What is EMMIR?

The Programme

In order to train for self-motivation and problem-solving skills, the didactics of EMMIR are built around the idea that young professionals need state of the art, in-depth-knowledge in their field plus the tools to present and negotiate, to apply and to conceptualize, to cooperate, administrate and to manage.

In cooperation with numerous actors and institutions in the field, students will probe themselves in specific labour market segments, thus actively linking the contents and goals of the study programme to potential professional specialisations. Accordingly, the catalogue of EMMIR learning outcomes combines academic skills and core competences specific to migration studies and inter/transcultural studies with horizontal skills including professional tools required in the labour market segments graduates seek employment in.


The crosscutting aim of all EMMIR learning outcomes is to impact metacognitive problem-solving skills connected to a critical efficacy belief and the ability of bi- or multidirectional knowledge transfers including acknowledgement of ethic responsibilities. In order to achieve its learning outcomes, EMMIR applies reflexive didactics following clear qualification objectives.

Study Plan

Student mobility is one of the programme’s crucial features. The two-year programme begins in Oldenburg, Germany. In the second semester, all students move to Stavanger, Norway. In the third semester, students attend the partner university of their choice, they complete courses and a project-based internship.


Before the final semester, a joint proposal colloquium leads to the formation of supervision groups continuing in the fourth semester in order to support the research and thesis writing.

Partner Universities

EMMIR integrates knowledge from migration studies, intercultural relations and a wide variety of intersecting fields, such as gender studies, cultural studies, education and development studies, EMMIR is jointly run by a consortium of seven African and European universities:


  • Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany (coordinating).
  • Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan.
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.
  • University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
  • University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
  • University of Stavanger, Norway.
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The programme is embedded in a wide network of associated partners and potential employers for graduates, including international organizations, NGOs, governmental institutions, research centers as well as professionals in the private and the public sector.

Degree and Qualification

The programme is fully accredited since 2013; EMMIR graduates are awarded a joint degree.

They will have gained profound theoretical and methodological knowledge in the field of migration studies, complemented by in-depth expertise depending on their specific disciplinary perspective and their focused area of migration. Moreover, graduates will have been exposed to a specific labour market segment including specific experiences in a project-based manner and will also be able to actively link the study programme and their specific specialisation to the working world. This will allow EMMIR graduates to work in academic and non-academic environments.


To be more precise, graduates will be able to pursue doctoral studies in the field of migration studies in universities and research institutions and to work with national and international governmental and non-governmental institutions dealing with migration, inter/transcultural competence and education, namely intersecting with development issues and/or gender issues.


The programme builds upon a first degree such as a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a field related to migration studies: e.g. Social Sciences, History, Cultural Studies, Educational Sciences, Law, Economics, Development Studies and Journalism. In addition, applicants are requested to document English proficiency at C1 level and, if English is their first language, proficiency in a second language.


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Last modified: 2018-11-06