2022 European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations


2022 European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations

Deadline: 14th January, 2022

Location: Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda

Summary: EMMIR is a multi-perspectival Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration and Intercultural Relations run by seven African and European Universities. The two-year joint degree programme is fully accredited and is characterized by a strong dimension of student mobility. Graduates will be qualified to pursue doctoral studies or employment with national and international governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Details: Erasmus+ EMMIR is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies. The first cohort set out to study in September 2011; since 2013 the programme is fully accredited by the national agencies as part of the European pilot project JOQAR. By the end of 2017, five cohorts have graduated with a success rate of nearly 100%. ​

In summer 2016, the programme has been selected for further co-funding under the European Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus label of excellence. Consequently, from 2017 onwards, another three editions of the study programme will be supported by a limited number of scholarships for both European and non-European students.

EMMIR is a unique Master course focusing on migration through an intercultural approach. It provides profound theoretical and methodological skills in migration studies combined with field work in Europe and Africa. It is designed as a multidisciplinary programme that addresses important contemporary issues in an emerging field of study.

EMMIR Partner Institutions:

EMMIR integrates knowledge from migration studies, intercultural relations and a wide variety of intersecting fields, such as gender studies, cultural studies, education, and development studies. EMMIR is jointly run by a consortium of seven African and European universities:

  • Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany (coordinating).
  • Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan.
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.
  • University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
  • University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
  • University of Stavanger, Norway.
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The programme is embedded in a wide network of associated partners and potential employers for graduates, including international organizations, NGOs, governmental institutions, research centers as well as professionals in the private and the public sector.

The four European and three African universities in the EMMIR partnership join forces with associates in the seven partner countries and beyond in order to tie in with social dynamics as well as to secure the employability of the graduates. The areas associates represent are:

  • aid and advocacy,
  • civil society and culture,
  • research and documentation, and
  • local authorities, schools and continuing education.


  • First degree in a related field
  • Proficiency in English (or in 2nd language if English is not native)
  • Final grade minimum of C+ or equivalent
  • Last degree from no more than 5 years
  • Knowledge of migration studies, intercultural relations, and empirical methods

Admission Requirements:

  • The programme builds upon a first degree such as a Bachelor’ degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a field related to migration studies: e.g. Social sciences, History, Cultural studies, Educational sciences, Law, Economics, Development Studies and Journalism.
  • The final grade of the first degree must be a minimum (or equivalent) of C+ and proven by certificates. You are expected to provide documentation of a final first degree by the deadline (a transcript attesting that you took all exams necessary to finish the programme is accepted).
  • Applicants have to document knowledge of migration studies, intercultural relations and empirical methods. Modules completed at the undergraduate level, papers, essays and examination results are considered valid documentation. Preference will also be given to qualified applicants who, in addition, have relevant professional experience.
    • To familiarise yourself with the topics covered in EMMIR, please see our Migration 101 page.
  • Your last degree obtained should not be older than 5 years. If it is older, please make sure to explain in your statement of purpose why you chose to go back to university.
  • EMMIR qualifies students for a masters degree. If you already hold one you should convincingly justify the reasons for wanting to pursue a new masters in your motivation letter.

Language Requirements:

Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must demonstrate proficiency in English by the application deadline.

Selection criteria:

The Consortium Committee Selection Board takes into account the following:

  • Relevance and level of academic qualification
  • Relevance and level of research/professional experience
  • Motivation
  • Proficiency in second/third language


  • Contribution to travel and installation costs
  • Contribution to EMMIR participation costs
  • Monthly allowance


When applying for EMMIR, applicants are invited to apply for one of a very limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarship (except if they have benefitted from such a scholarship before). Applicants will be informed if they are awarded a scholarship with the admission notification. Please note that you can only apply for a scholarship if you have completed a first degree (i.a.w. if you are able to document a finalised degree) by the application deadline in December. No exceptions can be made from this rule.

There are two different forms of scholarships, those for students from Erasmus+ Partner Countries and those for students from Erasmus+ Programme Countries. The scholarship terms depend on the student’s country of permanent residence and main academic and/or professional activity.

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