Huis’ in Rotterdam, where we want to welcome you and provide you as students of the new academic year and provide you with some more introductory information. After a light lunch, some of your professors will take you on a‘migration tour’ through the city, which brings us to locations in Rotterdam related to the city’s migration history.
In the evening you have the option to join the graduation of the GMD master students from the past academic year, to get a taste of our graduation ceremony.
Still in doubt about what you would like to study next year? Or do you have some final questions about our programme? Register here for the Master Open Day at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, 28th November 2020, about the GMD - Public Administration and Sociology track.
For all your questions about the GMD - Migration and Development track at ISS check the webinar.
And read all about the GMD History track.
As part of the main course of the GMD, each year the students visit 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.
In previous years we visited:
- Imam Malik Islamic Centre Leiden. The Centre introduced us to the historical context of Islam in the Netherlands and showcased several community activities and projects that the Mosque is involved in.
- The National Expertise Centre Honour-Based Violence in The Hague. Here we spoke with researchers from the Centre and the director of SPIOR (Platform for Islamic Organisations in Rijnmond) about their work and collaborations with Muslim communities on honour based violence, forced marriages and sexuality.
- Special Envoy for Migration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They introduced us migration management issues from the perspective of the Dutch government and allowed us to learn about the priorities of Dutch migration policies.
- The European Parliament and European Commission in Brussel. The students learned about the dilemmas of the EU politics and policy on migration and diversity. We had meetings with the senior advocacy officer at the European Network Against Racism, with the research director of Migration Policy group and a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament for Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld. They explained the challenges of their advocacy work as well as the political struggles they are facing in the area of fundamental rights, asylum and migration.