Duration

1 year (M2, 60 ECTS)
or 2 years (M1 and M2, 120 ECTS)

Start Date

2018-2019 (Master 1)
2019-2020 (Master 2)

Course structure

The Master’s specialization in Migration Studies proposes an advanced-level training in migration and ethnic relations (Master 2, M2), within a Master’s program either in international and European law, social sciences or political sciences.

Apart from one elective course (semester 1), all the M2 courses within the 3 Master’s programs focus on this area of study and are taught in English. Migration and ethnic issues are approached through disciplinary courses (e.g. history of migration, asylum law, sociology of interethnic relations, etc.) and interdisciplinary seminars focusing on specific topics (such as human trafficking, and prejudice and discrimination, for example). Students also acquire methodological skills in research and analysis (qualitative and quantitative techniques, and archival methods). They gain language and organizational skills through specific courses and training experiences. To be accepted into the second year, Master 2, in the one of the three Master’s programs, French and international students should have previously completed a one-year postgraduate degree in a discipline related to their chosen Master’s program and be able to demonstrate their interest in the field of migration and ethnic studies. At the end of Master 2, students will be awarded a Master’s degree either in international and European law, social sciences or political science, with a Migration Studies specialization.

For students with a bachelor’s degree who are proficient in French, it is also possible to start in the first year, Master 1 (M1), within one of the three disciplinary Master’s programs (international and European law, social sciences or political science). M1 provides a general grounding in one of these main disciplinary fields (taught in French). In this first year, students also begin to specialize in migration and ethnic studies through two introductory multidisciplinary courses taught in English.

Teaching and assessment

The Master’s specialization in Migration Studies is based on a variety of teaching methods: lectures, seminar discussions, study visits, group and individual projects, dissertation work.

Students’ work is assessed through different types of assignments, such as papers, oral presentations, end-of-term written exams, research reports (produced individually or in groups).

At the end of Master 2, students submit a dissertation based on their research project or internship (between 30 000 and 40 000 words). This dissertation should be related to the discipline of their respective Master’s programs (international and European law, social sciences or political science) but can also develop interdisciplinary analyses.

Student mobility

Students can choose to spend the second semester abroad in order to conduct their research fieldwork or do their internship. Within each Master’s programs (international and European law, social sciences or political science), the MMS specialization draws on partnerships with different Universities and organizations in Europe and Africa, which provide a variety of research and professional opportunities.

Detailed Syllabus
Master 1 (optional, 60 ECTS)

First semester (September-early January):

Courses
Introduction to migration and ethnic issues - 3EC (taught in English)
English language or other - 3EC
Courses in the chosen major - 18EC (taught in French)

– international and European law, social sciences or political science

Research and professional project
Research project / Internship - 6EC

Second semester (January-June):

Courses
Introduction to migration and ethnic issues - 3EC (taught in English)
English language or other - 3EC
Courses in the chosen major - 15EC (taught in French)

– international and European law, social sciences or political science.

Research and professional project
Research project / Internship - 9EC

Detailed Syllabus
Master 2 (60 ECTS)

First semester (September-early January):

Courses
Approaches from social sciences - 6EC

– Sociology of migrations
– History of migrations

Immigration Law - 3EC
Interdisciplinary thematic seminars - 3EC

– interdisciplinary approaches to topics such as discrimination, refugees, minors in migration, etc.

General skills - 3EC

– Language course
– Course on migration and humanitarian NGOs
– Project building in local, national and international contexts

Elective course - 3EC

– Students choose a course, taught in English or French, in relation to the discipline of their Master’s program (international and European law, social sciences or political science).

Research and professional project
Research project / Internship - 12EC

– Qualitative research methods
– Quantitative research methods
– Building a research project

Second semester (January-June/September):

Courses
Sociology of interethnic relations - 3EC
Asylum Law - 3EC
Contemporary migration politics - 3EC
Interdisciplinary thematic seminars - 3EC

– interdisciplinary approaches to topics such as discrimination, refugees, minors in migration, etc.

Research and professional project
Research project / Internship - 18EC

– Qualitative research methods
– Quantitative research methods
– Archive skills and tools

Students can choose to conduct a research project or to complete an internship in an organization concerned with migration and ethnic issues. If they choose to carry out a research project, they actively participate in the academic life of one of the research centers linked to the program.

There are fewer courses during the second semester and they are concentrated between January and March so that students have time to carry out their research project, or their internship, and prepare their dissertation. Internships start from March and must last at least three months. The final dissertation may be submitted in June or in September.

More information about the syllabus of the Master’s specialization: Detailed syllabus