Master in Sociology, Focus on Migration and Ethnic Studies

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Migration and Ethnic Studies

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This master programme is geared towards students looking to study migration phenomena. In a time where humans move on a global scale and where migration is increasingly mentioned in the political discourse, the need to develop a full-fledged training at master-level, following a pluridisciplinary approach of this topic, was never stronger.

The MA in Sociology, with a focus on Migration and Ethnic Studies at the University of Liège is a two-year full-English master programme. Hence, BLOC 1 and BLOC 2 are both in English only. The aim of this master is to provide students with a critical view of society and a focus on phenomena linked to migration. In this regard, the master offers an innovative multidisciplinary approach taking into account political, sociological, legal and economic aspects of migration. The various subjects involved are taught by recognised experts and professionals. Moreover, students will benefit from courses that impart theoretical, practical and methodological skills in social sciences and more specifically related to migratory processes. Our graduated students will be perfectly trained to pursue a career as experts on migration (for NGOs, foundations, non-profits…), project managers for international organisations, researchers or diplomats, among other careers.

The master in Sociology, with a focus on Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Liège is now part of the EuMIGS network (see Students can either follow the courses at ULiège only or move in one of the EuMIGS partner universities during the second year of the master, and even join a double diplomation programme. In addition to the advantages of a pluridisciplinary approach of the master on Migration and Ethnic Studies at ULiège, this geographical mobility will allow students to observe the dynamics of migration and cultural diversity in two different urban environments.


International mobility

2 options of international mobility can be chosen (see : :

1. Possibility to take part in a EuMIGS double diplomation programme in 2 years : graduates will be given a double degree, one Master’s degree in Sociology, with a focus on Migration and Ethnic studies from ULiège and one Master’s degree from one of the 6 partner universities in Germany, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Switzerland. For more information, see :

In order to take part to this double diplomation programme, students need first to register in the master on Migration and Ethnic Studies at ULiège and they can apply for the EuMIGS double diplomation programme during their first year of master. Applications to this programme will be reviewed on a per-case basis.

2. Possibility to take part in a one semester exchange in one of the 11 partner universities of the EuMIGS Network. For more information, see :


Programme at ULiège


BLOC 1 (1st and 2nd semesters)


Sociology of Migration


Migration, Transnationalism and Development


Theories of Integration, Diversity and Multiculturalism


Refugee Studies


Gender, Intersectionality and Migration


Welfare, Labour and Migration


European Immigration Policy


Research Design and Methods in Migration Studies


Using Quantitative Date and Methods in Migration Studies


Digital Workshop in Migration Studies



BLOC 2 (3rd and 4th semester)


Geopolitics of the Western Mediterranean


Arts, Ethnicity and Migration


Citizenship and Political Participation of Minorities


Sociology of Racism and Antiracism


Migration and Integration Practice and Policies


Master thesis



Career opportunities in international institutions, NGOs, development agencies,…

  • Migration experts in NGOs, foundations, development banks and agencies, and other not-for-profit organisations;
  • Junior professional officers for international institutions such as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the International Labor Office (ILO);
  • Migration and diversity managers for government, development agencies and local authorities;
  • Researchers for academic institutions, think-tanks and NGOs;
  • Specialised journalists and diplomats.

Tuitions fees

The tuition/registration fee for EU student is 835€. For non-EU nationals, the fee is 4175€. Some exceptions may result in the waiving of the additional fee for non-EU nationals. For more information please see the following link :


Access conditions


Applicants for the Master program must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Hold an academic degree demonstrating completion of a minimum of 180 ECTS credits (Bachelor and/or Master) in Sociology, Anthropology, Humanities, Social Science or in Information and Communications (sociology or anthropology concentrations) OR Meet the specific admissions requirements defined by the Faculty of Social Sciences.*
  • NB: If the degree you hold is not listed as a degree granting direct access to this master, you will have to submit an administrative application to the Admissions Office which will examine your application and will, possibly, add extra credits to your programme.
  • B2 level in English

*Students holding a non-Belgian diploma should contact the Admissions Office.


Academic directors :

Dr. Marco Martiniello :

Administrative coordinator :

Yowali Kabamba :

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