Master’s programme Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism

Investigate immigrants’ integration and the consequences of cultural diversity

In our Master’s programme in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism, 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

The programme addresses these topics from the assumption that systematic understanding of the precursors and processes of migration and integration is essential for the development of adequate policies and interventions in pluralistic societies.

Top rated Master’s programme

TopratedProgramme2016With more than 100 graduates, Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism (MERM) is the oldest two-year Master’s (MSc) programme at Utrecht University.

MERM started over 10 years ago and in recent years the programme is assessed as one of the best Master’s programmes in the Netherlands. In spring 2016 the MERM programme was evaluated by students as a ‘Top rated programme’ (Keuzegids Masters).

The MERM programme is completely taught in English and is part of our European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations.

High Quality rating by NVAO

Our Master’s programme is assessed as ‘Good’ by The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, NVAO in their last evaluation (December 2015). The NVAO is tasked by the Dutch and Flemish governments as an independent accreditation organisation for an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders.

More information

Registration for the programme starting September 2016 has now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2017 programme after October 1st. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The registration deadline is April 1st, 2017.

For detailed information regarding Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism visit Utrecht University’s mastersite.

You can contact Dr. Fenella Fleischmann as well, as she is the coordinator of this programme.

4 October 2017: Master’s Open Day

The next-scheduled Master’s Open Day will be held on 4 October 2017. The Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism Programme will be represented at this event, and you will have the opportunity to talk to and ask questions of teachers, students, alumni and student advisers.



MERM, class of 2014

Class of 2014