Governance of Migration and Diversity

What are the opportunities for the management of migration?  How to incorporate newcomers into host societies? How to prevent discrimination and to promote contact and cohesion in culturally diverse societies?

Migration (including refugee migration) is a key issue in current and past political and societal debates.The one-year Master programme in Governance of Migration and Diversity integrates knowledge from various disciplines with a focus on how public and private organisations can respond to the opportunities and challenges offered by migration and diversity. It brings together history, sociology, politics, international development and urbanism as a foundation for a better understanding of the governance of migration and diversity. 

Programme information

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Governance of Migration and Diversity is a subspecialisation of the MA History: Cities Migration and Global Interdependence. Within our programme you will write your thesis at Leiden University and graduate with an MA in History.However, the programme aims to frame the historical study of migration in a wider interdisciplinary context. To achieve this:

  • You attend courses at all participating universities and become an all-round migration expert who is able to analyse and assess migration and diversity from multiple angles (history, sociology, politics, international development and urbanism). For the courses, please consult the e-Studyguide Governance of Migration and Diversity
  • You will build up an extensive academic and professional network.
  • You will focus on how organisations respond to the opportunities and challenges related to migration and diversity.
  • You will address questions such as: what are the opportunities and challenges for the management of migration? How have societies changed in terms of (ethnic/cultural/religious) diversity? How are newcomers incorporated? How can discrimination be prevented?


Click for more information on the entire LDE-programme Governance of Migration and Diversity or contact prof.dr. Marlou Schrover.


Timetables and calendar

  • The  timetables for Governance of Migration and Diversity will give you the locations and scheduling of your classes at Leiden University. Please note that courses outside of Leiden University are scheduled by the other participating institutions. Make sure you are informed on their timetables.
  • The academic calendar provides an overview of course schedules, examination periods and holidays

Prospectus: programme overview and course descriptions

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Governance of Migration and Diversity section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

How to apply for Governance of Migration and Diversity (History track) at Leiden University?  Students apply in the MA History, Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence:

- Go to the enrollment page of the specialisation Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence 
- Start the enrollment procedure via the ‘How to apply’-button on the left hand side of the screen
- Add a short letter of motivation, in which you state that you wish to follow the subspecialisation Governance of Migration and Diversity.

You will graduate with an MA in History, specialisation Cities, Migration, and Global Interdependence.

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations. 

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental or Institute Administration or Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff History

Last Modified: 01-12-2016