Master International Migration and Social Cohesion

University of Amsterdam

Master in International Migration and Social Cohesion

About the University of Amsterdam

A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and 250 study programmes (Bachelor's and Master's), many of which are taught in English, and a budget of around 500 million euros, it is one of the large comprehensive universities in Europe. It is a member of the League of European Research Universities and also maintains intensive contact with leading research universities around the world.

Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted in seven faculties: the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, with programmes offered in almost every field. Over time, the UvA has risen to international prominence as a research university, gaining an excellent reputation in both fundamental and socially relevant research. The UvA's thriving doctoral programmes provide an excellent foundation for engaging in high-quality teaching and research.

The UvA seeks to offer an inspiring international academic environment in which both staff and students can develop their talents optimally. Characterised by a critical, creative and international atmosphere, the UvA has a long tradition of open-mindedness and engagement with social issues, in keeping with the spirit of the city with which it is inextricably linked.

Graduate School of Social Sciences

The MISOCO programme at the UvA is hosted within and coordinated by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, a dynamic, multifaceted institution marked by high academic standards, an international atmosphere, and a vibrant academic community.

The UvA has for decades enjoyed a reputation as one of the most vibrant universities on the European continent. The UvA has particular strength in the social and behavioural sciences, and a large and diverse group of students from many parts of the world.

The Graduate Schools of the University of Amsterdam aim to ease the transition between the Master's and PhD level, deliver graduates with strong research skills to follow professional careers, and create a supporting environment with scholars excelling in a specified field of expertise. Graduate Schools offer exceptional services, activities and events that enhance graduate study. An important facet is the interaction between graduate schools and research institutes, ensuring an interdisciplinary approach and profiting from a wide range of (external) networks.

Migration and Ethnic Studies

While studying in Amsterdam, MISOCO students join the GSSS Master's programme in Migration and Ethnic Studies (MES).

MES is a track of the Master's programme in Sociology. It deals with the different forms, causes and consequences of international migration. It gives particular attention to:

  • the impact of globalisation
  • the regulation of international migration by authorities at different levels
  • the responses of international migrants to the changing opportunity structure

This programme addresses issues of immigrant incorporation, assimilation and diversity in various social fields, including the labour market, education, politics and religion. The programme offers students an interdisciplinary approach to major contemporary concerns regarding migration, using the perspectives from a variety of scientific disciplines. The combination of empirical studies with theoretical reflection provides the intellectual tools and skills that students need to better analyse and deal with the complexities of migration in today's world.

MISOCO Academic Advisor

Dr Sebastien Chauvin is the MISOCO Academic Advisor.
Sebastien Chauvin is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam.
His past research has dealt with labor, migration, gender, and sexuality issues, mostly in France and the United States. He received his PhD dissertation, in November 2007 from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). It was an in-depth participant ethnographic study of mostly undocumented Hispanic immigrant day laborers in Chicago, including the staffing industry that employed them, and the social movements in which they mobilized (it was awarded the EHESS best-dissertation award for that year).
From 2006 to 2008, he was a lecturer in sociology at the Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne. In the past years Sebastien has been working on a collective research exploring the labor-market experience and following the union-sponsored mobilization of undocumented immigrant workers in France. His current work focuses on the relationship between precarious work, the welfare state, and civic inequality.

Published by  MISOCO

30 August 2012