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Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (MA)

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History (MA)

In Leiden University’s master Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence you will study processes of migration, urbanisation, economic development and global interaction through time.

A comparative and historical perspective to the study of migration

Do you want to explain the refugee crisis? The economic crisis? Persistent inequality (according to gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality)? Crime and urbanisation?  In this master’s programme you will focus on processes that are subjects of heated current societal and political debates. You will study them from a comparative and historical perspective (covering the period 1500 until today) and place them in the wider frameworks of the development of trade networks, the emergence of multinationals, economic growth and stagnation, and regional unification.

Learn from leading academics

Leiden University has a long tradition of studying migration and ethnicity and you will benefit from the expertise of a large team of enthusiastic and very diverse teachers. You will learn to understand and contribute to current debates about migration, urbanisation, globalisation, economic growth and inequality.  You will also analyse urban and state institutions and their effects on inclusion and exclusion, urban crime and criminal behaviour, and the development of freedoms and un-freedoms.

Choose from three specialisations

The Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence programme offers three specialisations:

In the general programme you will make comparisons over time and space, combine historical research with methods and theories from other disciplines like social sciences, linguistics, and economics, and address categories of analysis such as gender, religion, and ethnicity.

In the Economic History specialisation you will study changing labour relations in the 20th century, the role of institutions and their relation to economic development, and the economic history of Europe and the EU. For the early modern period, you can focus on cross-cultural commercial networks, cultural exchange, and comparative socio-economic systems in the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial world. The programme particularly focuses on Systems of Empires.

Please note: You can only choose to do Economic History only if you start in September.

The interdisciplinary programme Governance of Migration and Diversity offers you the knowledge of migration experts in several fields of study, from Leiden University, Delft University and Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE).

For more information, please visit our Governance of Migration and Diversity page.

Study migration through the ages, like Dutch immigration to Australia in 1954.