Bachelor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations


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Program Description

Migration and its effects on a global scale has become one of the most fundamental issues concerning societies worldwide. Governments, corporations, politicians and individuals all over the world try to grasp the possibilities and concerns of increasing mobility on a global scale. International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University addresses these issues.

Refugees from war-torn regions of the world, people seeking to find jobs and a decent living away from their country of birth, executives in multinational corporations; they are all part of migratory movements. This programme studies the effects of migration at a global and national level, on the formation of ethnic communities, religious groups, families, individuals – to find out how policies could facilitate integration and hinder segregation and racism in societies worldwide. It also addresses fundamental issues concerning concepts such as culture and ethnicity.

What makes International Migration and Ethnic Relations unique?

In the past decades, Malmö has gone through a dramatic change. What recently was a working class industrial city is now a thriving city, focused on the production of service and knowledge rather than industrial goods. Malmö is also one of the cities in northern Europe with the largest proportion of newly arrived migrants. It is therefore an exciting place to study the effects of international migration and ethnic relations and we collaborate with the surrounding society concerning these issues. The strong international element in the programme is emphasised by the possibility for students to take an entire semester abroad with one of our partner universities around the world.

What career will I be prepared for?

Graduates typically get jobs within a wide range of areas such as government and non-government organisations concerned with issues of globalisation, migration, refugees, integration and segregation. Graduates can also find jobs connected to social work, journalism and various businesses concerned with global issues. You can also proceed to studies at advanced level/master's courses and eventually conduct research at the PhD level.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


Term 1 contains an introductory course in IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations I), with modules focusing on two main themes within the field: international migration and ethnic relations.

Term 2 contains one course aimed at strengthening the students’ written English proficiency, followed by a course aimed at giving a basis for the students’ conscious and reflected choice of research design and research methods in the field of IMER.

Term 3 consists of two courses aimed at a deeper understanding of the role of international and internal migration in the construction of contemporary societies and how societies address the outcome of such movements, specifically the issues of ethnic diversity and integration: IMER II: The Challenges of Ethnic Diversity and IMER II: Europe and International Migration.

Terms 4 consists of the course Refugees and Asylum Law followed by the course Project Management: Plan, Execute and Evaluate.

Term 5 consist of elective courses, giving the students a chance to develop their interests and knowledge within fields relevant for future work or studies. The studies during term 5 may include field studies, internships or international exchange studies.

Term 6 consists of the courses IMER III: Research Theory and Methodology and IMER III: Project Work.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations shall:

- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the causes of international migration and its effects on sending and receiving societies, using both theoretical approaches and empirical case studies.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how ethnicity and culture are constructed and reconstructed in social processes at societal and micro level, and how diverse forms of group identification and group processes relate to mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in society.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of specific areas within the IMER-field of study which includes current research questions in this field.
- Demonstrate knowledge of methods used within the IMER-filed, in particular the comparative method, ethnographic methods and interviews, text analysis, and quantitative methods.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the multidisciplinary foundation of IMER and of methodological considerations connected to this multidisciplinary approach.

Competence and skills

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations shall:

- Critically discuss various problems in the IMER-field by collecting, analyzing and evaluating information based on scholarly foundations.
- Show the competence to independently, and within an agreed timeframe, identify, formulate and solve problems in the IMER-field of studies, by using theories, methods, research results and various forms of empiricism.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply and reflect on different scientific methods used in the IMER-field of study.
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate and discuss information, problems and solutions with different groups in society, both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate the ability to reflect on how to plan, conduct and evaluate projects addressing issues in the IMER-field.
- Show the ability to communicate research results orally and in writing.

Judgement and approach

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations shall:

- Identify and critically approach questions and problems connected to migration-related phenomena in society like ethnic issues, integration and so on.
- Show the ability to make judgments taking into consideration relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects.
- Show the ability to be critically engaged, understand the role of knowledge in society, and understand the responsibilities behind its use.
- Show the ability to identify their need for further knowledge and competency.

Last updated Nov 2019

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