Why this Study programme

Governance of Migration and Diversity - Sociology

In the master track 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.

This master track is part of the interdisciplinary GMD Master programme, linking the University of Leiden, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam (including the Institute for Social Sciences in The Hague).



What is this master track about?

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.



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 track Governance of Migration and Diversity brings together different disciplines: history, sociology, politics, international development and urban design as a foundation for a better understanding of the governance of migration and diversity.

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 programme. Students can apply to one of the four tracks: 

The Sociology track 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.

Note that participating in the master will involve travel costs between the cities (Leiden, Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam).

How to become a professional in the field of migration and diversity?
Due to its multidisciplinary approach, this Master’s programme enables students to gain a better understanding of migration and diversity.
The multidisciplinary perspectives will help me in the future to critically assess existing migration policies and develop concepts that take greater account of migrants’ needs and aspirations.


Why choose this master programme?

We offer:

  • Knowledge which will allow you to understand 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;
  • Knowledge which will allow you to address governance issues related to migration and diversity;
  • Education which has a direct link to contemporary issues. Students are trained to contribute to the governance of migration and diversity. 



Site visits 

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.


Master Governance Migration and Diversity

Presenting the LDE GMD Student Board

The Student Board functions as the intermediary between GMD students and staff members in a sounding capacity as well as a platform to organize events and outreach activities in close interaction with the LDE Centre GMD. In the face of COVID-19, students have weekly meetings online either within their committees or the entire board to decide on action points within and outside their studies. We welcome you to join!

LDE GMD Student Board

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 30,000+ students come from more than 120 countries around the world and the university is ranked among the most international universities in the world.  

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