Structure and Timing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 submission||30 June 2020|
|Graduation||4 Sep 2020|
TIMING FOR 2019-21 COHORT (C9)
|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 submission||30 June 2021|
|Graduation||3 Sep 2021|