Governance of Migration and Diversity

Master in Sociology

Dr. Arjen Leerkes, Lecturer

"This interdisciplinary master programme provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge of the causes and consequences of international migration, and of what governments at various levels can and cannot do to steer international migration and its effects on sending and receiving countries. The master programme will equip social sciences students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a professional in the field of migration and migration-related diversity."

What is this specialisation about?

Migration and diversity are key factors in one of the most fundamental transformations of society today. This transformation does not involve just migrants; it involves society at large. Migration and diversity play a key role in almost any domain of today’s society, at many different levels and in various types of organisations. They play a role in education, housing, labour, international relations, they are on the agenda of the United Nations, the European Union, the national government and increasingly also the local level and even the neighbourhood level of government. Migration and diversity are addressed by governments as well as by businesses, international organisations, research institutes and non-governmental organisations.

This specialisation focuses on sociological theories and research about the drivers of migration and the integration of immigrants in receiving countries. Immigrant incorporation is analysed in both structural terms (labour market positions of migrants and the problem of discrimination) and in cultural terms (specifically related to Islam and Muslims in Europe). Gender and migration is another topic that is addressed in the course.

Do you want to learn more about migration and diversity? Examples of a multidisciplinary perspective on migration and diversity issues can be found here.

Joint programme

The Master specialisation of Governance of Migration and Diversity 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.  

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 a single Master programme. Students can apply to one of four tracks: History (Leiden University), Sociology, Public Administration (both Erasmus University) and International Relations & Development (ISS, The Hague).

Why choose this programme?

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.


Besides the general part with mandatory disciplinary courses, you will follow track-specific courses. The general and the track-specific parts each comprise 50% of the Master programme.

Below you can find the curriculum of the Sociology track offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

General courses (30 ECTS)

Governance of Migration and Diversity
(block 1 and 2)

Migration and International Development
5 ECTS Given at ISS
The Hague


History of Migration and Diversity
(block 1 and 2) Given at Leiden University

Politics of Migration and Diversity 

Sociology of Migration and Diversity

Urban Studies, Diversity & Design Given at TU University

EUR - Sociology

track (30 ECTS)

The City as Habitat: The Dynamics of Urban Populations
7.5 ECTS

Start Thesis 

2,5 ECTS





The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information (including the information via the links).

Mode of education

The Master programme in Governance of Migration and Diversity provides state-of-the-art courses and training by dedicated scholars from five academic disciplines. Students will take classes in which interaction between the students as well as between students and professors is central. In these classes attention is paid to discussion of current events related to migration and diversity.