Structure and Timing

Programme structure

Student mobility is one of the programme’s crucial features and the EMMIR study plan combines group mobility and individual mobility. While you spend the first semester in Oldenburg, Germany (UOL), and the second semester in Stavanger, Norway (UIS), as a group, you follow your individual mobility path during you second study year. Apart from the proposal colloquium at the beginning of your fourth semester in early December at UOL, you are free to design your mobility including study periods at each of the seven partner institutions and internships/research stays in any of the partner countries – under the direct supervision of one of the full partners.


The four semesters are organised in modules according to the Eu­ropean Bologna standard. Each module consists of a number of seminars, lectures, workshops, study trips, tutorials, and other forms of teaching as detailed in the relevant module syllabus (see Module Catalogue); once you have successfully completed a module, you are assigned a specific num­ber of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points. Each semester you need to gain 30 ECTS (120 ECTS in four semesters); one ECTS credit point refers to a workload of 25 to 30 hours (including contact hours, reading, assignments and independent study.

Semester 1

You will spend your first se­mester with the full cohort at UOL. Starting with the Intensive Phase (IP) Studying Glob­al Migration in the 21st century (MM11) in September, you will become acquainted with all partner universities and their aca­demic teachers from the very beginning. All partner institutions jointly carry out the IP and provide input on their respective foci and perspectives as well as their discipli­nary orientations and interdisciplinary net­works. Starting during the IP you may attend a course on German Language and Socie­ty in order to locate yourself in Oldenburg and Germany and the university and to fos­ter multilingual expertise. At the end of the IP, you will begin negotiating your individual study plan with the EMMIR staff, sketching your focus and mobility track and linking the courses selected with your individual profile and objectives. Subsequently to the IP, the two other semester 1 modules (MM12 and MM13) focus on transdisciplinary methods/methodology and on theories of migration and intercultural relations. For the two mod­ules, academic staff at UOL will cooperate with international scholars and other guest speakers. 

Semester 3

In semester 3, you will start fol­lowing your individual mobility path and at­tend a Focus Module (MM32) at one of the partner universities. Also, you will concen­trate on a Project-Based Internship (MM31) following your individual research focus. Framed by a small thematic research team, you will enhance your individual profile: link­ing your disciplinary with transdisciplinary perspectives, having expert knowledge in a specific area, further accentuated by a bi/multilingual profile, research and interaction in the field. Already in con­tact with your potential MA disserta­tion supervisor, you will also use the third semester to develop your disser­tation proposal.

Mobility path

The mobility serves two purposes. First, it exposes you to the variations in migration theories and policies, approaches to intercultural relations and diversity, academic institutions, economic, social and cultural settings shaping migration processes as well as migrants’ experiences – which are systematically integrated into the study programme. Secondly, it allows you to develop an individual research focus – drawing on the expertise of all involved partners and their specialisation in a decentralised way.


The four programme foci (gender, diversity and intersectionality; development, conflict and justice; representation, power relations and knowledge production; education and citizenship) serve as the foundation you will use to develop your individual specialisation and profile, for example by combining them with a geographic focus involving one or more of the countries in the partnership, potentially also linked to your individual language skills.


Further options enhanced by the mobility path are:

  • to focus on ‘major’ nations in global migration, for example Germany, South Africa or Sudan;
  • to focus on intercultural relations/migration issues in small nations and young nation states (Europe, Africa);
  • to change perspectives also regarding theoretical and methodological approaches to migration by, for example, focussing on scholarly work emerging in the Global South;
  • to specialise in comparative research on two or more of the involved countries, drawing on the expertise and access to selected partner networks;
  • to specialise in overarching questions, for example, research on global migration;
  • to become part of a network of networks and to further specify your profile not at least with regard to future employment.

Semester 2

For semester 2, you will move with the full cohort to Stavanger, where the Norwegian and the Slovenian partners are jointly in charge of planning and carry­ing out the teaching. Semester 2 consists of two modules, offering the possibility to further specialise in your field of inter­est. Module MM21 focuses on Migration between Time and Temporality: Regional Perspectives; Module MM22 Theorising Migration and Multiculturalism will give you the possibility to select three out of at least six sub-modules. In the second half of se­mester 2, EMMIR staff at the University of Stavanger and the EMMIR coordinator will provide you with support to organise your individual year 2 mobility path. By the end of semester 2, you will have further devel­oped your concept of specialisation and research perspective in the field; you will commit your further studies to one of the four programme foci (i.e. gender, diversity and intersectionality; development, conflict and justice; representation, power relations and knowledge production; education and citizenship).

Semester 4

The full cohort will meet at the start of semester 4 for a man­datory proposal colloquium at UOL in order to prepare for the thesis on a theoretical and methodological level. The colloquium is carried out jointly by all partners. Subsequently, super­vision groups will be formed attending research colloquia offered at the partner universities. After the proposal colloqui­um, you will dedicate the fourth semester entirely to thesis research and writing. The thesis has to be submitted by 30 June (see MM41).

Timing for 2018-20 Cohort (C8)


Applications open from Sep 2017
Deadline scholarships 20 Dec 2017
Scholarship admission by Apr 2018
Deadline self-funded 5 Jul 2018


Intensive Phase 3 to 28 Sep 2018
Semester 1 (UOL)3 Sep to 20 Dec 2018
Semester 2 (UIS)14 Jan to 30 Jun 2019
3rd semester Internships Jul to Nov 2019
3rd semester module (AUW, Wits)from Jul 2019
3rd semester module (EU partners, MUST)Oct and Nov 2019
Proposal colloquium (UOL)2 to 5 Dec 2019
Thesis writing (any partner)Jan to Jun 2020
Thesis submission30 June 2020
Graduation4 Sep 2020



Applications open from Sep 2018
Deadline scholarships 20 Dec 2018
Scholarship admission by Apr 2019
Deadline self-funded 5 Jul 2019


Intensive Phase 2 to 27 Sep 2019
Semester 1 (UOL)2 Sep to 20 Dec 2019
Semester 2 (UIS)13 Jan to 30 Jun 2020
3rd semester Internships Jul to Nov 2020
3rd semester module (AUW, Wits)from Jul 2020
3rd semester module (EU partners, MUST)Oct and Nov 2020
Proposal colloquium (UOL)7 to 10 Dec 2020
Thesis writing (any partner)Jan to Jun 2021
Thesis submission30 June 2021
Graduation3 Sep 2021


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