• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • 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.


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 - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

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

  • More details: For non-EU applicants only: If you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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 need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

You need a GPA of 3.4 or higher to be eligible. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 will be considered for admission. The programme’s Admissions Committee will determine whether these candidates compensate for this GPA with other capacities they possess.

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.
  • You must hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in Social or Behavioral Sciences (for instanceInter disciplinary Social Science, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, or Psychology).
  • This programme has a statistical entry requirement, which entails the following:   A good basic knowledge of methods and statistic (totaling approximately 20 EC).
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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