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Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (MA)

About the programme

The master’s programme in Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence offers a general programme, as well as the subtrack Governance of Migration and Diversity.

Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence general programme

The key subject of this specialisation is inequality in all its forms. You will approach this subject from an intersectional perspective. Since categories of power and identity are always intertwined, the courses in the programme reflect this reality. This means you will study how societies deal with diversity in all its facets, and not per one form of diversity.

Why study the Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence general programme?

As a student of the general programme, you will profit from the wealth of research done by the teachers that are involved with the programme. The concept inequality will be studied from the moment the first empires arose to the present. Examples of key subjects include (the end of) colonialism and slavery, the role of emancipatory movements and migrant history. You will study how people self-identified and how they were identified by others, and how this restricted and created opportunities. You will also learn how to place these processes in a global and comparative context.

Marlou Schrover

Professor of Migration History

Marlou Schrover

"The Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence programme offers you two specializations, namely the main track 'Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence', and the subtrack 'Governance of Migration and Diversity’ (GMD). The interdisciplinary part of the GMD track is fun and useful, it offers a lot of different perspectives and is not centered around the history discipline only. Moreover, the programme is also very much geared to community formation, which means that there is a lot of interaction between students."

MA Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence

Programme structure

The study programme includes a literature seminar, a research seminar and workshop, an academic skills and thesis preparatory seminar, one or two electives and the final Master's thesis. For a more detailed programme and an overview of all the possible electives, please check the Prospectus.

Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

In our research and teaching the comparative method, inspired by an interest in (global) connections, plays a central role. We try to connect local sources with global developments. Primary sources form the building blocks that are needed to understand how people experienced social and cultural changes and global interactions.

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme?

Check the entry requirements

More information about the two specialisations

For more details about the Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence general programme, please visit this page.

Governance of Migration and Diversity is a cooperation between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. For more information about this programme, please visit our Governance of Migration and Diversity page.

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