Deze opleiding

The Master's in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism allows you to develop the knowledge, attitude and skills needed to evaluate and conduct premiere research in this important field.

Through your studies, you develop into a well-qualified science practitioner. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to go on to PhD training or a research career outside academia. You will receive a structured and systematic training in theoretically and methodologically advanced research, that will equip you to help solve social science problems in the fields of migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism.


diplomaMSc Migration, Ethnic relations and Multiculturalism (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
maximum aantal plaatsen: 20
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Utrecht?

The MERM Research Master's programme is connected to the European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) at Utrecht University. ERCOMER has an international reputation of excellence and the staff consist of expert teachers and researchers. ERCOMER is linked to the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS), and has a record of pioneering interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of migration, integration, and ethnic relations.
The Master's programme in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism is one of the oldest and most established social science Research Master's programmes in the Netherlands. It has an excellent national and international reputation and receives high rankings in national surveys of both students and experts (professors from other universities) each year. In the Keuzegids Masters 2013, it was rated as one of the best Master's programmes in the Social Sciences (score 79) and was categorised as “Topopleiding 2013” ("Top training 2013").

  • It has an interdisciplinary nature - in particular a combination of social sciences (sociology, political science) and behavioural sciences (social and cultural psychology).
  • You will learn about the processes of migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism in relation to each other.
  • It offers extensive training in advanced methods and statistical modelling.
  • It provides close connections to a research centre with a high-quality research programme (European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations/ICS).

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Master's Open Day Utrecht
De Master's Open Day van de Universiteit Utrecht is op woensdag 4 oktober 2017. Tijdens deze avond geven vrijwel alle masterprogramma's van de universiteit voorlichting. Van 17:00 uur tot 21:30 uur op diverse locaties in de binnenstad, op de internationale campus en op het Utrecht Science Park.
Master's Open Day Utrecht
De Master's Open Day van de Universiteit Utrecht is op vrijdag 9 februari 2018. Tijdens deze avond geven vrijwel alle masterprogramma's van de universiteit voorlichting. Van 13:30 uur tot 18:15 uur op diverse locaties in de binnenstad, op de internationale campus en op het Utrecht Science Park.


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The first year consists of eight courses with four parallel courses in each of two semesters. There are three types of courses:

  • General courses on theory and research in migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism
  • Methodology and statistics, divided into two general courses
  • Two research practicals
Each semester ends with a research practical of four weeks that focuses on the integration of the three previous courses of the respective semester. More precisely, statistical models covered in the methods and statistics course of each respective semester are applied in the research domains covered in the courses on theory and the application of theory in empirical research (of that respective semester), using existing data sets.

The second year includes:

  • One general course on theory and research
  • One research practical
  • An elective
  • Two research seminars devoted to the writing of the Master's thesis
  • Master's thesis

In the elective, you can select a course from another Research Master's programme, follow a relevant Summer School, or undertake a traineeship within a team of researchers in a research institute (within a university setting).

Master's thesis: the thesis takes the form of an article that (in principle) can be submitted to an international journal.

1e jaar
Identity and cultural diversity
7.5 EC
International migration
7.5 EC
Methods and statistics 1
7.5 EC
Research practical 1
7.5 EC
Immigrant integration
7.5 EC
Acculturation: Conditions and consequences
7.5 EC
Methods and statistics 2
7.5 EC
Research practical 2
7.5 EC
2e jaar
7.5 EC
Racism and nationalism
7.5 EC
Research practical 3
7.5 EC
Research seminar 1: Theory and hypotheses
7.5 EC
Master's thesis
22.5 EC
Research seminar 2
7.5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
Research training in the field of migration processes, ethnic relations (acculturation, integration and ethnic conflict) and multiculturalism. MSc's are trained in statistical analysis of comparative data in order to test theories and explanations of relevant processes. The MSc prepares for further PhD training in the field of migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 10237
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 15167
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Students with a GPA of 3.4 (or the Dutch equivalent of 7.5) or higher are eligible. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 (Dutch equivalent: 7 or better) may be eligible and can compensate by other capacities they possess, according to the programme's Admissions Committee.

This programme has a statistical entry requirement, which entails the following:

  1. a basic course in introductory statistics including topics such: univariate descriptive statistics, correlation, univariate regression, one-way analysis of variance (both descriptive and inferential) and a basic course in the methodology of behavioural and/or social science research (experimentation, surveys, observational studies);
  2. knowledge of multivariate analysis tools such as factor analysis, reliability, multiple regression, analysis of variance, dummy variables;
  3. hands on experience with the tools just mentioned (for example, experience with SPSS).

In total, it is expected that students have followed courses totalling approximately 20 EC. If either (2) or (3) is (partly) lacking, this can be remedied in a course of multivariate analysis offered by the Summer School of Utrecht University.

We ask for a motivational letter including curriculum vitae, and two reference letters.

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

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336kamerhuur in Utrechtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1204totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


21 studenten volgen deze opleiding
81% daarvan is vrouw
4 eerstejaars gestart in 2014
75% daarvan is vrouw
30354 studenten aan de Universiteit Utrecht
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Utrecht

66691studenten studerend
31446studenten woonachtig   
€ 336gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
18 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism aan de Universiteit Utrecht is beoordeeld door 16 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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This Master's programme prepares you for subsequent PhD training. It also serves as a freestanding programme for graduates who aspire to research positions outside academia.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Students who regard the MSc as the terminus of their academic education can capitalise on their research experience abroad, foreign language fluency, analytical - research and reporting skills, successful completion of a demanding programme.
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salaris na 1,5 jaar slecht
kans op een vaste baan gemiddeld
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Potentiële beroepen

  • coördinator sociologisch onderzoek
  • directeur onderzoeksinstelling sociale wetenschappen
  • gedragswetenschapper
  • leidinggevende sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
  • methodoloog
  • projectleider-coördinator sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
  • sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoeker
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Prof. Verkuyten

Porgramme Coordinator

T: (030) 253 5559
Studie-informatiepunt FSW
T: (030) 253 4949
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