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Programme Structure


Student mobility is one of the programme’s crucial features and the EMMIR study plan combines both group and individual mobility. You study the first semester in Oldenburg, Germany (UOL) and the second semester in Stavanger, Norway (UIS), together with the whole group. Then you choose your individual mobility path during for the third semester, which includes a project-based internship and one of the modules offered by EMMIR partner universities. 


The fourth semester starts with the proposal colloquium in early December at UOL, after which you are free to design your own mobility according to your master thesis. You can focus on your research as well as do internships in any country under the direct supervision of one of the full partner universities.


All 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). 

Mobility Path


Diversity. The mobility path exposes you to different approaches to migration theories and policies, as well as varied intercultural relations perspectives. You study in diverse academic institutions located in economic, social and cultural settings in which you learn through your own experience. You learn about what shapes migration processes from different angles, including migrant's experiences, which are systematically integrated into the study programme.


Individual research focus. EMMIR allows you to develop an individual research focus drawing on the expertise of all involved partners and their specialisation in a decentralised way. Your focus might combine previous knowledge and experiences with a more nuanced understanding of your topic of interest, as well as stronger research skills to address it. 


EMMIR has four programme foci: gender, diversity and intersectionality; development, conflict and justice; representation, power relations and knowledge production; and education and citizenship. They 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, focusing 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 with regard to future employment.

Semester 1

You will spend your first se­mester with the full cohort at University of Oldenburg (UOL), Germany.


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 carry out the IP and provide input on their respective focus module 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 Germany 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.



The first semester includes two congruent courses focusing on methods/methodology and on theories of migration and intercultural relations. In both modules, UOL academic staff will cooperate with international scholars and other guest speakers. 

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 mobility path. By the end of semester 2, you will have further devel­oped your concept of specialisation and research perspective in the field and 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 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.

Options for third semester mobility are: UOL, MUST, USB, UNG, Wits, and Ahfad. Please read more about our partners here.

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 from 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).

For a list of previous theses, see here. For access to a specific thesis, please contact us.

After your thesis is submitted and graded, passing students attend the EMMIR graduation ceremony in Oldenburg.  

Timing for Edition 10 (2022-2024)​


  • Applications open: January 7, 2022

  • Deadline applications for scholarships and non-fee paying study places: March 6, 2022

  • Scholarship and non-fee paying students' admissions: April 30, 2022

  • Deadline for fee paying self-funded students: May/June 2022 (depending on the availability of study places)


  • Orientation Days: September 1 and 2, 2022

  • Intensive phase: September 5 to 30, 2022

  • Semester 1 (UOL): October 4, 2022 to December 16, 2022

  • Semester 2 (UIS): 

  • 3rd semester internships: 

    • 3rd semester module (AUW, Wits): 

    • 3rd semester module (EU Partners, MUST): 

  • Proposal colloquium (UOL): 

  • Thesis writing (any partner): 

  • Thesis submission: 

  • Graduation: 

Timing for Cohort 9 (2019-2021)


  • Applications open: from October 2018

  • Deadline for scholarships: 15 January 2019 

  • Deadline for self-funded: 1 April 2019

Please see this page for further information on application dates.


  • Intensive phase: 2-27 September 2019

  • Semester 1 (UOL): 2 September - 20 December 2019

  • Semester 2 (UIS): 13 January - 30 June 2020

  • 3rd semester internships: July to November 2020

    • 3rd semester module (AUW, Wits): from July 2020 

    • 3rd semester module (EU Partners, MUST): October and November 2020

  • Proposal colloquium (UOL): 7-10 December 2020 

  • Thesis writing (any partner): January to June 2021 

  • Thesis submission: 30 June 2021

  • Graduation: 3 September 2021

Inter-cohort meeting times

During the course of your studies, you have the opportunity to meet with the two cohorts before yours. For example:

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