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The four semesters are organised in modules according to the European Bologna standard. Each module consists of a number of e.g. seminars, lectures, workshops, study trips, tutorials, and other forms of teaching as detailed in the relevant module syllabus; 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).


Please note that the courses on offer are subject to change each year. 

First Semester courses at the University of Oldenburg, Germany


MM11 (8 ECTS) Introduction to Migration Studies: Studying Global Migration in the 21st Century (Intensive Phase).


MM12 (14 ECTS) Evaluating and Developing Research Methods for Transcultural ContextsResearch Methodology for Transcultural Contexts.

  • Migration & Intercultural Relations: Disciplinary Perspectives - Theoretical Foundations

  • Academic Writing and Presentation Skills


MM13 (8 ECTS) Theorising Historical and Contemporary Migration Processes & Intercultural Relations.

  • Historical Dimensions of Migration

  • Theorizing Contemporary Migration & Intercultural Relations

  • Global Migration - Contextualising African Migration

Second semester at the University of Stavanger, Norway


MM21 (12 ECTS) Migration between Time and Temporality: Regional Perspectives.

  • Scandinavia: Historical and Contemporary Migration

  • Norwegian Language and Culture


MM22 (18 ECTS) Theorizing Migration and Multiculturalism. 

You choose three sub-modules according to your interest and focus:

  • Migration and Integration

  • Migration, Borders and Citizenship

  • Aesthetic approaches to working with migration in educational contexts

  • Migration, Gender, Work

  • Controversies over Multiculturalism

  • Citizenship, Multiculturalism and Pluralism

Third semester at the various partner universities


MM31 (15 ECTS) Project-Based Internship (thematic research teams)

MM32 (15 ECTS) Focus Module. You choose one module out of seven according to your interest and focus:

  • Migration and Small Nations: Language, Education and Demography (UNG)

  • Representation, Ethnicity and Nation State (USB)

  • Gender, Multiculturalism, Development (AUW)

  • Forced Migration, Gender and Post-Conflict Setting in East Africa (MUST)

  • Methods and Theories in Migration Studies – Knowledge Production & Inter-disciplinarity (UOL)

  • Migration, Labour, Human Rights (Wits)

Fourth semester at the various partner universities


MM41 (30 ECTS) MA Dissertation

  • Proposal Colloquium (at UOL)

  • Dissertation and Research Colloquium (supervision groups)

What is the ECTS scheme? ECTS is the European Credit Transfer System, a tool of the European Commission for making studies and courses more transparent. It helps students to move between countries and to have their academic qualifications and study periods abroad recognised. ECTS allows credits taken at one higher education institution to be counted towards a qualification studied for at another.  ECTS credits represent learning based on defined learning outcomes and their associated workload. Learn more.

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