Governance of Migration and Diversity

Why study Master Governance of Migration and Diversity - Sociology

In the Master’s specialisation Governance of Migration and Diversity, part of the Master Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, you will learn to understand and manage complex societal developments, with a special focus on the contemporary issues of migration and diversity.

Managing international migration flows can be a challenge. So how can we do this in the best possible way? How can interaction with migrants be stimulated in the countries in which migrants arrive in order to avert discrimination and encourage cohesion? What are the consequences of “superdiversity” for contemporary cities and how can local authorities cope with these consequences?

In our globalised and complex network society, these urgent questions need to be answered. In order to do so, experts who demonstrate analytical skills, connective leadership, entrepreneurial attitudes and a strong ethical compass to achieve innovative solutions for societal problems are needed. This Master’s specialisation in Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses on the research, analysis and governance of societal issues.

What is this specialisation about?

Migration and diversity are key factors in some of the most fundamental transformations of society today. These transformations do not merely involve migrants, and 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.

This specialisation studies migration and diversity from an interdisciplinary perspective, addressing the different aspects of this societal transformation. The programme provides students with a strong theoretical basis. It focuses on sociological theories and research about the drivers of migration.


In addition, the integration of immigrants in receiving countries is examined from a sociological point of view. This includes the structural analysis of, for instance, labour market positions of migrants or problems related to discrimination. Furthermore, the cultural and religious aspects of integration are analysed, for instance, the role of the Islam or the position of Muslims in Europe. During the programme, policies related to migration and the incorporation of migrants are studied. You will learn to critically assess how policies have been developed in cities and countries across the world and how migration and diversity are discussed in broader political debates and in the media.

Joint programme

The Master’s specialisation Governance of Migration and Diversity brings together different disciplines: history, sociology, politics, international development and urban design.


The programme is a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam (including the Institute for Social Studies in The Hague), Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. The cooperation between these universities provides a unique combination of varied expertise within one single Master’s programme. Students can apply to one of the four tracks: History (Leiden University), Sociology and Public Administration (both at Erasmus University) and International Relations & Development (ISS, The Hague).

The Sociology track offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses specifically on sociological theories and empirical research about the drivers of international migration, how people migrate from one country to another (their migratory journeys and the obstacles they are faced with during their journeys) and how migrants are incorporated (or not) after arriving in the receiving society. We focus both on the challenges and the positive consequences of migration for receiving societies. We also research migration and immigrant integration policies, including possible perverse consequences of these policies.

How to become a professional in the field of migration and diversity?
Prof. Dr Arjen Leerkes
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Why choose this programme?

We offer:

  • Knowledge which will allow you to understand issues related to migration and diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective;
  • Knowledge which will allow you to address governance issues related to migration and diversity;
  • A unique interdisciplinary programme, with courses taught by leading scholars from three universities and five academic disciplines;
  • Education which has a direct link to contemporary issues. Students are trained to contribute to the governance of migration and diversity. 
Due to its multidisciplinary approach, this Master’s programme enables students to gain a better understanding of migration and diversity.
Lhamo Meyer
Student Governance of Migration and Diversity
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Erasmus University Rotterdam

Welcome to the highly-ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With 170 nationalities Rotterdam is a diverse and vibrant city. As a harbour city, the arrival of migrants is part of the identity Rotterdam, today and in the past. 

Erasmus University was founded in 1913 as an economical institute. Over the years, it has grown into a university with knowledge of many different disciplines which has become internationally recognised for its distinct social orientation in education and research. Our 26,000+ students come from more than 100 countries around the world and the university is ranked among the most international universities in the world.  

Erasmus University Rotterdam. Make it happen.

Erasmus University Rotterdam: make it happen.