• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
In this Master's programme in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism at Utrecht University, you will focus on questions of high societal significance and policy relevance that relate to: International migration, Integration and cultural identity, Development of ethnic relations, Management of cultural diversity.


Interdisciplinary methodology

This two-year Master's programme contributes to interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical knowledge in the social sciences. You will learn the main theories and approaches developed in:

  • Social and cultural psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political science
  • Anthropology

You will receive extensive training in research methodology, and graduate well prepared for further PhD studies within the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) or another institute in the Netherlands or abroad. Your studies will also prepare you for a career in research or advisory positions within academic institutes, policy organisations, and NGOs. The programme’s instructional staff participate in the research groups of the Departments of Interdisciplinary Social Science (Prof Verkuyten and Prof Vollebergh), Sociology (Prof Buskens) and Methods and Statistics (Prof Van der Heijden).

Multiple high ratings

The Master's programme in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism at Utrecht University 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 has been awarded several high ratings by different organisations in the Netherlands.

The programme is well structured, with a good mixture of interesting theoretical courses on migration and multicultural society and training in research skills.Anouk Smeekes, alumna
Programme objective

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.


  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Year 1, semester 1
  • International migration: theories, types, trends, and policies
  • Identity and cultural diversity
  • Methods and statistics 1: regression analysis and its generalizations
  • Research practical 1
Year 1, semester 2
  • Acculturation and cultural comparison
  • Immigrant integration: inequality and cohesion
  • Methods and statistics 2: structural equation modelling and multilevel analysis
  • Research practical 2
Year 2, semester 1
  • Ethnic conflicts
  • Elective course merm
  • Research seminar 1: theory and hypotheses
  • Research practical 3
Year 2, semester 2
  • Research seminar 2: analysis, results, report
  • Master's thesis studies of migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • You must hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in Social or Behavioral Sciences (for instanceInter disciplinary Social Science, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, or Psychology).
  • You need a GPA of 3.4 (or the Dutch equivalent of 7.5) or higher to be eligible. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 (Dutch equivalent: 7 or higher) will be considered for admission.
  • This programme has a statistical entry requirement, which entails the following:   A good basic knowledge of methods and statistic (totaling approximately 20 EC).
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.